equine assisted psychotherapy and equine learning

Equine Assisted Learning for Teens

Horses help teenagers learn trust, relationship building, problem solving, confidence and the value of hard work

Teens Enjoy Equine Assisted Growth and Learning

A powerful and effective therapeutic approach that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, families and groups.

Equine Assisted Learning is incorporated into treatment plans at Elk River Treatment Program (ERTP) to address a teen's various struggles including anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, eating disorders, relationship and communication issues.

Through guided activities with horses and an equine specialist, adolescents learn to interpret non-verbal communication and assertiveness while using creative thinking and problem solving. The goal is to create a sense of calm control that can be used in the moment and in the future. Partnering with mental health professionals, teens can also develop leadership and teamwork skills, build confidence and healthy attitudes.

Equine Enhance Traditional Therapy

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) are effective behavioral health tools used to enhance traditional talk therapy. It provides teens with unique opportunities to learn about themselves and others through activities with horses. Upon completion, they can process their feelings, and recognize behaviors and patterns.

Equine lessons are sometimes compared to the challenges of ropes courses. Individuals and/or groups are given an objective involving horses and work to meet it. Using this type of experiential learning is extremely effective because it allows teens to experience learning at his or her own pace and on his or her own terms.