EAGALAEquine Assisted Growth and Learning Association
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* Military and First Responder Wellness, also using the EAGALA EAP model to treat veterans and their families who suffer from the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), such as anger, depression, anxiety, nightmares, irritability, addiction and other debilitating conditions, as well as those with traumatic brain injury.
According to Lisa, whose achievements include the 1996 and 2000 United States Team Leader for the Equestrian Paralympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia and Sydney, Australia, and Member of the Board of Directors of EAGALA, as well as a Member of the Board of Autism Communities of Long Island, "The last few years have been especially dynamic for our organization.
The animal-assisted approaches resulted in the largest decrease in violent behavior, with the Eagala approach being the more effective of the two.
* Staffing and Facilities: In the Eagala model, the equine program must include both a licensed mental health professional and an equine specialist for each session.
"There isn't a code to bill insurance specifically for equine-assisted psychotherapy similar to other types of therapy modalities and techniques--it is one of the processes used in a psychotherapy session," says Lynn Thomas, CEO of Eagala. However, Stone says at Cumberland Heights, equine therapy is wrapped around services.
(N = 284) No AAC skills training is needed for practitioners 5 1.8 Basic behavior skills evaluation (e.g., Canine Good Citizen) 136 47.9 Advanced skills practice and evaluation for clinical setting 201 70.8 Therapy animal team registration or certification (e.g., Pet Partners, Eagala) 222 78.2 Role-play with therapy animal and mock clients in a clinical setting 185 65.1 Practicum with therapy animal and real clients in a clinical setting 165 58.1 Other 16 5.6 What type of skills training do you think would be sufficient for a therapy animal in order to work with clients?
If you can't make it to Florida, check out these websites to find an accredited program in your area: EAGALA (www.eagala.org) and Certified Horsemanship Association (www.cha-ahse.org), which certifies instructors of riders with disabilities (IRD Instructor).
Fiona Cumming, 31, of the Crisis Counselling Centre in Erskine, Renfrewshire, trained in Eagala techniques in the US.
EAGALA is an international non-profit organization developed to address the need for resources, education and professionalism in the fields of equine assisted psychotherapy and equine assisted learning, also known as "horse therapy."
EAGALA has more than 3,500 members in 38 countries and continues to grow world-wide.
"Ellen's commitment to ensuring access to equine assisted therapy and her business, government and non-profit experience will be a valuable asset as we move forward," said Lynn Thomas, EAGALA co-founder and executive director.
Stroud's company, Pinnacle Ranch provides quality mental health services, personal growth, learning opportunities and organizational development utilizing equine assisted activities and the EAGALA Model.