Date of Award

Winter 11-2-2023

Document Type

Dissertation (799 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Counseling


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Jessica Brown


substance use disorder, adolescents, equine therapy, therapy


Substance use disorders affect all populations. Adolescents are at greater risk of a substance use disorder when abuse begins at a young age. Over 50% of individuals with mental health diagnoses developed a substance use disorder before the age of 14 (Nebhinani et. al., 2022). [BJA1] Due to the tremendous growth that takes place during adolescence, and the profound impact substance use can have on development, it is imperative to provide early intervention. There are several evidenced-based approaches available in the treatment of adolescent substance use. Equine therapy has growing empirical support and will be the focus of this project. The literature was utilized to develop a group manual that utilizes of equine therapy with adolescents who have substance use disorders.

[BJA1](Nebhinani et al., 2022).



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