EAL for Health care Professionals

How's your bedside manner?

75% of patients complain that their medical providers don't communicate well. 

Is the message you are trying to convey being heard and understood? 

Or is it driving patients away?

Communication is at the center of all successful medical and health services practices.

Regardless of whether your practice model is Western-based or considered a Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) practice, your presentation and interaction can make or break the experience for the patient. Whether you are a Physician, Mid-level Practitioner, Nurse, CAM Practitioner or work in one of these settings, you can benefit from our programs for health professionals.

Do you need to:

  • Improve rapport-building with patients, rapidly and easily?
  • Enhance bedside manner, connection and compassion (without risking your sanity!)
  • Develop confidence-building presence?

Horse Sense of the Carolinas uses Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) to help health professionals develop better rapport and relationship-building skills with their patients and their families. By utilizing the curious, instinctive nature of the horses, we help you and your team become more aware of and in control of your non-verbal communication in the therapeutic space, increasing trust and respect among the provider and the patient, thereby ensuring satisfaction with your presence and your practice.

Patient-Centered Care & Bedside Manner

Enhancing Communication Between Provider and Patient Using Equine Assisted Learning


Communication is the center of successful practice. It starts with introductions and first impressions. It traverses the concepts of trust, respect, presence, and compassion. Failure in any part of this can lead to miscommunication, misdiagnosis, education errors or deficiencies for the patient and potentially malpractice. One third of patients feel that they have not been given the “full story”.

This experiential workshop for groups of 4 or more focuses on the concept of “patient-centered” care. The importance of verbal and non-verbal communication in the therapeutic space is highlighted. A focused look at one’s presentation style and how to modify it according to the patient and or family will be reviewed. Boundaries including both boundary-opening and boundary-limiting behaviors and appropriate actions to enhance each will be identified and practiced. Finally this workshop will look at balancing technical and cognitive skills with interpersonal skills.

Contact us for more information!

No horse experience necessary.

Who should attend:

  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • CAM Practitioners
  • Other interested health professionals

CEUs for Health Care Professionals

Straight From the Horse’s Mouth


  • Compare and contrast the differences between EAP and tradition psychotherapeutic modalities
  • Identify benefits and risks associated with EAP
  • Recognize the nature of projection and transference as it explored through the EAP model
  • Explain the parallels between equine and human psychology
  • Explain Relationship Logic and Rhythmic Riding, components of the TF-EAP model

Care for Caregivers


  • Explore the differences between intellectual and somatic understanding
  • Increase awareness, recognition, and understanding of personal somatic cues
  • Practice, in the moment, using somatic cues to respond to situations, people, environment (in a productive, positive, self-care orientated fashion)
  • Increase awareness of work and personal life boundaries and respond to how boundaries shift and change
  • Develop a sustainable, joyful self-care routine

Body Language & The Power of Non-Verbal Communication


  • Identify individual nonverbal communication patterns and how they are received by others
  • Recognize patterns and impact of clients' nonverbal communication
  • Increase awareness of and ability to interpret non-verbal cues
  • Help clients increase awareness of their own nonverbals
  • Bring body language and nonverbal communication into session in a therapeutic way
  • Understand why horses are great teachers of this skill

The Present Moment


  • Understand the core concepts of EAP and how they compliment Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Mindfulness model.
  • Explain the parallels between equine and human psychology.
  • Be able to identify nonverbal signs of anxiety and depression as they show up in the arena.
  • Understand how EAP creates the opportunity for dysfunctional patterns to be acted out, explored, and changed.
  • Understand the element of positive feedback and reinforcement as it applies to behavioral changes in the EAP model

Bridging the Gap - Horses and Spectrum Disorder


  • Understand how EAP meets the needs of Spectrum Disorder clients.
  • Explain the parallels between equine and human psychology.
  • Identify benefits and risks associated with utilizing EAP as an intervention.
  • Understand how EAP can be an adjunctive therapy to a comprehensive treatment plan.
  • Understand how horses provide a bridge to reach clients who struggle with making social connections.

Integrative Health Care & Adjunct Opportunities

A Case for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy


This course will introduce the participant to Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and its potential use as an adjunct to the integrative components of primary care and behavioral health. Through classroom and experiential activities, participants will become familiar with EAP and the common diagnosis that EAP is used to treat. Diagnosis that are difficult to assess and treat will be reviewed from the vantage point of using EAP as a primary or secondary behavioral health intervention. 

Finally, Best Practice paradigms, including, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, will be reviewed in the context of using Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. The goal of this program is to share with participants this innovative approach as an adjunct and complementary component to Integrative Care. This is an interactive program designed to allow participants to experience this model first-hand. No previous horse experience is necessary and all activities are on the ground (no riding).

Who should attend:

  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Residents
  • Nurses
  • Health Care Administrators
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Psychological Associates
  • Case Managers
  • CAM Practitioners
  • Other interested health professionals

Contact us more information about attending this workshop with your group or about our Medicine & Horsemanship: Curriculum for Medical Students, Schools & Residency Programs.  Individual sessions and customized programs are also available.