Local Recommended Ranches, Organizations and Individuals:

If you are searching for a therapist who does equine facilitated psychotherapy, please check out these programs:

Medicine Horse Program - Boulder, CO

Colorado Animal Assisted Therapy Programs - Arvada, CO

Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center (CTRC) - Colorado's Premier therapeutic riding center located near Longmont

Gestalt Equine Institute of the Rockies - Duey Freeman and Joan Rieger offer an excellent two-year training program

Front Range Equine Psychotherapy Guild - a networking resource for Colorado. Open to practitioners and those interested in horses and healing.

Julie Leiken, Pilates Instruction and Dressage - Boulder, CO - Learn to better communicate with your horse by engaging your body as an effective tool.

National Organizations:

Natural Lifemanship - An organization offering online and in-person trainings that thoroughly explore the impact of trauma on animals as well as humans.

PATH Intl. - The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (formerly North American Riding for the Handicapped Association) is a great resource for all of those in the field of equine-faciliated therapy and learning. Therapeutic riding instructors, equine specialists, equine-facilitated therapists, and OTs and PTs practicing hippotherapy can receive training and certification. PATH Intl. has a long history of developing effective and safe standards for the field.

Masters Programs:

Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado offers experiential training for people desiring to be therapists. The Masters in Transpersonal Psychology is a three-year program involving classroom study, internship and practicum placements, and deep personal and group work. Those who opt for a concentration in Wilderness Therapy can learn more about incorporating horses in therapeutic work.

Prescott College offers a Masters degree in Equine-Assisted Mental Health. They also put on a fantastic gathering each May where practitioners from around the country share the approaches that work best for them.

The University of Denver offers a Masters in Animal-Assisted Social Work. Phil Tedeschi, the driving force behind this program, began his career as a therapeutic riding instructor. Candidates learn how to incorporate dogs, horses, and other animals in therapeutic settings.

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