They Use Horses to Train Doctors, Don’t They?
Christianna Capra is the founder and CEO of Spring Reins of Hope (SROH), that offers Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) and training, with their farm base in Pittstown, NJ. SROH’s specialized workshop, The Horse Medicine Wheel, features the intuitive and incredibly accurate innate skills of horses to read the most subtle natures in body language and intent. Workshop attendees include medical and dental professionals, residents and students to improve their bedside manner and raise Press Ganey scores.
“Horses have a natural gift to read and then react to or display the truth behind our nonverbal cues. They are masters at reading body language, which is what patients perceive from doctors” says Christianna.
Recognizing the value of EAL, its techniques have resulted in stronger medical practices through patient satisfaction, reducing insurance malpractice claims, and helping hospitals retain federal funding. Christianna is exploring awarding CME, CNE, and CEU credit for her EAL training. The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) has offered EAL as a pilot elective course block for the spring semester of 2012. Due to the success of this workshop, the university is now pursuing funding to offer it as a regular course in the fall of 2012 under the guidance of Maria Katsamanis, PsyD, a SROH mental health professional and associate professor at UMDNJ, called Horses for Healers.
A follow up post will feature a video of The Horse Medicine Wheel / Horses for Healers workshop with UMDNJ medical students. Watch for an announcement when the video is posted.
More about Christianna Capra, her vision and life’s mission
Spring Reins of Life, Christianna’s not-for-profit corporation
Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA)
Podcast (25 Min.) They Use Horses to Train Doctors, Don’t They?