Equine-assisted therapy- research considerations
Date(s) - Thu, Feb 9, 2023 MST
9:00 am - 10:30 am


Presented by Mary Acri, PhD and Meghan Morrissey, LCSW, LAC

1.5 CEU credit

Equine-assisted therapy (EAT), which is part of a larger group of equine-assisted activities and therapies, is experiencing a growth in popularity as a therapeutic option for mental health problems including anxiety, trauma, and autism spectrum disorders. Alongside the growth of these models and increased funding opportunities to support the investigation of EATs as an effective therapeutic model are concerns about safeguarding the health and wellbeing of equines used in this capacity. Additionally, there are multiple ways in which the welfare of equines has been measured, although each is accompanied by limitations. Accordingly, this webinar will provide an overview of utilizing equines in mental health services research, the ethical issues to consider when utilizing animals in research, and efforts to safeguard and protect animals in this capacity. It will focus on identifying and mitigating symptoms of distress, physiological processes that indicate distress, and tools for capturing biomarkers and other physiological responses. The webinar will also describe the state of the field respective to protections in place for using equines in research activities as well as gaps and future directions.


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