At H.A.L.T.E.R we offer Equine Assisted Learning E.A.L. Equine Assisted Learning is an educational programme to teach participant life and social skills.
EAP is regarded as a short term therapy using 6-10 sessions. The sessions usually take place outdoors so we recommend you dress in warm, waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)is a therapeutic intervention where clients, in the presence of horses, are encouraged to be themselves and interact with the horses, which in turn can lead to emotional growth and learning. The potential for change is ever present, the horses give honest non-judgemental feedback.
The client (individuals or groups), in an assessment session, will be asked what are their expectations are from EAP and what are the specific goals or outcomes. A session is 50 minutes for individuals or a small family group but can be longer depending upon the number of clients in the group.
The sessions are facilitated by a mental health professional and a horse specialist who together take care of the physical and emotional safety of the client.
This follows the EAGALA (Equine Growth and Learning Association) model and sets standards for professionals in this field. see www.EAGALA.org.uk
EAP is experiential where the client is asked to participate in activities with the horses and the treatment team process with the client, their observations of both the client and the horses. Attention is paid to patterns of behaviour, as this is where it is most likely to benefit the client who may have become stuck. Working with the horse can, by use of metaphor, highlight for the client relationships outside the arena and give the client an opportunity to explore and change.
EAP provides a safe place to practice any changes an individual or organisation may decide to make and check out if the horses responds differently.
Specific horses can be chosen in each session to maximise the client’s learning, because like people, horses have different likes and dislikes and also like people they may have histories.
EAP is experiential and creates a space where clients can learn about non verbal communication, relationships, attitudes , boundaries, intention , creative thinking , problem solving , leadership and responsibility.
EAP is not about learning to ride or look after the horse. All activities take place on the ground and no prior experience with horses is necessary.
This is a relatively new field of therapy involving a team approach, which can help you explore a whole range of life issues.
Horse knowledge is not required to participate in this work. E.A.L. is not about learning to ride or handle horses. All sessions take place on the ground.
Our team can help you with:
- Personal growth and development
- effective relating and communicating
- assertivenes and aggression
- leadership and team building skills
- addiction, loss and depression
E.A.L. demonstrates the art of “relating” to participants by harnessing the power, intelligence and sensitivity of the horse to mirror human behaviour patterns. Patterns which individuals may not be aware of and which may be ingrained and misunderstood by others.
Living in herds, horses accept leadership as a concept, but only if the leader is trustworthy and the language of the leader is fair, consistent and clear.
Participants when interacting with one or more horses, all with different personalities , learn to adjust their behaviour and find solutions to problems, break their patterns and create different outcomes which they can then transfer to life outside the horses arena.
E.A.L. empowers participants to be creative, deal with consequences and build relationships, thereby aiding social inclusion.