Harnessing the Power of Equine Assisted Counseling Helps Bring Horses into Professional Counseling Arena – Groundbreaking textbook to be released December 3, 2011
Flower Mound, Texas (PRWEB) November 15, 2011
Its official using horses in counseling sessions is a credible, clinical, effective adjunct to traditional talk therapy. Harnessing the Power of Equine Assisted Counseling: Adding Animal Assisted Therapy to Your Practice, for release December 3 by Routledge/Taylor & Francis, will put the collaborative work of 28 counselors, psychologists and medical doctors into the international mental health arena to help change the face of counseling.
Initiated and edited by Kay Trotter, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, NCC, a counselor in private practice in Flower Mound, Texas, Harnessing the Power of Equine Assisted Counseling provides the clinical protocols to help counselors use Equine Assisted Counseling (EAC) with their clients. The book also includes a chapter from the horses perspective by internationally respected Horse Whisperer Pat Parelli.
Dr. Trotter created some of the first empirical research proving the effectiveness of EAC in her 2006 doctoral dissertation at the University of North Texas. After crunching the data from her 12-week study, Dr. Trotter produced clinical proof horses had a positive, frequently immediate impact on clients. When an article summarizing her dissertation, The Efficacy of Equine Assisted Group Counseling With At-Risk Youth and Adolescents, was published in The Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, a peer-review publication of the American Counseling Association, counselors around the globe contacted Dr. Trotter to learn how to incorporate horses into their practices.
She realized the need for clinically sound instructions to give counselors a greater understanding of EAC, and help them include this powerful, healing dynamic in their professional repertoire.
Dr. Trotter first created a manual with step-by-step instructions for incorporating EAC, then extended an invitation to the international counseling community to share their most effective EAC techniques in an academic format. Her criteria were strict contributors had to be accredited mental health professionals, articles had to contain clinical studies and practices, and the material had to be formatted according to American Psychological Association guidelines.
Harnessing The Power of Equine Assisted Counseling address many of the populations most frequently seeking treatment for issues including trauma, depression, anxiety, autism spectrum disorders, atypical behaviors, low self esteem and poor communication skills, said Dr. Trotter. This is going to be a valuable resource for counselors, universities and the mental health field.
For more information and a complete list of authors contributing to Harnessing the Power of Equine Assisted Counseling, visit Dr. Trotters website at http://www.harnessingthepower.wordpress.com.