1. What is the STEPS Model? The term "STEPS" stands for Spectrum of Therapeutic Equine-Partnered Services (STEPS Model). The STEPS Model is a novel, cutting-edge approach to provide multiple levels of care targeted at treating mental health concerns through equine assisted mental health services. STEPS features a unique continuity of care to provide both clinical services (such as Equine Assisted Counseling and Psychotherapy) and non-clinical services (Therapeutic Horsemanship).
2. What is Equine Assisted Counseling and Psychotherapy (EACP)? EACP is a form of professional counseling facilitated by a licensed mental health professional (or graduate intern under the supervision of a licensed professional) in which clients work to achieve specific mental health treatment goals through interaction with equines. EACP is the centerpiece of the STEPS Model.
Learn more about the benefits of Equine Assisted Counseling and Psychotherapy here and learn more about Why Horses here.
3. What models for practice does STEPS With Horses use for counseling and psychotherapy? STEPS uses Dr. Sheade's innovative evidence-informed counseling approaches: Relational Equine-Partnered Counseling (REPC) and Equine-Partnered Play Therapy (EPPT). These models have been featured in the following books: