Shifting your Practice from In-Person to On-Screen: The story, the learning curve, the Best Practices that evolved
For a Sampler of Molly’s Breakout Session at the upcoming 2021 Healing with Horse Online Symposium, check out the video below. To register to attend the Online Symposium or purchase the recordings, click the Symposium Registration here or in the menu at the top.
Molly DePrekel is a psychologist in private practice both at the Midwest Center for Trauma and Emotional Healing and Hold Your Horses.
For the past twenty-eight years, she has utilized the unique relationship people have with animals to assist her in therapy with clients. She has practiced in hospitals, educational settings, mental health facilities, correctional sites, and outreach centers. Her strengths include work with adolescents, families and young women. She holds a certification in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for the treatment of trauma and developmental wounds. Sensorimotor work involves the practice of somatic (body) work with clients. Molly has also completed level two EMDR training.
She completed an internship at Green Chimneys in New York a residential treatment center that is a leader in Animal Assisted Interventions and continues to utilize animals in her therapy work by working with dogs and horses as animal-assisted therapists. She is involved with research in other areas of animal-assisted therapy and is past President of the Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association (EFMHA). She is an EPONAQUEST approved instructor and has taught and facilitated workshops and trainings around the world. Molly was a Board member of the Certification Board for Equine Interaction Professionals, which promotes the concept of voluntary certification by examination for those who incorporate equines into their mental health or education practice.
Molly received her Master’s Degree in counseling and psychological services from St. Mary’s College in Minneapolis, MN and her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Husbandry from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. Molly’s dissertation topic was The Human Animal—Animal Bond and its Place in Psychotherapy with Adolescents. She is a contributing author to 3 books, “Harnessing the Power of Equine Assisted Counseling: Adding Animal Assisted Therapy to Your Practice”, “Equine Assisted Mental Health Interventions” published by Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, “Clinicians Guide to Treating Companion Animal Issues” published by Academic Press and has co-authored six manuals on animal assisted therapy, trauma and education.
Molly has provided services to tribal members on Williams Lake, Canada and Rotta Love Rescue. She was a Prouty Project STRETCH participant, engaging in their Galapagos Environmental Service Project and World Team Sports Adventure Team Challenge. Molly has volunteered with numerous national organizations in the field of animal assisted therapy and the human/animal bond.
Besides walking her therapy dog Willow, you can often find Molly with her Morgan horse, Whisper, who also assists clients in equine assisted psychotherapy and wellness workshops.
Whether you work in an office, barn, or other milieu consultation may be the next step in best practices and professional development. Molly believes that consultation includes guiding consultees to see situations through a new lens. I view advocacy and ethics for both the clients and therapy animals to create transformational experiences.
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