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Masters Thesis

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Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School for Social Work


Horsemanship-Therapeutic use, Psychotherapy, Post-traumatic stress disorder in children-Treatment


This pilot study explores the Natural Lifemanship Trauma-Focused Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy Model. Connecting trauma studies and other forms of bottom-up regulation, this study positions equine-assisted psychotherapy as a potential trauma intervention method. The Behavioral Assessment System for Children (BASC) was used to measure changes in client participant feelings and behaviors over an eight-week period. The changes produced via t-scores demonstrate that there was a decrease in anxiety, depression and somatization as well as an increase in adaptability.




iv, 55 pages : color illustrations, Includes bibliographical references (pages 39-41)