Latrobe Health Assembly

Equine Therapy Program


Project Objectives

This style of therapy, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), was not available to local people but now offers an alternative to the current suite of services available within the community. It is particularly attractive to people who do not engage in traditional talk therapies.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) has garnered substantial interest in recent years, among researchers, clinicians, the media and the public. The utility of animal-assisted therapies, usually with trained therapy dogs, has been well-established through a literature review and there is a growing research base to support the use of EAP in trauma recovery.

Research by GCASA has found strong clinical and empirical evidence that EAP can be an effective mode of psychotherapy, including in cases where patients are reluctant to engage with conventional psychotherapies due to ethnicity, age, cognitive ability or treatment resistance.

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