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Carlene H Taylor

Instructor | Coordinator, AAT-C Graduate Certificate and CMHC Clinical Training Center/Osprey PERCH Program

Public Health | Brooks College of Health

Areas of Expertise

I have a passion for incorporating the natural world; including animals, gardening, wilderness experience and creation/native cultural spirituality into the process of healing through clinical mental health counseling.  My research interests focus on exploring the efficacy of experiential, animal assited and nature based therapetuic interventions in both the clinical setting and the graduate school classroom.  Additionally, a related focus is determining the intersections where traditional clinical counseling theories can be applied and enhanced through experiential, animal and nature based therapeutic approaches. 


Ed. D. Counseling Psychology - Counselor Education & Supervision

Argosy University - American School of Professional Psychology

M. Ed. Community Agency Counseling

Auburn University

B.S. Business Education

University of South Florida



Dr. Taylor is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MH14971) and a Qualified Counselor Supervisor in Florida and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC0003048) in Georgia.  She is a Georgia Certified Professional Counseling Supervisor (69) and a National Board Certified Counselor (504673).  She holds a Georgia Professional Teaching Certificate in School Counseling.  She and her K-9 partner, Eli, are registered with the AKC and the Pet Partners Program as a Therapy Dog/Handler Team, and Dr. Taylor is a Licensed Pet Partners Team Evaluator.   Dr. Taylor is registered with the Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) with specialized training in yoga for general mental health and trauma treatment.  She is most recognized in the UNF community as a leader and advocate for Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling and Integrative Healthcare through the Spirituality, Creativity, Animals & Nature in Healthcare Initiative within the Brooks College of Health and her implementation science research approach to innovative program development.  

Prior to joining the faculty at UNF, Dr. Taylor served for more than 20 years in clinical practice in numerous administrative and clinical positions working to expand high quality clinical care to underserved populations.  She is a nationally recognized expert in Human-Animal Interaction, Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling and Childhood Sexual Abuse.  Her practice specialties have included working experientially with children and adolescents who have experienced sexual trauma and those who additionally became sexual offenders.  In a related capacity, she provided forensic interviewing/offender risk assessment and expert testimony in cases involving child abuse for both Georgia and Florida Superior Courts. The Georgia Legislature has enacted laws to expand LPC privileges and limit access to children by known sexual offenders based upon her expert witness testimony.  

Dr. Taylor maintains a small private practice ( in the Jacksonville Beach area specializing in creative and integrative techniques working with humans, animals and the natural world for the betterment of all.


2016   Regional Directors Award Magellan Healthcare, Inc., NSB/Kingsbay, GA


2013  Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy Professional of the Year PATH Intl., Annual         Conference, Denver, CO


2011  St. Mary's Citizen of the Year, Awarded by the St. Mary's Police Department for   extraordinary service to officers during mental health emergencies, St. Mary's, GA


2010  Distinguished Woman to Watch, Camden County, Georgia Awarded by the Tribune & Georgian, St. Mary's, GA.


2002  Georgia Licensed Professional Counselor of the Year Awarded by the Georgia             Licensed Professional Counseling Association, Annual Conference, Savannah, GA


1992   National Future Business Teacher of Year - Awarded by the National Association of   Business Educators Annual Business Education Conference, Chicago, IL


1992   Florida Future Business Teacher of the Year - Awarded by the Florida Business       Education Association Annual Business Education Conference, Orlando, FL


1991   Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education University of South Florida Chapter,       Tampa, FL



Memberships & Leadership in Professional Associations:

American Counseling Association, Alexandria, VA - Human-Animal Interaction in Counseling Interest Network Leadership Team, Chair of Professional Development


Association for Creativity in Counseling, American Counseling Association, Alexandria, VA - Animal-Assisted Therapy in Counseling Interest Network, Committee Chair


Therapeutic Horsemanship Industry Alliance Task Force, American Quarter Horse Association, Amarillo, TX


Board of Directors Georgia Licensed Professional Counseling Assoc., Atlanta, GA - Past Coastal District Representative


Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, American Counseling Association, Alexandria, VA


PATH Intl. Board of Trustees, Denver, CO - Past Member


Clinical Member, Psychiatric Service Dog Society


Georgia State Chair - Past, PATH Intl., Denver, CO


AQHA Therapeutic Riding Task Force, Amarillo, TX Member, EFMHA Board of Directors, Denver, CO


Chair- Past, Standards and Ethics Committee, EFMHA, Denver, CO


North American Riding for the Handicap/PATH Intl. Denver, CO


Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association (EFMHA) Denver, CO


Special Community Service Projects

Licensed Evaluator & Registered Therapy Animal Team, Pet Partners, Inc., Seattle, WA and Board Member of Pet Partners of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL

Northeast Florida Equestrian Society/Jacksonville Equestrian Center H.O.R.S.E. Therapies Committee Member & Program Development Consultant, Jacksonville, FL

Nemours Children's Speciality Clinic, Jacksonville, FL - Program Consultant, Animal-Assisted Therapy in Counseling Implementation Research Project.

