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Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP)
Fact Sheet

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 memberís only area, in the Standards Manual Section J starting on page 9. 
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Equine 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.

Equine 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:

  • Anxiety Disorders

  • Psychotic Disorders

  • Mood Disorders

  • Behavioral Difficulties

  • Other Mental Illness, such as Schizophrenia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism, Receptive or Expressive Language Disorders, Personality Disorders, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, etc.

Major Life Changes such as environmental trauma, divorce, grief and loss, etc.

rev 03/04/2008