PATH of ND recently provided an educational opportunity for PATH Foster Parents in Equine Assisted Therapy (EAP) at the Ramsey County Event Center.
Ashley Ebensteiner, PATH Social Work Case Manager and Genelle Olson, PATH NE Regional Director were able share their training in EAP learned through certification in Greg Kersten’s O.K. Corral series. O.K. is an acronym for observation and knowledge.
“Often times, we observe families and their behaviors and by implementing EAP, it can assist us in determining the roles and behaviors of family by observation with peripheral awareness,” Ebensteiner said.
O.K. Corral Series and Greg Kersten educate, promote and support professionals in the practice of equine assisted work.
The equine assisted work integrates the horse and herd behavior as the model for human mental and emotional health using the equine assisted philosophies. Kersten describes the powerful healing and informative powers of horses on the lives of humans. EAP implements the power of equine assisted philosophies and exercises to introduce therapy to clients in a way that has been found to be more effective and less threatening than traditional therapy.
PATH foster parents were asked to participate in several exercises that can be used with families or individuals to allow them to finally confront the pain they are experiencing and work through it in a healthy manner. Ebensteiner and Olson hope to expand services to foster youth in their program through utilization of EAP.