EAGALA is an international non-profit established in 1999 with a set of standards for professional excellence in how horses and humans work together to improve the quality of life of individuals, families and groups worldwide.
What is the EAGALA Model?
The EAGALA Model provides a standard and structure for providing Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning sessions. Practicing within a model establishes a foundation of key values and beliefs, and provides a basis of good practice and professionalism. The EAGALA Model provides a framework of practice, but within that framework, there are infinite opportunities for creativity and adaptability to various therapeutic and facilitating styles.
The EAGALA Model
The Team Approach – An Equine Specialist, a Mental Health professional, and horses work together with clients in all EAGALA sessions.
Focus on the ground – No horseback riding is involved. Instead, effective and deliberate techniques are utilized where the horses are metaphors in specific ground-based experiences.
Solution-Oriented – The basis of the EAGALA Model is a belief that all clients have the best solutions for themselves when given the opportunity to discover them. Rather than instructing or directing solutions, we allow our clients to experiment, problem-solve, take risks, employ creativity, and find their own solutions that work best for them.
Code of Ethics – EAGALA has high standards of practice and ethics and an ethics committee and protocol for upholding these standards, ensuring best practices and the highest level of care.
Committed to setting the standard of professional excellence in how horses and humans work together to improve the quality of life and mental health of the quality of life and mental health of individuals, families and groups worldwide.
EAGALA Standards are followed:
- Utilizes a team approach with a credentialed and certified equine specialist working together collaboratively at all times to assure clients get the therapeutic attention and support they need as they make life changes.
- Ground-based activities that require no riding or horse experience. This is the most respectful approach to working with horses; they are able to make their own choices.
- It is client-centered and solution-oriented built on the premise that it’s the clients who best determine the kinds of life changes they need to make in order to improve their lives.
- Professionals adhere to a code of ethics.