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Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy

Two students and a therapist petting a horse.Students taking a picture on the farm with two of their favorite horses.A student hand painting a horse with safe paint for both parties.






Ms. McGee and Campbell at South Newton Elementary were 2017-18 Innovative Grant recipients.  Their project focuses on Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP), a team approach to psychotherapy.  It is a form of therapy that utilizes horses to help promote emotional growth. Equestrian therapy is particularly applied to patients with ADD, ADHD, anxiety, autism, developmental delays, down syndrome and other genetic syndromes, depression, trauma and brain injuries, behavior and abuse issues and other mental health issues.  Children, mental health professional, equine professional and horse are a team all working in relationship to further the healing and growth of the participants.  Students participated in a 6-week session.  For more information on how to incorporate Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy into your school or classroom, contact South Newton Elementary.

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