FIU-BRIDGE uses horses as therapy for kids in foster care

Psychologist turns to horses as therapy for kids in foster care

Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy is used to improve health, happiness and wellbeing.

According to FIU News, researchers at FIU-BRIDGE and the Family Therapy Program at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) have partnered with Stable Place, a non-profit organization, to provide Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy as an additional form of treatment for children in the SOS Children’s Villages-Florida.

Led by FIU psychologist Michelle Hospital and supported by funding from the Ware Foundation, the project is developing effective Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy interventions to increase self-confidence, improve interpersonal relations and reduce anxiety and depressive symptoms among foster youth ages 10 to 17.


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