Show Notes

Episode 5



Where to find Dr. Shelley Green:

Shelley Green is an LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family therapist) and Professor of Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. You can learn more about Dr. Greens work at:


Where to find Valerie Judd:

Valerie Judd is the Executive Director of Stable Place, which offers equine assisted clinical services, education, and training in Fort Lauderdale, FL. You can learn more at:


who can benefit from Equine Therapy:

  • Counseling, psychology, and family therapy students can enhance their clinical skills and understanding; maybe in the future there will be "Equine Assisted Clinical Supervision;"
  • Medical Students can learn communication skills, improve their patient/ physician-relationship style, and increase emotional intelligence;
  • Foster Care and At-Risk youth,
  • People with mental health or substance abuse issues,
  • Couples and families dealing with conflict, stress, and life transitions such as divorce, new relationships, grief and loss, children leaving home, school issues, etc.
  • Agencies interested in building their Team, such as Corporations, Police/SWAT, School Staff, and Church Staff,


Equine Programs Mentioned:

Shelley Green offers graduate level Equine Assisted Family Therapy classes at Nova Southeastern University, School of Family Therapy:

This is a great option for college kids looking for a Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, or Family Therapy major, but also have a love of horses and would be interested in Equine Therapy. College students don’t just take a class in Equine Therapy, but get experience doing equine therapy with Shelley at Stable Place.

Stable Place, offers a variety of Equine Assisted Therapy and Services in Fort Lauderdale, FL



Shelley and Valerie both discuss how colleges and universities are in a great position to pioneer research on Equine Therapy. Their program, Stable Place, offers a great opportunity for research because all staff are trained in the same theoretical model of Family Therapy based Equine Therapy.

Currently, Shelley and Valerie are working on a 2 year research project supported by a grant through the Florida International University and the Ware Foundation. The research is focused on Equine Therapy working with kids in Foster Care.



Harnessing the Power of Equine Assisted Counseling: Adding Animal Assisted Therapy to Your Practice, by Kay Sudekum Trotter

Zen Mind, Zen Horse: The Science and Spirituality of Working with Horsesby Allan J. Hamilton MD

Riding Home: The Power of Horses to Heal, by Tim Hayes