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

This class meets primarily online Fall 2019 A term (9/3/19-10/21/19) with one intensive in person session on Saturday, October 12, that meets at a farm offsite. Transportation to and from St. Paul campus provided, departing at 8:00am and returning at 5:30pm. Course fee of $42 covers transportation, materials, and breakfast/lunch/snacks. Contact Christina at csh-academics@umn.edu for permission numbers.

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 historical and theoretical concepts which helped develop various types of EAATs, and how the growth of EAAT nationally and internationally has continued to mold the profession. Students will learn to describe safety guidelines, best practices as they are currently known, and precautions and contraindications in EAAT sessions.

During an one-day face-to-face class, students will engage in hands-on learning with horses and apply course concepts and topics during this intensive.

Students will evaluate peer-reviewed literature in EAAT research to identify the strengths and weaknesses of such published material. 

Students will synthesize reading, lecture and experiential learning to develop an EAAT plan for an assigned target group population.

Course Objectives 

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Discuss 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. Recognize principles and practical applications when providing EAAT to impact human goals and objectives.

4. Recognize the five domains of practice within AAI (physical, social, cognitive, spiritual and psychological domains) and discuss how they are utilized within EAAT.

5. Engage in hands-on experiences with equines in an effort to understand the basic tenants of planning and facilitating EAAT programs and services.


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