Helping Veterans, First Responders and Families with Equine Assisted Therapy

Updated: Apr 5

WHY EAGALA MILITARY SERVICES?



UNIQUE QUALITIES OF HORSES SPEED EMOTIONAL BREAKTHROUGHS

This is especially true for those suffering from PTSD. That’s because these highly attuned animals offer safe reflection and compelling feedback for fears and anxieties military clients may be facing. In the hands of a skilled treatment team, the horses’ unique sensitivity can help clients understand their own internal processes more readily than hours of talk therapy.


HERD DYNAMICS CAN HELP CLIENTS UNDERSTAND THEIR OWN LIVES

Observing the dynamics of a herd of horses can help clients better understand the dynamics of their own family, military unit and community and provide another positive model for fostering collaboration, support and trust. The horses provide an emotionally safe way to work through and strengthen relationships in life - whether it be with others, the environment, beliefs, or themselves.


FOSTER RESILIENCE IN TIMES OF HIGH STRESS

The Eagala Military Services approach is based on experience and doing. The treatment sessions re-create life experiences, including those involving frustrations, high stress and relationship problems. This provides opportunities for service members and their families to re-discover their resources and strengths to overcome obstacles in a new context of civilian life after deployment and/or military service. They can apply this experience and gain in-the-moment feedback from the horses.


BREAK THROUGH BARRIERS TO CARE

Clients experience activities with horses that remove much of the perceived stigma associated with traditional talk therapy treatment methods. When treatment is about doing it’s more engaging, and engagement increases impact. Data is showing that this population is more likely to start and complete treatment with this model with less dropout and recidivism than traditional talk therapies. Military clients repeatedly report how quickly and deeply they get to the root of their issues and experience meaningful changes.


FIND REAL WORLD SOLUTIONS TO THE TOUGHEST CHALLENGES

Clients find their own solutions to the struggles in their lives. Under the direction of an Eagala Military Services Treatment Team, clients build on their resilience and learn through self-discovery the changes they need to make in order to be more successful in both military and civilian life.



QUALITY

Eagala Military Services programs are facilitated by Eagala Certified teams where the full team of mental health professional and equine specialist have obtained their individual military designations and continue military focused continuing education each year.



CULTURAL COMPETENCE

by completing mandatory military focused Eagala training and 30 hours of cultural training understanding military culture, customs, norms, traditions, values, language, and experiences.



CLINICAL COMPETENCE

by completing 30 hours of clinical training focused on understanding the unique clinical issues commonly faced by members of our armed forces and their families. Examples include: post-traumatic stress, combat post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma, moral injury, grief, survivors guilt, substance abuse, post-deployment/ reintegration and related family conflict.



CLINICAL EXPERIENCE COMPETENCE

for the mental health professionals through facilitating 80 supervised therapy hours with military clients in clinical settings.



CREDIBILITY

through professional recommendations for both mental health professionals and equine specialists from military personnel and/or military culturally competent professionals attesting to the individual’s work and experience with this population.


Contact Joey @ 614-327-0668 for More Information


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