Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning

Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning

The Human-Equine Relational Development (HERD) Approach

1st Edition - May 4, 2017

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  • Author: Veronica Lac
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128126011
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128126028

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Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning: The Human-Equine Relational Development (HERD) Approach offers a hands-on approach to integrating equine-assisted therapy and learning into mental health treatment. Based on the HERD Institute model, the book showcases a series of case studies that cover working with patients with trauma, attachment disorders and depression. Additional case studies show varied approaches to working with families, couples and culturally-diverse populations. Ethical and safety considerations are covered, emphasizing the importance of both human and equine welfare in the equine-facilitated psychotherapy and learning model.

Key Features

  • Identifies the benefits of equine-facilitated therapy and therapeutic riding
  • Features case studies of equine-facilitated psychotherapy in different settings
  • Discusses use of therapy for depression, trauma, attachment disorders and more
  • Includes use with couples, families, individuals and culturally diverse populations


Mental health professionals working in EFPL; academic researchers in this field; upper level undergraduate and graduate students

Table of Contents

  • Part I

    Chapter 1. Introduction

    • Abstract

    Chapter 2. Why Horses? What is Equine Therapy?

    • Abstract
    • The Therapeutic Benefits of the Human–Equine Bond in Equine-Assisted Interventions
    • “Equine Therapy”: The Need for Clarification
    • Therapy Versus Therapeutic
    • The HERD Institute Model of EFL
    • Equine-Assisted/Facilitated Therapy
    • What Is Equine-Assisted/Facilitated Psychotherapy?
    • The HERD Institute Model of EFP

    Chapter 3. Philosophical Foundations

    • Abstract
    • Philosophical Relevance
    • Phenomenology and Embodiment
    • Buber’s I-Thou
    • Buber’s I-Thou and Horses

    Chapter 4. Theoretical Foundations

    • Abstract
    • Broadening Horizons and Digging Deep
    • Core Theory
    • Embodiment and Authenticity
    • The Embodied Relational Self

    Chapter 5. Theoretical Foundations II: Where Does the Horse Fit in?

    • Abstract
    • The Magic of Horses
    • Projection/Mirroring
    • Attachment
    • Groundwork
    • Mounted Work

    Part II

    Chapter 6. Ethical Practice in EFPL

    • Abstract
    • The Professional Relationship
    • Discussion on Safety and Ethics
    • The HERD Safety Protocol
    • Safety Around Horses
    • A Safe Therapeutic Relationship
    • The Role of Assistants
    • A Safe Place
    • Leveling the Playing Field: A Place in the Herd
    • Ethics of Working With Horses
    • Horsemanship Development
    • Horse Suitability

    Chapter 7. The HERD Model of Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy

    • Abstract
    • Stage One: Sharing Space
    • Stage Two: Release and Expand
    • Stage Three: Deepening
    • Stage Four: Coming Home
    • Stage Five: Integration
    • Summary

    Chapter 8. The HERD Model of Equine Facilitated Learning

    • Abstract
    • Scope of Practice
    • The HERD Model of EFL
    • Experiential Learning
    • Stage Two: Relating
    • Stage Three: Integrating
    • Themes, Culture, and Language
    • Summary

    Chapter 9. The HERD Model of EFP in Action

    • Abstract
    • You Had Me at Hello
    • New Beginnings: Taking the First Step
    • Case Studies
    • Release and Expand
    • Revisiting the Lessons Learned
    • Back and Forth
    • Case Study 2: Embodied Touch
    • Case Study 3: The Language of Love
    • Case Study 4: One Breath, One Movement
    • Case Study 5: Integrating the HERD Model of EFP with Humanistic Play Therapy
    • Case Study 6: Sinking into Support
    • Case Study 7: We Are All Connected
    • Case Study 8: Working with Veterans
    • Conclusion

    Chapter 10. The HERD Model of EFL in Action

    • Abstract
    • Case Study 1: Creating a “ME”-Shaped Space
    • Case Study 2: A Bubble of Two
    • Case Study 3: Anticipating Needs
    • Case Study 4: Everyone Wants to Belong
    • Case Study 5: Resilience and Vulnerability
    • Case Study 6: Just Sniff
    • Conclusion

    Part III

    Chapter 11. Horse Sense, Business Sense

    • Abstract
    • Starting Equine-Facilitated Work
    • Setting Up Shop
    • Human First Aid Kit
    • Equine First Aid Kit
    • Where Are You Going to Do the Work?
    • Fee Structure
    • Networking and Marketing
    • Demonstrations and Workshops
    • Conclusion

    Chapter 12. Final words

    • Abstract

Product details

  • No. of pages: 204
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2017
  • Published: May 4, 2017
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128126011
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128126028

About the Author

Veronica Lac

Dr. Lac is an Equine-Assisted Therapist at the HERD Institute in New Albany, Ohio. She designs, implements, and assesses equine-facilitated psychotherapy and learning. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor working with individuals, groups, and families in traditional therapeutic settings as well as through animal-assisted interventions, specializing in clients with eating disorders, trauma, and attachment disorders. She has published in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology as well as the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health.

Affiliations and Expertise

Equine-Assisted Therapist, HERD Institute, New Albany, Ohio

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