EQUINE-ASSISTED COGNITIVE PROCESSING THERAPY (EACPT)
In the line of duty first responders are repeatedly exposed to a broad range of operational and occupational stressors, including frequent exposure to potentially traumatic events. The Equine-Assisted Cognitive Processing Therapy (EACPT) program is aimed at helping facilitate growth and recovery from Operational Stress Impact and Injuries, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
In 2019, community mobilization efforts resulted in the First Responders Mental Health Coalition (FRMHC) which tasked a Working Group to pilot a therapeutic equine support program. While there are several psychological treatments for PTSD, those treatments span trauma-focused and non-trauma focused interventions. Trauma-focused treatments directly address memories or thoughts and feelings related to the traumatic event. Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is strongly recommended as a first line treatment for PTSD. Animal-assisted therapy strives to integrate the animal in a central role to help achieve desired outcomes through an awareness of the synonymity between the horse and human stress response.
Our qualified and credentialed staff, together with a Frontline Resilience supervising Psychologist help people realize their individual potential through Cognitive Processing Therapy delivered in Equine-Assisted format. All providers shall be cross-trained in equine handling, equine-assisted therapy, first responder mental health, principles of acute intervention and risk assessment and intervention, psychotherapy foundational principles, CPT, and EACPT.
Programming is most often delivered in group format with both full-length and condensed program durations offered to suit local and out-of-town participants.
Connecting horses with first responders, our goal is to have participants learn coping mechanisms and improve emotional and cognitive health in a positive and safe learning environment.