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Children's Home Society of Idaho

Farm Based Therapy: Utilizing Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Join us for a training on Farm Based Therapy Principles learn how to incorporate plants, animals, and especially horses, into the healing process.

The idea behind the theory

The idea of using Agriculture as a therapeutic intervention dates back to the Middle Ages.

The concept was based on the belief that farm work kept those with mental challenges out of trouble and also gave them a sense of purpose and allowed them to be contributing members of the community.  In to the 19th century, the concept of Care Farming became increasingly popular and farming activities were applied within asylums, hospitals and rehabilitation programs.

Now more than ever, as technology addiction rises, as COVID isolates and as disconnection from self, others and our natural world increases, Care Farming offers a way back. Connection in nature offers physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness opportunities and expands our experience of what it means to be a part of this world, this community, this family and this life.

course outline

1) History of Care Farming as a Therapeutic Tool

2) The Evolution of Care Farming, from Europe to the US

3) Theoretical Models Utilized in Care Farming

4) The use of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy in Care Farming

5) Imagine That Farm and Warm Springs

6) Care Farm Treatment Planning

7) Benefits to Clients

8) Care Farming in Practice – an interactive experience

*Schedule includes a break, lunch and Q & A.

the details

Friday  – August 6th 

Check-in opens at 8:30 a.m. • Training is from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.       

$108 for 4 credit hours & lunch

Located at Warm Springs Care Farm  • ( 1311 E. Warm Springs Ave. Shuttle service will be available. More details to follow. 





imagine that...
a therapeutic Farm

Imagine That Farms offer therapeutic care farm experiences for individuals, families and groups and provides a variety of hands-on learning experiences for mental and emotional well being. Our intention is to provide spaces where people, animals and the earth intersect and exchange energy for mutual enrichment.

For questions contact: Brinley Luck at bluck@childrenshomesociety.comcreate new email(208) 343-7813 Ext. 1232