Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP)
Please refer to the NARHA Standards and the EFP Standards (now in
field testing) developed by EFMHA for more detailed information.
EFP Standards and the Psychosocial guidelines
are available in the individual member’s only area, in the Standards
Manual Section J starting on page 9.
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Facilitated Psychotherapy is defined as a form of experiential
psychotherapy that includes equine(s).
It may include, but is not limited to, a number of mutually
beneficial equine activities such as handling, grooming, longeing,
riding, driving, and vaulting. Equine
Facilitated Psychotherapy is a treatment approach within the
classification of Equine Assisted Therapy that provides the client with
opportunities to enhance self-awareness and re-pattern maladaptive
behaviors, feelings and attitudes.
Facilitated Psychotherapy may be used for people with psycho-social
issues and mental health needs that result in any significant variation
in cognition, mood, judgment, insight, anxiety level, perception, social
skills, communication, behavior, or learning.
Examples include but
are not limited to:
Mental Illness, such as Schizophrenia, Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism, Receptive or Expressive Language
Disorders, Personality Disorders, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress
Major Life Changes such as
environmental trauma, divorce, grief and loss, etc.