School for Social Work
Horsemanship-Therapeutic use, Psychic trauma in children-Treatment, Operant behavior, Quantitative, Equine assisted psychotherapy, Trauma-informed therapeutic intervention, Youth, Trauma, Children
This study uses a quantitative lens to examine if Natural Lifemanship's ® Trauma- Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy ™ (TF-EAP) model is effective in reducing the psychological, emotional, and/or behavioral problems in youth with a trauma history. Secondary data was collected on behalf of Spirit Reins, the organization that implements Natural Lifemanship's ® TF-EAP ™ model, and used to determine the effectiveness of their traumainformed treatment intervention. Through a pre and post-test research design, data analysis was conducted on 40 youths' Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS) total scores to determine intervention effectiveness. Findings suggest that Natural Lifemanship's ® TF-EAP ™ model is effective in reducing the psychological, emotional, and/or behavioral problems in youth with a trauma history.
Dziegielewski, Nakita, "Trauma-focused equine assisted psychotherapy : a quantitative study of intervention effectiveness" (2014). Masters Thesis, Smith College, Northampton, MA.