Clinical Consultant, Farm of the Child, Trujillo, Honduras - Sexual Safety Consultation, Sexual Trauma & Offender Treatment Protocols, Behavior Modification, Clinical Staff Development


Clinical Consultant, Camden House, Inc., St. Marys, GA Domestic Violence Shelter & Program - Organizational Development, Policies & Procedures, Regulatory Compliance, Clinical Staff Development, Intern Supervision


Chair, Terminology & Scope of Practice Task Force Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies (EAAT) Industry Alliance, sponsored by Colorado State University, AQHA & PATH Intl., Fort Collins, CO



Post Certified Crisis Intervention Educator - Georgia Bureau of Investigation/Law Enforcement P.O.S.T - CIT Officer Certification Program



Grants and Contracts Awarded

Taylor, C. (2015) $5,000.  Implementation of an Animal Assisted Therapy Social Skills Group for Children.  Plumb Creek Foundation, Seattle, WA


Taylor, C. (2014). $75,000.  Expansion of psychiatric services to a high need community through recruitment of a Psychiatric APRN.  St. Mary's United Methodist Foundation, St. Mary's, GA 


Tayor, C. & Roth, L. (2012).  $100,000. Community Crisis Assessment Services providing on-call coverage for the Camden County, Georgia Emergency Department & research efficacy of having Professional Counselors in Emergency Departments.  Southeast Georgia Health System, Brunswick, GA


Taylor, C. (1994). $25,000.  Operation C.A.R.R.O.T Children at Risk Reaching Out Together - Georgia Department of Human Resources, Atlanta, GA


Taylor, C., Crow, P. & Kerr, B. (1994). $50,000.  MorningStar Baptist Treatment Services - In-home family therapy expansion in West Georgia Area.  Georgia Department of Human Resources, Atlanta, GA 


Publications & Presentations

Book Chapter

Taylor, C. (2018). Combing through ADHD symptoms with mindfulness meditation and grooming. In Trotter, K. & Baggerly, J. (2018). Equine assisted therapy activities for counselors: Harnessing solutions to common problems. NY:NY, Taylor & Francis.

Ed. D. Dissertation

Taylor, C. (2012, June). AQHA -PATH Intl- Colorado State University therapeutic horsemanship industry summit program evaluation. (Doctoral Dissertation, defended 12/2011), Argosy University, Phoenix, AZ,

Professional Manuals

Taylor, C. (2012). Everyone gets along in the barnyard: Farm based animal assisted therapy curriculum for social skill development in children. LightHorse Healthcare, Inc., St. Mary' s, GA (self-published)


Coche', J. & Taylor, C. (2012). Therapy dog primer: A handbook for AAT professionals. The Coche Center, Philadelphia, PA. (self-published)


Taylor, C. (2010). Spirit horse journey: Equine facilitated mental health psycho­ education curriculum. LightHorse Healthcare, Inc., St. Mary's, GA (self­ published).


Taylor, C. (2008). Cisco 's gift: The gift of healing through horsemanship- Professional training manual for intensive professional workshop. Running Horse Farm, Warm Springs, GA. (self-published).



Taylor, C. (2019, September).  Preparing for a new decade:  Understanding animal assisted therapy in counseling and the ethical considerations for counselors.  Association for Creativity in Counseling Annual Convention, Clearwater, FL

Taylor, C. (2018, May).  Mental health first aid for academic advisors.  University of North Florida Academic Advisors Council, Continuing Education Workshop. 

Gill, C., Crews, T. & Taylor, C. (2015, May).  Clinical supervision models & practices. Chord of Three CPCS Training Series sponsored by the Georgia Licensed Professional Counseling Association, Waycross, GA


Taylor, C. (2013, June).  Trauma informed care in domestic violence shelter services. Camden House, Inc. Annual Staff & Board Development Retreat, Kingsland, GA.


Taylor, C. (2013, June).  Non-profit board roles & responsibilities.  Camden House, Inc. Annual Staff & Board Development Retreat.


