Equine Assisted Therapy with Children and Families: Exploring Connection and Attachment
Date(s) - Thu, Mar 30, 2023 MDT
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Presented by Kate Nicoll, LCSW
1.5 CEU credits
The integration of therapy animals into clinical work often allows families to work on the development of empathic connections in an environment that feels non-judgmental and more natural (Gee, 2021). This is supported by the findings of a study that interactions with animals often provides families with a “social catalyst” effect in community settings (McNichols & Collins, 2000) The integration of animals into the clinical work often allows families to work on the development of empathic connections with an animal in an environment that feels less judgmental and more natural and while experiencing interactive activities with a therapy animal may increase body awareness and nonverbal communication (Gee, 2021). This webinar will focus on ways that equine assisted/animal assisted psychotherapy can benefit children and their families by impacting affect regulation, attachment, attunement and affirmation. It will include specific interactive activities that youth and families, together with a psychologist, can do to promote attachment and connection.
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