EQUINE ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY (EAP)
The EAGALA Model is a solution-focused collaboration between a licensed mental health professional, an equine specialist and horses working together with clients. Activities are all ground/unmounted focused, no riding or horsemanship skills are necessary.
The EAGALA Model is a facilitation style and standard, for conducting Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL). EAGALA utilizes metaphors to bring out client awareness. EAGALA believes that, whether it be their relationship with the horses, or their relationship to people, places, things or concepts in their lives, clients have their own best solutions if just given the opportunity to discover them.
Sessions will consist of mounted and/or ground work with horses while simultaneously pursuing specific therapeutic goals. Sessions will include a clinical psychologist and a PATH certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning.
Pre-School and Early Childhood Social Skills Groups
Groups for children ages 3-6 and 7-11 will promote the natural development of age appropriate social skills through interaction with their peers and the horses, in a safe and structured environment. Pre-school is the first structured classroom experience for young children and helps prepare them for their future education. Many young children have difficulty adjusting to the expectations, structure and social intensity of these programs. Endeavor’s social skills groups promote empathy, communication and emotional regulation through structured play. Young children will learn these prosocial skills through practice, play repetition and positive reinforcement. The best way to connect with young children is to provide them with an exciting and active environment that creates a learning experience. The Endeavor Early Childhood Social Skills group does that by including horses and ponies in our programming. The children will learn about how animal behaviors and experiences can be similar to their own.
- Number of Participants for a group: minimum of 3, maximum of 6
- 45 minute session
- Parent must stay on premises for ages 3-6
Siblings of Children with Special Needs Therapy Group
Siblings of children with special needs can experience a range of confusing emotions. Some have feelings about the amount of time and concern that is focused on the child with special health or developmental needs. Often, the role of these siblings within a family can become blurred between that of a child or another caregiver. The therapeutic needs of these siblings are different from those of their peers who do not have brothers or sisters with special needs. Despite being supported by their families, they may have strong feelings, concerns and questions including:
- What are their siblings experiencing?
- What is their responsibility now and in the future?
- How do they explain their siblings with special needs to friends?
- Can they bring friends home?
This group provides a supportive environment where these siblings can process, explore and connect with these concerns and feelings while working with horses. The objectives of this group will include improving coping skills, self-expression and psychoeducation while interacting with peers who also have siblings with special needs. The group will participate in activities similar to those described in the ground work program section however will include a therapeutic processing portion.
- Number of participants for a group: minimum 3, maximum 6
- 60 minute session