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Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT ) Course Descriptions

EAT 200: Herd Management.
Goal: To give students an overview and understanding of situations that may arise in the management of an equine facility where equine assisted therapy (EAT) is practiced. In the role of Equine Specialist on the EAT team, competency is required in equine medical emergencies and emergency management. Risk management prevention and an understanding of insurance protocols are critical as they pertain to equine facilities and clients.
Content: Herd dynamics and management, equine health issues and treatments, emergency management, equine and client safety, business management and insurance protocols.
Prerequisite: HPE 139 (or co-requisite).
Credit: 3 hours.

EAT 300: Equine Assisted Therapies.
Goal: To provide an overview of equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP), based primarily on the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) model. To utilize the EAGALA model in hands on labs in order to better understand the model, its benefits and how to set up sessions for client success.
Content: History of horses as therapy animals; use of horses as a tool to improve mental health of individuals, families, and groups; equine specialist side of the EAGALA model; evaluating horses for use in an equine assisted program. Developing and implementing appropriate activities for client and horse, understanding goals and outcomes of equine assisted therapy sessions, setting up for a session, running a session, discussion and processing of an equine assisted therapy session.
Prerequisites: EAT 200 or permission of the instructor; PSY 101.
Credit: 3 hours.

EAT 396: Special Topics in Equine Assisted Therapy.
Goal: To provide an opportunity for exploration of a topic not offered as part of the established curriculum.
Content: Examination of special topics, problems, or issues that seem particularly relevant to student needs and interests.
Prerequisite: Dependent on topic.
Credit: 3 hours. A student may take a maximum of six to eight semester hours (two courses) of special topics in any one field.

EAT 451: Directed Independent Study.
Goal: To provide the student with the opportunity for independent study, under careful supervision, of significant topics in accounting selected in consultation with the instructor.
Content: Varies.
Prerequisite: Adequate course work for the topic selected.
Credit: 1–6 hours.

EAT 452/199: Field Study.
Goal: To provide the student with intensive, specialized work experience in the area of equine assisted therapy.
Content: Observation and participation in the work of equine assisted therapy.
Prerequisite: Adequate course work for the placement selected and permission of the faculty advisor; approval of the Director of Career Development.
Credit: 1-12 hours.

EAT 499: Honors Thesis. (Fee required).

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