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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.
Alexander, Julia M., "Natural Lifemanship trauma-focused equine assisted psychotherapy model : is there a change in children's feelings and behaviors over time?" (2017). Masters Thesis, Smith College, Northampton, MA.
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