Shaftesbury Homes uses horses in psychotherapy

Posted on July 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Children’s services not-for-profit provider Shaftesbury Homes has become the first residential care charity in the UK to offer children and young people in care Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), a specialist treatment involving horses. The charity says that while EAP is relatively unknown in the UK, in recent years it has emerged as a powerful form of experiential (or activity based) therapy. In North America a great deal of anecdotal evidence is said to suggest that EAP works as a treatment for challenges such as attachment disorder, anxiety and depression. Shaftesbury Homes decided to provide Equine Assisted Therapy last year as part of its drive to improve the physical and emotional wellbeing of the young people looked after in its homes. The programme runs every fifth Saturday or Sunday at centres in Pulborough or Liss and the facilitators all have experience of working with young people. The charity says results have been very positive and and now plans to train its own staff to use the technique. T

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