Archives for June, 2012

Depression

Equine Therapy: A Path to Visualization?

So often we are told to visualize what we want, and then our chances of achieving it will be greatly increased. While this idea is easy to understand and based in the study of neuroscience, the reality of it may actually be much more difficult for some people.

For people who are enveloped in self doubt, fear and worry, the tendency to second guess the visualization can be quite strong. Yes,...
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SMWC Launches a New Minor in Equine Therapy

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) is pretty innovative. But then again, so is equine therapy. Perhaps this is why SMWC just launched a new minor in it.

According to Janet Clark, , Vice President of Academic Affairs, the human equine-facilitated minor, which was developed by the department of social sciences and the department of equine studies, allows students to be well prepared for a meaningful career in equine work.

“This unique minor is...
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Equine Therapy: An Interview with Hippotherapy Professional: Amanda De Lizzio

After the popularity of my last interview with an equine therapy professional, I thought another would be appropriate. This one is with occupational therapist Amanda DeLizzio.

DeLizzio specializes in hippotherapy, and works at the Memorial Hospital program in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Memorial Health System partners with Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center (PPTRC) in Falcon to provide these services. PPTRC is the only therapeutic riding center in the region that has received premier...
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Equine Therapy: Finding Balance On The Back Of A Horse

While we frequently speak about having more “balance” in our lives, the term can seem a bit vacuous. What exactly do we mean by more balance? And further, does the term refer to psychological balance, such as equal parts positive and negative emotions? Or are we speaking about balance between psychological and physical energy?

Clearly, balance can be hard to define, and even harder to find. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, one of...
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An Interview With an Equine-Assisted Expert Pam Salem

While there are a number of ways to describe equine therapy to those not familiar with horses, sometimes there is nothing better than a personal interview. For this blog, I interviewed Pam Salem, an equine expert and co-facilitator of the equine therapy experiential program at English Mountain Recovery.

Pam is also the founder of Equine Assisted Assets, which is dedicated to the growth and advancement of equine therapy.
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Equine Therapy: Can Horses Make Us Better Parents?

Parents will go to great lengths to improve their skills. During challenging times, when parent-child relationships become fractured, the adults in the equation can feel particularly frustrated and in need of resources. And although there are a great many books and articles on methods of parenting through difficult times, what parents may really need is a way to practice these skills on something other than their child.

Typically, when in the...
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