Taylor, C. (2013, November) Six pillars of behavior modification for emotional and moral development for youth in residential care. Annual Staff Training Retreat, Farm of the Child, Trujillo, Honduras


Taylor, C. (2012). Elephants in the round pen: Unspoken roadblocks to sustainability in the therapeutic horsemanship industry.  Professional report and presentation based upon dissertation research findings for the American Quarter Horse Association Annual Convention, Dallas, TX.


Taylor, C. (2012, May). Sexual safety in residential child care institutions. Social Services Conference of Honduras, Farm of the Child, Trujillo, Honduras.


Taylor, C. (2011, May). Private practice management in equine facilitated psychotherapy. AQHA, PATH Intl., Colorado State Therapeutic Horsemanship Industry Summit, Ft. Collins, CO.


Taylor, C. (2009, May). Crisis Intervention in Camden County: Current Conditions. NAMI Crisis Intervention Class, St. Mary's Police Department, St. Mary's, GA 


Taylor, C. (2008, July). Crisis intervention in Camden County: A overview of the needs and challenges in the local community.  NAMI Crisis Intervention Class, St. Mary's Police Department, St. Mary's, GA




Taylor, C. (2018, November). Addressing the triple threat to student success:  Anxiety, depression and student stress. International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards Mental Health Summit, Jacksonville, FL.  


Taylor, C. (2018, October).  Combing your way through anxiety:  Mindfulness based grooming in equine facilitated psychotherapy.  Annual Conference of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, Rosen Center, Orlando, FL. 


Breneau, L., Johnson, A. & Taylor, C. (2018, September).  Maintaining animal welfare in animal assisted interventions:  Could we be hurting our animals?  Annual Conference of the Association for Creativity in Counseling, Clearwater Beach, FL. 


Taylor, C. (2017, May).  Foundations in clinical supervision.  Annual Conference of the Georgia Licensed Professional Counseling Association, Savannah, GA.


Taylor, C. & Roth, L., (2013, June). Counseling military families: What counselors & supervisors need to know now. Annual Conference of the Georgia Licensed Professional Counseling Association, Savannah, GA.


Taylor, C. (2011, May). Incorporating the power of the horse into the outpatient psychotherapy practice. Annual Meeting of the Georgia Licensed Professional Counseling Association, Savannah, GA.


Taylor, C. (2011, June). More on incorporating the power of the horse into outpatient psychotherapy: Post conference experiential workshop. Regional Workshop for the Licensed Professional Counseling Association, Big Bear Farm, Pine Mountain, GA.


Taylor, C. & McCue, M. (2009, March). The way of the horse: An introduction to equine facilitated psychotherapy. Georgia Licensed Marriage & Family Therapy Association Regional Workshop, St. Mary's, GA.


Taylor, C. & Gamer, C. (2008, October). Cisco 's gift: The gift of healing through horsemanship. Professional Intensive Workshop presented at Running Horse Farm, Warm Springs, GA


Taylor, C. (2007, March). Therapeutic horsemanship: An alternative for the unwanted horse. Pre-conference workshop for the Annual Convention of the American Quarter Horse Association, St. Louis, MO.


Taylor, C. & Garner, C. (2002, February).  Developing the cooperative partnership between therapists and therapeutic riding instructors. Horsepower Conference, Temple, NH.


Taylor, C. (2001, May). Equine facilitated psychotherapy: A new and innovative approach to treatment of children in residential care. Annual Conference of the Georgia Licensed Professional Counseling Association, Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA.


Taylor, C. (2001, February). Ethical billing practices for equine facilitated psychotherapy.   Horsepower Conference, Temple, NH.


Taylor, C. (1998, January). Effective use of Julia Cameron's artist’s way: A creative tool in psychotherapy. Journey into Wholeness, Winter Conference, Hendersonville, NC.


Taylor, C. (1998, April). Clinical supervision models in the residential childcare setting. Spring Conference of the Georgia Associations of Homes & Services to Children, Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA


Teaching Experience - University of North Florida

Graduate Certificate in Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling (3 courses)*

HSC 4931 & HSC 6601 Animal Assisted Interventions in Healthcare*

MHS 5493  Expressive Arts & Creativity in Counselng*

MHS 6444 Animal Assisted Therapy: Theory & Practice*

Integration of Sprituality, Creativity, Animals & Nature in Healthcare Initative:  Graduate Certificate & Undergraduate Minor - In Process & Proposed for Fall 2021. (4 Courses) 

MHS 6510 Group Counseling

MHS 6401 CMHC in Community Settings

MHS 6486 Human Development Across the Life Span






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