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The Impact of Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy on Adolescents

By Rebecca Felegy, James Newcomb, Dr. Debra Vredenburg-Rudy, & Catherine V. Black


Rebecca Felegy is in her last semester as a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program. She grew up in Lancaster, which influenced her decision to come to Millersville where she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in international studies. Her passion for people and interest in research pushed her to pursue her master’s degree.  This research presentation is an extension of Rebecca’s thesis, which examines how Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy has effects on adolescents with mental health concerns. After graduation, Rebecca plans on pursuing a career as a Licensed Professional Counselor and possibly continue onto a doctoral program.

James recently graduated from an undergraduate program. Currently, in the process of applying to the master's program, James hopes to become a licensed counselor after completing the program. Assisting others has always been a goal while selecting directions to take for careers. Living in Millersville for over 10 years and studying in the town has been a profound experience. The main author of the current research presentation has allowed for the involvement seen. Equine Assisted Pursuing a doctoral program and being involved in clinical research would be the ideal route after experiencing a counseling setting.

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Author's Note:

We have no known conflicts of interest to disclose.

Thank you to our advisor, Dr. Debra Vredenburg-Rudy, for all your support during this project.

Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Rebecca Felegy at

Keywords:  equine-assisted psychotherapy, adolescents, mental health

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