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Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH Intl.) is the non-profit credentialing organization for accrediting centers and certifying instructors and equine specialists. PATH Intl. Certified Instructors use these equine-assisted activities and therapies to help tens of thousands of individuals each year with physical, mental and behavioral challenges gain strength and independence through the power of the horse. Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) helps people from all backgrounds and all walks of life in a variety of ways, including increasing strength and flexibility, improving motor skills, promoting speech and cognitive reasoning, and building relationships and social skills.
The individuals served by PATH Intl. members may face any number of challenges, including paralysis, multiple sclerosis, autism, Down syndrome, substance abuse, traumatic brain injury or amputation – but all benefit from the power of the horse . (Excerpt taken from PATH International https://www.pathintl.org/what-is ) .
Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy is provided by credentialed mental health professionals who also are trained to work with horses. Strategic treatment goals for equine interactions can address self-awareness, maladaptive behavior, feelings and attitudes, peer and adult relationships, and mood. The equine becomes an active partner in this interaction, eliciting responses, feelings and behaviors from the child and adult that are observed, evaluated and processed by the therapist.
***Miss Kelly is currently studying through PATH International, in order to be certified as a Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. This will allow her to work alongside a therapist, with patient and equine. We are hoping to have the Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy program implemented in Spring Of 2020.
Mental health providers and therapists, please contact us via e-mail at EAAT@blackdawg.org for more information.