Equine-Facilitated Therapy (EFT) may be conducted in one-on-one or group sessions, depending on the goals of the client. EFT sessions always include a four-member team: the client(s), a herd of horses, the certified equine specialist, and the licensed mental health practitioner. Goals are set by the licensed practitioner and client(s) prior to beginning sessions. While the equine specialist may have planned activities, the sessions are flexible, allowing the client(s) to find new solutions to their goals.
EFT has been proven helpful for individuals experiencing a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, bereavement and loss, and/or when traditional therapy has not been effective in guiding the client through their therapeutic goals.
Leadership Development Class
Chinook Horses’ Leadership Development Class is a new program of active learning that incorporates a data-driven curricula of academic skills and character education with equine-facilitated activities. The course combines the curriculum of “The Leader In Me” with “The Seven Habits of Healthy Kids.” The hours spent inside the arena address character education themes (such as active listening, working cooperatively with others, time management, and healthy communication) while integrating academic skills (such as reading comprehension, writing, problem solving, and critical thinking).
Social Thinking Groups
Social Thinking Groups, or Equine-Facilitated Learning (EFL), are sessions attended by up to 6 children who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, fetal alcohol syndrome, attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or other diagnoses that may result in learning differences.
EFL sessions always include a four-member team: the client(s), a herd of horses, the certified equine specialist, and the specialized professional(s). The specialized professional(s) in these groups can include an occupational therapist, special education professional, and/or autism specialist. A herd of 2-4 horses is selected by the equine specialist to meet the goals of the children. Our curriculum incorporates Social Thinking, The Zones of Regulations, and Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy concepts. Children of at least 5 years old are grouped with others of similar cognitive abilities.