Date of Award


Document Type

Capstone Paper


Counselor Education

First Advisor

Veronica Johnson


The purpose of this paper is to gain further understanding of the history of animal-assisted therapy, specifically looking at incorporating equines as part of the therapeutic process. The use of equines in therapeutic settings, or equine-assisted psychotherapy, is an emerging field in the mental health profession. Current research indicates that the presence of animals in therapeutic settings provides physical, physiological, and psychological health benefits for clients as well as professionals in the field. This paper will further discuss how horses can be used as a tool and instrument of change among various populations. Additionally, theory in relation to equineassisted psychotherapy is discussed as well as a review of ethical considerations.

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