SOURCE: Horse Sense of the Carolinas, Inc.

September 21, 2006 17:41 ET

Horse Sense of the Carolinas Teaches How to Open an Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Business

ASHEVILLE, NC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 21, 2006 -- On October 13th and 14th, Horse Sense of the Carolinas presents "Making EAP Work," a retreat for those who want to enter the Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) fields or start an EAP business. This event takes place on the 90-acre Horse Sense farm in Marshall, North Carolina near Asheville, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Attendees of "Making EAP Work" will receive advance copies of Horse Sense owner Shannon Knapp's first book, a work dedicated to teaching others how to open and maintain a successful Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy Center. Issues such as hiring and retaining high quality employees, both human and equine, and developing a basic marketing and advertising plan will be addressed. Other topics include how to avoid the typical pitfalls of a new therapy business, creating your own standards and procedures manual and writing grants to get results. Your facilitators are the Horse Sense therapists, equine specialists and the Horse Sense herd.

"It was my dream to open Horse Sense," states owner Shannon Knapp. "The work is life changing and we have the added bonus of being surrounded by incredible, natural beauty." Equine specialists, entrepreneurs, seasoned EAP practitioners, newly certified EAGALA Level 1 and mental health professionals in all fields are invited to attend this dynamic, inspiring and educational event. Prior to the October event Knapp will also offer an informational teleconference call at no charge. The free teleconference will be held on Thursday, October 5th from 6-7 PM (EDT) and addresses the topic "Developing Your Team: 3 Hints to Success." Reserving space early is recommended.

Horse Sense of the Carolinas serves many diverse clients in Western North Carolina. Horse Sense has worked with the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in Madison and Buncombe counties and been awarded grants for the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council. Horse Sense also provides support groups, individual psychotherapy and workshops dealing with substance abuse, communication, and parenting skills. For more information visit or contact Shannon at (828) 683-7304 or email

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