Hope Rising’s aftercare program offers EAGALA Certified – Equine Therapy as well as Arts Aftercare Therapy and Character Building Discipleship for women and girls that have been rescued from trafficking.
We use the EAGALA model for our equine therapy program. The EAGALA therapy team consists of an equine specialist, a licensed mental health professional and the therapy horse. It is all ground-based and proven to provide the catalyst needed for individuals that have difficulty responding to talk-based therapies.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) – EAGALA Certified
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) incorporates horses experientially for mental and behavioral health therapy and personal development. It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals. Because of its rapid effectiveness in achieving calmness, trust and self-awareness, it is the first phase. We want to bring the client down from the intense survival mode in order to make them feel safe and ready to learn and to work on their own issues in a no-pressure environment.
EAP is experiential in nature. This means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviors, and patterns. This approach has been compared to the ropes courses used by therapists, treatment facilities, and human development courses around the world. But EAP has the added advantage of utilizing horses, dynamic and powerful living beings that unlike ropes, give immediate feedback
EAP addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs including behavioral issues, sexual trauma, attention deficit disorder, PTSD, substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and communication needs.
Equine Assisted Learning (EAL)
Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is similar to EAP but where the focus is on learning or educational goals. EAL still involves the team of mental health professional and horse professional working with the clients and horses. The focus however, is on education and learning specific skills as defined by the individual or group. This phase builds on the lessons of EAP in the following areas: verbal/Non-verbal communication, creative thinking and problem-solving, leadership/followership, taking responsibility, teamwork and relationships, confidence building, and cultural sensitivity, conflict resolution, prioritizing, team on-boarding
EAL is a powerful and effective approach that has an incredible impact on individuals. It utilizes process measuring by identifying the following phases: Forming, Norming, Storming, Performing and Transforming.
Humans can relate to horses in a way they might not be able to do with people in their lives. As they identify with the horses they often become more open to learning and communication.
Horses communicate with complete honesty and use nonverbal communication. Much of human communication is nonverbal as well, but humans can mask their true feelings with each other. With human-horse communication, humans cannot mask what is inside them and they quickly come to realize this as therapy ensues. As they are exposed to this type of communication, humans develop an honest relationship with the horse. Equine Therapy helps humans develop trust, dependability, responsibility, and empathy, awareness of boundaries, discipline, patience, and respect. As a result of a successful relationship with the horse, the person will often begin to demonstrate these qualities in their relationships and interactions with others which carry over to all aspects of their lives.