President, Acres for Life, Inc.
Director, Tamworth Counselling Services Ltd and Community Help Offering Individuals Counselling & Equine Services (CHOICES) cic
The involvement of horses in behavioural, emotional and mental health treatment is growing in recognition and popularity. Why and what is this form of treatment? How does it work? What are the different approaches being used and when would you use them?
The presentation will utilise powerpoint, video, interactive discussion and case stories to illustrate how horses are incorporated and can benefit clients with addiction and mental health issues, and how evidence-based interventions can be facilitated through this experiential approach. A framework providing standards and facilitation skillsets for mental health interventions involving horses, the Eagala Model, will be introduced.
The Eagala Model is currently being practised in over 500 programs in 40 countries, with 60,458 clients in 2018 served. The presentation will share the latest program evaluation and research results incorporating horses and the Eagala Model. Participants will leave the presentation understanding how this approach can work, the benefits it can provide, and the steps in implementing this intervention in current programs or making appropriate referrals.
1. Participants will be able to define the different ways horses are incorporated in therapy services and identify how evidence-based interventions can be facilitated through this experiential framework.
2. Participants will be able to explain how incorporating horses can work and benefit clients with various addiction, behavioural, emotional and mental health needs.
3. Participants will be introduced to the Eagala Model – a framework providing standards and facilitation skillsets when incorporating horses in the therapy process.
4. Participants will learn the latest program evaluation and research results incorporating horses and the Eagala Model.
5. Participants will be able to identify steps in making appropriate referrals and implementing this intervention.