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Authors: Lockhart, Stephanie
Supervisor(s): Supervisor: Dr. Paul Jerry (Athabasca University) Committee Member: Dr. Murray Anderson (Athabasca University)
Examining Committee: Dr. Darlene Chalmers (University of Regina)
Degree: Master of Counselling
Department: Faculty of Health Disciplines
Keywords: Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy
Issue Date: 13-Jun-2024
Abstract: The primary objective of this study was to investigate the therapeutic benefits of equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) as an intervention for children under the age of 10 who have experienced recent trauma from the voices of adults who work with this population. The specified traumas that children may encounter are kept vague for this research study so as to protect the anonymity of an already vulnerable population. The aim was to understand how EAP might serve as a valuable modality for healing and provide support to this specific population. A qualitative research methodology employed in this study utilizing data obtained through narrative interviews that focused on participants' experiences of engagement in EAP sessions. The study involved individuals taking part in four EAP sessions, after which data was collected using individual narrative interviews and focus groups. The study sample consisted of four adult professionals in occupations related to caring for and educating children aged ten and younger. The participants kept from disclosing whether the children they were interacting with had experienced traumatic events. The insights gained from the interpretations of the participants’ experiences offered valuable understanding regarding the potential of programs, such as EAP, in providing benefits to children who have recently undergone traumatic experiences. The thesis findings represent the perspectives of professionals engaged in fields closely associated with the study and care of children such as education, justice, social services, and early childcare. This research aimed to expand psychotherapy options, specifically in Saskatchewan, Canada, enhancing mental health resources for trauma-affected children.
Graduation Date: Jun-2024
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10791/465
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