The EAGALA Model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy & Learning is based upon the following key theoretical tenets: CBT, Reality Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Brief Therapy, and Systems Therapy. During each session each therapy is utilized to create a deliberate activity to allow clients to get the maximum growth and learning from each session. Every EAGALA session always encompasses the following:
EAGALA is the only association offering a fully-developed and professionally endorsed treatment model for mental health professionals practicing Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.
A TEAM APPROACH:
A licensed Mental Health Professional, a certified Equine Specialist, along with a herd of horses, work together with participants in all sessions.
FOCUSED ON THE GROUND:
There is no riding or horsemanship. All activities with the horses are unmounted. Participants are given specific and deliberate activities with the horses on the ground, based on the treatment goals. The interaction becomes a metaphorical learning system.
The EAGALA Model firmly believes that the participants have solutions to all their issues and questions if they are given the opportunity to discover them.
CODE OF ETHICS:
EAGALA has a strict code of ethics that providers are bound by. EAGALA also has a board of ethics which upholds and enforces these ethical standards. Each team also upholds ethical standards to the state, ensuring best practice.