...Here is the link to my recent radio interview with the University Radio station CIUT 89.5
What is Equine Assisted Psychotherapy or Equine Assisted Learning ?
Known as equine-assisted psychotherapy, or equine-assisted learning depending on the session objectives, the EAGALA Model is the global standard for professionals.
This Therapeutic model founded in 1999, has been developed through the Equine Assisted Growth And Learning Association in the United States.The treatment model is comprised of the Mental Health (MH) Specialist, the Equine Specialist (ES) and the Horse to provide the service to the client.
The process is solution oriented based on Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL). Both incorporate horses experimentally for emotional growth, learning and selfdiscovery. The client is engaged intellectually, emotionally, socially, and soulfully. All takes place on the ground, corral or arena, no riding involved. The facilitator's primary role include setting suitable experiences, setting boundaries, supporting clients, ensuring physical and emotional safety, and facilitating the learning process. The design of the experience is to learn from natural consequences, mistakes and successes.
Why Horses? Those familiar with horses recognize and understand the power of horses to influence people in incredibly powerful ways. Horses become or take on symbolic meaning and allow clients the opportunity to work through and change aspects of their lives in an experimental manner, in an in-the-moment and emotionally safe method. The power of the horse lies in the non-verbal, non-judgmental, non-expectational, totally trusting relationship offered to the client. These attributes are also the tools utilized and developed by EAP / EAL.
The commonality between Equine Therapy and Art Therapy is that they are both 'Client Centered,' meaning the therapy is determined by the individual; although Equine Therapy is based on the non-verbal communication, both modalities allow or provide the space for self-discovery, a non-judgmental environment.
The potential growth for both EAP and EAL is limitless. For more information or options of application contact
Gabriele Craig, DTATI,
Diplom Art Therapist and EAGALA certified MH Specialist