Pioneering Book on Adding Horses to Counseling Therapy Now Eligible for On-Line Continuing Education Units

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Reading the pioneering new book, Harnessing the Power of Equine Assisted Counseling: Adding Animal Assisted Counseling to Your Practice, can now earn licensed counselors 16 CEUs through StudyCredit.com.

Harnessing the Power of Equine Assisted Counseling: Adding Animal Assisted Therapy to Your Practice

Dr. Trotter’s clinical research produced verifiable evidence that horses had a positive, frequently immediate impact on (mental health) clients.

By reading a ground-breaking book that helps counselors include horses in therapy sessions, you can now earn 16 Continuing Education Units (CEU).

Harnessing the Power of Equine Assisted Counseling: Adding Animal Assisted Therapy to Your Practice by Kay Sudekum Trotter, PhD, was added this month to StudyCredit.com, an Internet approved provider of CEUs for mental health professionals.

Published last December by Routledge/Taylor & Francis, the book is the collaborative work of 28 counselors, psychologists and medical doctors who use Equine Assisted Counseling (EAC) in their practices. Initiated and edited by Dr. Trotter, Harnessing the Power of Equine Assisted Counseling provides a strong foundation for understanding the effectiveness of EAC, and demonstrates the powerful impact a horse can have in creating a new counseling dynamic. Chapters address using horses to help clients dealing with various traumas and abuse, anxiety, depression, atypical behaviors, social skills and communication issues.

Additionally, a chapter by the internationally renowned "horse whisperer" Pat Parelli offers a look at EAC from the horse’s point of view and demonstrates how to develop a relationship with a therapy horse in a safe and respectful manner. Through case studies, clinical protocols and step-by-step instructions, the book helps counselors understand how to add horse therapy to their existing practice. Harnessing the Power of Equine Assisted Counseling will also instruct students seeking to learn about this innovative approach that’s changing the counseling arena.

Counselors can purchase the book through Dr. Trotter’s website at http://www.KayTrotter.com or at amazon.com. When they give correct answers to 18 out of 25 questions in the StudyCredit.com quiz, they will receive 16 CEUs.

Dr. Trotter is internationally recognized for creating some of the first empirical data proving the effectiveness of EAC. She conducted a 12-week study for her doctoral dissertation at the University of North Texas to determine what impact including a horse in counseling therapy would have on a group of elementary and middle school students. Dr. Trotter’s clinical research produced verifiable evidence that horses had a positive, frequently immediate impact on clients. An article summarizing her dissertation, “The Efficacy of Equine Assisted Group Counseling With At-Risk Youth and Adolescents,” was published in The Journal of Creativity in Mental Health™, a peer-review publication of the American Counseling Association.

For more information and a list of authors contributing to Harnessing the Power of Equine Assisted Counseling, visit Dr. Trotter’s website at http://www.KayTrotter.com.

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