SEWANEE, Tenn. - Six Sewanee Equestrian student-athletes and one staff member successfully completed their its first training week for students to achieve certification in the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) Model.
Madison Baugh, Virginia Klemins, Tess Myers, Kelsey Bell, Caroline Roe, Caroline Godsey and University Associate Chaplin Melissa Hartley all completed the training.
The EAGALA model
Founded in 1999, the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) is the leading international nonprofit association for professionals incorporating horses to address mental health and personal development needs.
Through training and certification in the exclusive EAGALA model of practice, EAGALA has set the global standard on equine-assisted psychotherapy and personal development. Under the EAGALA model, both a registered, credentialed mental health professional and a certified equine specialist work together collaboratively at all times to assure clients get the therapeutic attention and support they need as they make life changes.
The Eagala model involves no riding or previous experience with horses, making it very safe and effective. Clients work directly with horses face to face on the same footing. This ground level work enables clients to better perceive the horses actions and reactions as they work the process and solve their life challenges. Under the trained eye of the EAGALA team, horses offer clients honest feedback and usable information that helps them understand how their process and actions affect others and impacts their lives.
The work is built on the same premise that it is the clients who best determine the kinds of life changes they need to make in order to improve their lives.