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Tuesday, April 24 • 8:40am - 9:00am
Effectiveness Of Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy For The Treatment Of Psychiatric Disorders

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Psychiatric disorders, primarily those such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, affect a large amount of the population. It is approximated that 1 in 5 individuals suffer from conditions that can be classified as mental disorders. Current treatment for a range of these psychiatric disorders is centered around approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as are often supplemented by the use of pharmaceuticals. This method has not been proven to be particularly effective in treating such disorders, particularly ones such as PTSD, anxiety and depression.The possession of such disorders tends to have co-morbid effects, such as lowered self-esteem, social skill deficits, and underachievement, both academically and professionally. Due to the multitude of negative outcomes for those with these conditions, research has been facilitated in order to propose new approaches to provide solutions with higher efficacy in the treatment of patients suffering from such conditions. Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy is one such method that is beginning to receive support from both the traditional medical, and holistic medicine, communities. EFP is centered around utilizing traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approaches in conjunction with specifically developed activities to incorporate equine animals into the treatment plan. This approach is beginning to acquire an evidence base to support the practice, and a higher number of patients are beginning to choose this method, due to its' numerous benefits and potentially long-lasting effects.

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Tuesday April 24, 2018 8:40am - 9:00am
406 Sherrill Center

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