An Argument Against Animal Experimentation

This article was written by my 15 year old daughter and makes a number of important arguments relevant for any field that involves animals, including a discussion of the evidence supporting animal sentience.

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Slowing Down

Through a case study example learn how and why a slower approach to Equine Therapy makes space for deeper levels of learning – about horses and ourselves.

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Dancing With Skye

Working with a horse at liberty is a delicate and intricate dance. This article explores and applies lessons from this ‘dance’, including the importance of attachment, to human relationships including parenting.

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Four Legged Therapists

'Sam' is small for his eight years. His parents described him as a good student, outgoing with lots of friends; that was, until he moved schools last year. Since then his grades have plummeted, no friends come round for supper anymore, and Sam...

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The What, Why and Who of AAT?

(written for the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, March 2016) “You do what? ........ With who? …………… Why?” Twenty years ago, when I was first developing a practice in Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and Equine Facilitated Wellness (EFW) I...

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EFMH Ethics: Interests of the Four Legged Therapists

One of the most memorable lessons from my graduate studies was one of the simplest. I can clearly remember our professor taking a jug of orange juice and using it to fill a number of glasses. Before long the jug was empty and there was no juice left for...

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Equine Facilitated Wellness – The Certification Conundrum

I receive a huge volume of inquiries from people looking for trainers, practitioners and certification programs in the Equine Facilitated Wellness and Animal Assisted therapy field. How do you find a program that is physically and emotionally safe for all involved – two and four legged? In a largely unregulated field there are many different options and lots to think about – whether you are looking for a training program or a counsellor. This article explores these questions including a case study highlighting different approaches and a list of key questions to ask potential service providers.

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