Equine Therapy: An Introductory Approach

The following event is being provided the Heritage Community and is not officially sponsored by the Utah Recreation Therapy Association. This is a courtesy post.


Friday, October 25th, 8:30am-4:30pm, Lunch will be provided 


Come learn about equine facilitated psychotherapy, and a variety of approaches within the field. Equine therapy is a fast growing industry, and has a variety of uses within experiential therapy. It can be used to help individuals, groups, families, businesses, war veterans, and more. It can be beneficial for any age group, and can also be used to teach valuable life lessons and skills, such as relationship building, team work, leadership, self-awareness, anti-bullying, and more. This conference is designed for therapists, horsemen, or those interested in learning more about equine therapeutic approaches available today.

Participants will learn about a variety of approaches and certifications available in equine therapy. They will be taught the differences between Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP), and Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL). These methods have shown to be very powerful in helping participants identify and learn more about their own patterns of behavior, problem solving styles, coping mechanisms, relationship skills, and more.

We are pleased to have Dr. Sheryl W. Harrison, Ph.D., and her husband Reg A. Saybrook presenting at this conference. They will be presenting about the various approaches and the clinical value of equine facilitated psychotherapy and learning. This will include an interactive lecture and demonstration of how to facilitate different kinds of equine therapy in a variety of sessions.

-Dr. Sheryl W. Harrison is a licensed psychologist and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. She teaches courses in Animal Assisted Psychotherapy, Ethics, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Behavior Therapy. She currently has a private practice in Scottsdale, AZ, where she specializes in treating patients dealing with anxiety, grief and loss, life transitions, and marital counseling. She has developed and heads an organization called Hugs n Horses which is an equine assisted therapy program. She is a certified EFP/L practitioner, and has completed the PATH International Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Workshop and Horsemanship Skills Test. She has presented nationally and internationally on EFP/L.

– Reg A. Saybrook has been a horse trainer and clinician for over 50 years. He has developed a training technique called the “Heart to Heart” which he developed by studying wild mustangs. He teaches this method in his Double Heart Equine Learning Center, and has shared this approach nationally and internationally. He has presented nationally and internationally on EFP/L topics. He is a certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health.

For more information or to register click here: facebook.com/events/423591585206693

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