Equine Therapy Study

Columbia University Faculty are conducting a study to look at the use of Equine-Assisted Therapy in treating PTSD (EAT-PTSD).  Treatment sessions are held at the Bergen County Equestrian Center. 

Horses are prey animals, and by nature are skittish or hypervigilant. Horses resemble humans in their behavior, particularly in social contexts. EAT-PTSD is a symptom-focused (not trauma-focused) group treatment that is designed to help veterans better recognize and express emotions, interact effectively with others, and engage in critical thinking, through interactions with the horses and with the group when undertaking specific activities with horses. There is no riding.

Columbia seeks male and female US military veterans (including Reservists) ages 18-70 to participate in this free treatment study. If you experience nightmares or thoughts about an event when you do not want to, feel constantly on guard, watchful, or easily startled, have feelings of numbness or detachment from others, activities, or your surroundings, you may be eligible to participate in this study.  

Eligible participants will receive the PTSD intervention and compensation of up to $400 upon study completion. Transportation and boots are provided. All information is kept strictly confidential. 

For more information visit MOWPROJECT.ORG or call Anne Hilburn at 646-774-8042. ** This treatment is considered investigational and is part of a research study. ** IRB #7232

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