Children attend sessions twice a week accompanied by a licensed therapist with a master’s degree in social work who is certified by EAGALA, Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association. Our advanced horse specialist certified by EAGALA also is in attendance during all therapy sessions.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is an approach to professional counseling that helps clients of all ages address behavioral, emotional, spiritual and relational issues using a horse as an intervention tool. EAP is a non-threatening and action-oriented team approach to counseling that includes a licensed counselor, horse professional and horse. EAP helps clients cope with change and develop positive means of facing life’s struggles through the use of team-building activities with horses.
Why Horses? Horses have long been man’s help mate. They are trainable and have adaptable characteristics imperative for today’s survival. Horses don’t lie; they don’t separate how they feel and how they act. They force you to communicate with the same depth and transparency.
The main purpose is to develop insight and skills that transfer back to clients’ lives developed with problem-solving activities set up as metaphors for the client’s life and relationships. At the end of the activity we have a group meeting to evaluate their problem-solving strategies and to discuss each child’s feelings generated by the activity.
Equine therapy is available to those in either of the Hendrick Home for Children programs – Basic Care or Family Care.