Equine Therapy (also called Equine Assisted Psychotherapy or EAP) has long been a part of the clinical services offered at Sunrise. Each Equine Assisted Therapy session is facilitated by a master’s level therapist, along with an experienced equine specialist. Our equine therapy team members are trained by EAGALA, the leading provider of education, standards, and support to equine therapists.
Equine Therapy is centered on metaphors that mirror real life on many different levels and are used to raise young child’s awareness of the issues they carry. As individual issues arise within the equine setting, the students have en-vivo opportunities to work through such issues. It provides a natural setting in which to face fears and increase confidence and self-esteem. These sessions with our students help address a variety of behaviors, including:
Family communication problems
Anger and acting out behaviors
Grief and Loss
Substance use and recovery
Following Equine Therapy sessions, our horse trainers spend time teaching the students about horse safety; grooming, caring for, and saddling horses; leading and tying; mounting and dismounting; saddle posture; and preparing horses for riding. Our students can also participate in free riding and private riding lessons as we continue our tradition of offering our students a top-quality, community-integrated, and experiential education.
In addition to our weekly Equine Therapy sessions, we include a horsemanship class as part of our academic curriculum. This class increases both the number of students who can participate at once as well as the time each student will spend learning about, and caring for, our horses.
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