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How Horses Can Be Used to Enhance Play Therapy


Our 11th chapter of Nature-based Play & Expressive Therapies is authored by Susan Jung, LPC, CPCS, Ed.S titled How Horses Can Be Used to Enhance Play Therapy. This chapter supports the ways equine assisted psychotherapy and learning is an effective therapeutic modality for working with children. Much like toys in play therapy, horses in equine assisted therapy can draw out resolutions to a child’s problems resulting in increased coping skills and improved self-esteem. This chapter walks you through the benefits of using horses with children in therapy. The research presented demonstrates the positive therapeutic results that stem from the presence of horses. The powerful comparison of the principles of play therapy and equine assisted therapy is presented in this chapter. The author also offers a case study that illustrates the outcomes of six therapy sessions with a child using equine assisted psychotherapy and learning.


When asked about her inspiration for writing this chapter, Susan Jung said, "My entire professional career has been working with children and horses. Passionate about both, I believe horses provide a pathway to healing and life-long learning. When a child connects with a horse in a therapy session, something miraculous happens."



Susan Jung earned her Ed.S. in counseling from the University of Florida. She opened Winning Strides to serve clients with equine assisted therapy and learning. Susan is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor in Georgia. As Adjunct Instructor at Wesleyan College in Macon, she teaches Equine Assisted Therapy courses. Learn more about her work RIGHT HERE.


You can get your own copy of our book called Nature-based Play & Expressive Therapies and download your packet of accompanying handouts over on our HOME PAGE.



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