Couples Equine Therapy
Where: Hunter Valley NSW
When: 4-9 June 2017
EOIs close: 31 March 2017
- Download: Couples Euqine Information Sheet
- Download: Guide to Completing Expression of Interest Forms
- Download: Expression of Interest Form
- Download: Participant Acknowledgement Form
- Download: Medical Questionnaire (inlcuding Medical Approval Form)
Please note: all the above forms and letters need to be completed and sent together for your application to be valid.
Equine Therapy for couples isn’t your traditional marriage intervention, but a chance to spend time away together where the focus is on the well-documented, therapeutic gains of working with animals. The program is modified for couples so it includes time working on elements individually and time together. Participants also complete activities like working on Love Languages with their partner, creating artwork, and practicing mindfulness.
Participants in the Equine Therapy Program interact and engage with horses through an educational and emotional experience, in a safe and calm environment, learning basic natural horsemanship while developing a trusting relationship.
This week long program offers participants a straightforward experience where they learn horsemanship skills; they also participate in Equine Assisted Learning, using the Equine Psychotherapy Australia Model. This aims to assist personnel with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to support their return home and help them deal with day to day aspects of their home life, work life and relationships.
Evidence shows that equine therapy helps people with anxiety, depression and other emotional challenges to build trust and confidence, improve physical wellbeing, and enhance social skills. The bond between horse and rider has proven highly therapeutic for many people who may otherwise find it difficult to communicate with others.
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