This marks the end of the first month our Idaho State University survey has been live. TWO MORE MONTHS TO GO!
For those unfamiliar, this research study is aimed at gathering data that will help identify and differentiate between the various models or approaches to equine-assisted mental health and equine-assisted learning. The data, once collected, analyzed, and published, will help both practitioners and researchers better understand the models and approaches available. At present, there is little if any empirical evidence related to the manner in which the various models or approaches to equine-assisted mental health or equine-assisted learning are actually implemented. Most knowledge of this topic is based upon anecdotal experiences and the trainings provided by various organizations or individuals. Due to this, it is impossible to make generalizations as so much of what is “known” is based upon personal opinions, experiences, and unique ways of practicing. This research project marks the beginning of a very important area of study for the industry of equine-assisted activities and therapies.
Our survey asks professionals to choose the model or approach they use when providing either equine-assisted mental health or equine-assisted learning. The participant then answers all the research questions based upon the philosophy, beliefs, and practices of this model or approach. After 30 days of being live, our survey participant number has increased to over 100, which is still nowhere near enough, but certainly provides us with new information. Here is the latest data update about the prevalence of the use of various models or approach we’ve collected.
- 30.69% identify “other” as their approach to equine-assisted mental health or learning (models not included in the original survey list) Of the “other”, the majority (26%) identify the FEEL approach, followed by the Equine Facilitated Wellness – Canada Approach (22%), then the IFEAL approach (6.45%) and the E3A model (6.45%) – A few other models were individually identified, but by only one respondent.
- 22.77% of respondents use an “integrative” approach to either equine-assisted mental health or equine-assisted learning and do not claim any specific model.
- 13.86% of respondents use the EAGALA model of equine-assisted psychotherapy or equine-assisted learning
- 8.91% of respondents use the Natural Lifemanship model of trauma-informed equine-assisted psychotherapy.
- 8.91% of respondents use the Equine Psychotherapy Institute model of equine-assisted psychotherapy
- 4.95% of respondents use the PATH Intl. Diamond model of equine-facilitated psychotherapy or equine-facilitated learning
- 3.96% of respondents use the HERD Institute model of equine-facilitated psychotherapy and learning
- 2.97% respondents use the Eponaquest model of equine-facilitated psychotherapy or equine-facilitated learning
- 1.98% of respondents use the Gestalt Institute of the Rockies model of Gestalt equine psychotherapy
- .99% of respondents use the HEAL model of equine-facilitated psychotherapy or equine-facilitated learning
- 0% of respondents report using the Adventures in Awareness model of equine-facilitated psychotherapy or equine-facilitated learning
Although MUCH more representative of the many different models and approaches available, I know we are still missing some models, and WE MUST INCREASE OUR SAMPLE SIZE to get valid data. Which means we NEED YOU!
Please take this survey yourself if you offer any type of equine-assisted mental health or equine-assisted learning, and forward it to anyone else you know. Lets get some serious data collection going!
FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE SURVEY
Thank you so much for your help advancing our knowledge about equine-assisted mental health and equine-assisted learning.