CSPH 5643 - Horse as Teacher: Equine-Assisted Activities & Therapies (EAAT)

This is a remote course. Course will meet primarily online, but will have a required synchronous meeting  date. Check the class search for in person meeting dates and times. 

Course Description:

This course is designed to introduce students to the field of Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) and to the range of therapeutic and learning opportunities found within equine interactions.

Five domains of practice in EAAT are covered and include physical, social, cognitive, psychological and spiritual contexts.

The course presents concepts which helped develop various types of EAATs and shape the practice. Students will learn the necessity for safety guidelines and precautions/contraindications in EAAT sessions.

During an one day intensive class, students will observe therapeutically trained horses demonstrating course concepts by developing an EAAT program plan for an assigned target population.

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss how the history and theory within the broader field of Animal-Assisted Interactions (AAI) and how these have influenced all forms of EAAT.
  2. Identify ethics, standards, professional competencies, and precautions and contraindications when providing EAAT.
  3. Examine principles and practical applications when providing EAAT to users from various populations. 
  4. Observe trained horses performing EAAT to better understand the basic tenets of planning and facilitating EAAT programs and services.

Course Details

Course ID: 
CSPH 5643
Graduate Students, Undergraduate students with junior status or above, or instructor consent.
Semesters Course Offered: 
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