An Argument Against Animal Experimentation

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

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

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

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?

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

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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Why Horses: The Healing Power of Animals

Why Horses: The Healing Power of Animals

The research is clear: being and interacting positively with animals is good for us humans – physically, emotionally, cognitively and socially. As a part of our series, Why Horses, this article provides a brief overview of some of this human animal bond research.

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Equine Facilitated Wellness – The Certification Conundrum

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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