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Title: Spirite equus : therapists' experience of the perceived benefits of equine assisted psychotherapy
Author: Scheiner, Julie
Awarding Body: University of Wales
Current Institution: Regent's University London
Date of Award: 2011
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This thesis explored the comparatively new field of experiential psychology known as Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) or Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP). According to EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association), EAP is “an emerging field in which horses are used as a tool for emotional growth and learning. EAP is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional. Because of its intensity and effectiveness, it is considered a short-term or brief approach” (EAGALA literature)︣The research presented here consists of interviewing six participants who are practising therapists within the UK and have been practising as equine therapists for at least one year. All therapists had to be qualified and belong to the BPS, BACP or UKCP.︣Grounded Theory was used as the methodology for this research. The research sought to develop a potentially emergent theory of why equine therapy is effective and focused on the development of resonance as a theory.
Supervisor: Pearmain, Rosalind Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Animal-assisted therapy