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Equine-Facilitated Therapy and Trauma: Current Knowledge, Future Needs

By Marlys Staudt, Donna Cherry

Category Journal Articles

Equine-facilitated therapy (EFT) is a relatively new treatment for trauma and PTSD. EFT as well as animal assisted interventions in general have been introduced and implemented in mental health treatment for children and adults, though the research in support of these interventions has not kept up with practice. The purpose of this review is to examine the use of EFT for clients suffering from trauma/PTSD. Studies were included if PTSD/trauma was assessed and/or was measured as an outcome. A search of relevant databases resulted in nine peer-reviewed studies that met criteria. Studies are summarized and implications for future research are discussed. In general, findings suggest that EFT is a promising intervention for trauma/PTSD. Recommendations include a call for more research that includes veterans as well as for research that explicates the mechanisms by which EFT may be effective


Katie Osborn

Date 2017
Publication Title Advances In Social Work (Special Issue: Trauma-Informed Practice)
Volume 18
Issue 1
ISBN/ISSN 1527-8565
Publisher Indiana University School of Social Work
Location of Publication 902 West New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Language English
Additional Language English
  1. Animal-assisted therapies
  2. Equine facilitated counselling (EFC)
  3. Horses
  4. interpersonal equine therapy
  5. Mammals
  6. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  7. trauma