EAGALA: Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association
EAGALA is a nonprofit professional organization with over 4,500 members in 50 countries committed to setting the standard of professional excellence in how horses and people work together to improve the quality of life and mental health of individuals, families and groups worldwide. See more about EAGALA by visiting the official EAGALA website.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) incorporate horses experientially for emotional growth. The EAGALA Model is a solution-focused collaboration between a licensed mental health professional, an equine specialist and horses working together with clients. An adjunct or alternative to talk therapy, the EAGALA Model embodies a strict code of ethics.
Both powerful and effective, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is an approach that has an profound impact on individuals, couples, families, at-risk youth, and organizations, as well as on military personnel, veterans, and those suffering from PTSD. EAP addresses a plethora of behavioral challenges and mental health disorders including ADHD, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse and anxiety. EAP is also effective in helping heal relationship problems and improving communication.
Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) focuses on education, personal growth and developing specific life skills which impact team dynamics including effective communication, assertiveness, creative thinking, problem-solving, leadership, taking responsibility, teamwork, and confidence.
The focus is not riding or horsemanship. EAP and EAL involve crafting ground-based activities with horses that require individuals or groups to apply certain skills. Participants learn about themselves and others by participating in these activities with the horses, and then process (or discuss) the feelings, behaviors, and patterns that arise. Because of its intensity and effectiveness, it is considered a short-term, or “brief” approach.
Berkshire HorseWorks is pleased to offer a variety of EAP and EAL services available to individuals, couples, families, groups, and organizations.
Berkshire HorseWorks, Inc.
PO Box 214
Great Barrington, MA 01230
(310) 488 9777
To learn more about EAGALA visit www.eagala.org.