APRIL 1: Nina Ekholm Fry

Neuro-Bio-based Mind-Body Integration:

A Three-Stage Equine-Assisted Process


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Nina Ekholm Fry

Nina Ekholm Fry, MSSc., has specialized in equine-assisted therapy as a treatment strategy in psychotherapy and counseling for the past 10 years. She is the Director of Equine Programs at the Institute for Human-Animal Connection and Adjunct Professor at University of Denver where she leads the new Equine-Assisted Mental Health Practitioner Certificate program.

Nina is the former Director of Equine-Assisted Mental Health at Prescott College and served as Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Counselor Education until 2014. She is an Executive Board member of the national Certification Board for Equine Interaction Professionals (CBEIP) and has trained in a number of equine-assisted approaches in North America and Europe. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and has worked with populations diagnosed with trauma/PTSD, ASD, ADHD, anxiety and addiction, as well as with youth-at-risk, cancer survivors, and military service members and veterans, and consults on psychotherapy services with horses for several providers nationally.

In addition to client work and teaching, Nina conducts facilitation workshops and is the editor of the Scientific and Educational Journal of Therapeutic Riding, published by the International Federation of Horses in Education and Therapy (HETI).

Nina holds a certificate in equine management (Vocational College of Ostrobothnia) and is a certified Riding Instructor (CHA level 4/4). She is a certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and a certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning through PATH International and serves on their Equine Welfare Committee. Nina is also an Equestrian Special Olympics coach (AZ). As a practitioner member of the International Society of Equitation Science (ISES), she is dedicated to ethical equitation, correct application of learning theory, and the understanding of equine cognition, behavior, and mental states as part of equine management, assessment, handling, and training.

Nina has a particular interest in equine welfare issues, both in EAAT services and in human-horse interactions in general. She is currently Interim Program Director for the Equine Initiative at the Yavapai Humane Society in Arizona, where she is developing a new equine rescue, rehabilitation and adoption initiative.