Each student selects an emphasis in education/special needs, organizational and leadership development, or mental health. Students taking the minor should be prepared to work directly with horses in the arena and outdoor environments. All equine activities are on the ground (no mounted activities).
Equine Assisted Therapy Minor (21 credit hours)
Equine Assisted Therapy Minor - Required Courses
Survey of the history, purposes, theory, methods, and applications of the use of equines to enhance human social and psychological well-being. Classroom and arena participation, with shadowing and interview activities with practitioners in the field. Campus only. Fall odd years.
This course studies the intervention process as it is applied in programs that offer equine facilitated therapies. Students develop skill in each step of this process. The course emphasizes the theoretical basis for selection of interventions, communication and observation skills, group dynamics, and experiential learning. Classroom and arena participation. Campus only. Fall even years.
Forty documented hours in placement in an approved setting that provides equine assisted mental health, growth and learning, or organizational development services, under the supervision of an experienced practitioner. Campus only. Fall and Winter semesters. May be taken repeatedly.
Study of equine behavior, human non-verbal expression and animal-human interaction. Classroom and arena participation. Alternative Format. Winter even years.
The capstone course in the Equine Assisted Therapy minor integrates knowledge gained in previous courses and advances student skill in selecting, implementing, and evaluating equine-based processes. Course activities are relevant to the student's chosen area of emphasis (mental health, organizational/leadership, or education). Classroom and arena participation. Campus only. Winter odd years.
Choose one of the following areas of emphasis.
Choose an approved business elective. Consult with your academic adviser for further details.
Choose an approved education elective. Consult with your academic adviser for further details.
Choose an approved psychology elective. Consult with your academic adviser for further details.
Suggested Sequence of Courses (two-year sequence)
- PS 111 General Psychology
- EA 100 Introduction to Equine Assisted Therapy
- PS 260 Developmental Psychology (even year)
- EF 200 Horse and Human
- EF/PS/HS 300 Internship in Equine Assisted Therapy
- EF/PS/HS 300 Processes in Equine Assisted Therapy
- EF 400EA Capstone Course in Equine Assisted Therapy
Elective course may be taken in any semester.
Information about Course Requirements
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