1. What is the S.T.E.P.S. Model? The term "STEPS" stands for Spectrum of Therapeutic Equine-Partnered Services. This model is a novel, cutting-edge model to provide multiple levels of care targeted at treating mental health concerns through equine assisted activities and therapies. STEPS features a unique continuity of care to provide both clinical services (such as individual equine assisted counseling and psychotherapy) and non-clinical services.
2. What is Equine Assisted Counseling (EAC)? EAC is a form of mental health treatment facilitated by a licensed mental health professional (or intern under the supervision of a licensed professional) in which clients work to achieve specific mental health treatment goals through interaction with horses. EAC is the centerpiece of the S.T.E.P.S Model. It is expected that most clients will participate in the service at some point. Learn more about the benefits of equine assisted counseling services.
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3. What models for practice does S.T.E.P.S. With Horses use for counseling and psychotherapy? S.T.E.P.S. uses Dr. Sheade's innovative evidence-informed counseling models: Relational Equine-Partnered Counseling (REPC) and Equine-Partnered Play Therapy (EPPT). These models have been featured in Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling, a textbook authored by world-renowned expert in animal assisted therapy, Dr. Cynthia Chandler.