Transformance Talk 10: AEDP-Informed Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Presented by Transformance Journal author Carrie Ruggieri, LMHC, BCETS

This is a recording of a live event held on Friday March 22, 2019

Ms. Ruggieri’s Transformance Talk was based on her astounding, intelligent and deeply moving article which has 4 parts:

The Talk: Part One: a historical introduction to the centrality of the horse-human relationship starting 7,000 years ago, when a human first mounted a horse, altering the course of human evolution. … Our continuing bond with the horse remains one of the few links to our finely hewn right-brain ancestral history … laid dormant over the course of time. AEDP meta-psychology is uniquely positioned to help us understand what we have lost as our evolution carried us further from the Eurasian Steppe, and has a methodology to reclaim and vitalize these capacities. 

Part Two introduces the incorporation of AEDP into Equine Assisted Therapy (EAP), and illuminates the perfect mapping of each onto the other. 

Part Three is a review of the horse/herd mentality, which supplies the therapeutic tools for AEDP-Informed EAP; this part of the article gives special attention to the transformational affect, awe, ubiquitous to the horse-human experience. 

Part Four is a transcription of a client’s account of her healing experience in equine therapy.

(Read the article here)


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Meet the Presenter

Carrie Ruggieri, LMHC, BCETS

Carrie Ruggieri, LMHC has been an active member of the AEDP Institute since completing the Immersion course in 2007. She completed core training with Kari Gleiser, Eileen Russel and Natasha Prenn, and ongoing group supervision with Ben Lipton. Carrie is an experiential assistant for the Essential Skills courses. She has been the Transformance Journal Listserve discussant since 2013 and Associate Editor for the Journal since 2019. Carrie has written on the applications of AEDP for the Transformance Journal in her articles, Laura Hillenbrand: Author as True Other: Inspiring Quantum Resilience, Vol 3,  AEDP-Informed Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Vol 8, and AEDP Author as True Other: A Successful Application of AEDP Ethos in a Self-Help Book: A Review of Ron Frederick’s Loving Like You Mean It, Vol. 9. (Read More…)