EVIDENCE SUPPORTING THE FAMILY PROGRAMME

 

  • Clients are more likely to view a natural, outdoor setting with horses to be a relaxing and safe environment for intervention over traditional therapeutic settings (Bachi et al., 2011).

 

  • The engaging, interactive and positive experiences in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) allow clients to reframe their initial negative concepts of therapy (Bachi et al., 2011; Dell et al., 2011). As a result, clients' resistance and reservations are reduced, allowing for deeper participation in the therapeutic process and enabling change to occur (Miller & Rollnick, 2002).

 

  • EFP has been found to enhance relationships, interpersonal effectiveness, trust, self-esteem, and overall feelings of well-being in participants (Rothe et al., 2005; Schultz, Remick-Barlow, & Robbins, 2006).

 

  • Clients report being more independent and self-supportive following EFP (Klontz et al., 2007).

 

  • 82% of adolescents who participated in EFP with their families had a clinically significant improvement in mental health symptoms (Mann and Williams, 2002; as cited in Trotter et al., 2008).

 

  • Equine assisted social work improved the relationship between clients and social workers through authentic and informal interactions during horse activities (Carlsson, Nilsson Ranta, & Traeen, 2014).

 

  • Horses could act as a catalyst for the development of trust between client and staff (Karol, 2007).

 

  • EFP helps clients to identify, validate, and attend to their non-verbal cues and emotions rather than suppress them with maladaptive behaviors (Stauffer, 2006).

 

  • Studies indicate that equine assisted therapy can be less time intensive and more intimate, focused, and intense; therefore, it is a more cost effective alternative to traditional therapy (Meinersmann, Bradberry & Bright-Roberts, 2008).

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