BUAP ensures the physical and psychological health of its students

  • University President María Lilia Sedillo Ramírez opened the meetings of facilitators of interventions with the help of animals and horses

As an institution of higher education, BUAP is committed to ensuring the physical and mental health of its students. To achieve this mission, the Faculty of Psychology and the Center for Emotional Support and Occupational Therapy with Animals (CAETO) are collaborating to promote the holistic development of the student community, said University President María Lilia Cedillo Ramírez, who highlighted the joint achievements of the past year. . “When we walk together and walk side by side, success is guaranteed,” he added.

At the opening of the First International Meeting of Facilitators of Animal-Assisted Interventions and the Third National Meeting of Facilitators of Equine-Assisted Interventions, held in the hall of the Faculty of Psychology, the President of BUAP noted: “While therapy has helped animals have been known for many years and have been used in different historical moments of humanity, in recent years It has become more valuable. For this reason, I would like to pay tribute to all those who have believed in this treatment and earned the trust of their patients and families.

After thanking the University President for the support, José Luis Rodríguez Sánchez, Director of the Faculty of Psychology, highlighted the importance of this event being held in a hybrid way, where different options will be presented with specialists from Mexico, Italy, Spain, Argentina and Colombia.

For his part, Francisco Zepeda Astorga, organizer of this international meeting and teacher of this academic unit, expressed his satisfaction with finding sources of scientific support and professional files in this field. “The Rector believes in this type of assistive therapy with animal therapists; this gives us guidelines and a basis to highlight the intervention and management of animals as a link that supports the holistic development of people with and without disabilities.

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The two academic meetings were held on November 10 and 11, with the participation of interested parties from San Luis Potosi and Nuevo León. Lectures presented covered the importance and implementation of equine therapy in Mexico and Puebla, the clinical approach to equine therapy today, the TRYDE model in Europe and Latin America, animal mental health and its legal responsibility, presentation of success cases, and a pedagogical approach. A model based on equine therapies for the development of psychomotor skills and socialization in school children with autism, among other topics.

In addition, workshops were held on factors to consider to create a healthy relationship with an equine assistant handler, high-impact animal-assisted intervention and basic assistance dog training, to name a few.

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