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    Founded in July 1999, the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization developed to address the need for resources, education, and professionalism in the fields of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL). EAP incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning. It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals. Activities with the horses are designed to mimic real life issues. This allows the client and therapist to “see” where the problems are and find solutions that work. Clients quickly recognize unhealthy patterns and enact new behaviors. The horses don’t accept “talk” - clients have to make sincere, life-long changes. EAL involves a similar process but focuses on educational and human/organizational development goals in this highly interactive and impactful learning approach.

EAGALA certified professionals utilize Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning to work with a wide range of behavioral/mental health issues and learning goals such as addictions, eating disorders, behavioral disorders, abuse and trauma, recidivism, personality disorders, autism, learning disabilities, anger management, trauma, ADHD, at-risk youth, families and couples, depression, stress management, coping skills, aggressive behavior, team work, organizational development, wellness, life and leadership skills and more...


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