Getting to What Matters: How to Evaluate and Communicate Your Impact
Steve Patty, Ph.D., [Dialogues in Action, OR]
All of us who work with people need a way both to prove–and improve–our impact in the lives of those we serve. We need data to demonstrate what we are doing is making a difference. We also need data to illuminate areas where we can get better, and to show us how to get better. Too often we are influenced by a singular anecdote, or an idea-like program satisfaction, or superficial metrics that miss the deeper, more durable, more meaningful aspects of human progress and development. We need better ways to evaluate what really matters. This workshop will show us how.
Based on the work from over a decade of capacity-building with hundreds of programs and agencies across North America, Steve Patty,Ph.D. will bring innovative thinking and proven techniques to help us prove and improve our impact. Dr. Patty obtained his Ph.D. from Trinity International University and has been trained at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is a former academic chair at Multnomah University and adjunct professor in the doctoral program of business at the International University of Monaco. He resides in Portland, OR and consults, speaks, and facilitates courses with leadership teams throughout North America and Europe.
Wednesday, March 22 | 9:30 AM-10:30 AM
Understanding How Animals Think and Feel APA,NCC
Temple Grandin, Ph.D., [Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University]
As a person with autism, all my memories are in pictures instead of words. When I was young, I assumed everybody thought in pictures the same way I did. Because of this, visual thinking helped me understand animals as sensory-based thinkers that do not think in words. This lecture will provide insight into both animal minds and individuals where words may not be their primary mode of thought.
Dr. Grandin’s achievements are remarkable because she was an autistic child. At age two, she had no speech and all the signs of severe autism. Many hours of speech therapy and intensive teaching enabled Temple to learn speech. As a teenager, life was hard and filled with constant teasing.
Mentoring by her high school science teacher and aunt at a ranch in Arizona motivated Temple to study and pursue a career as a scientist and livestock equipment designer. She obtained her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College in 1970. In 1975 she earned her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University for her work on the behavior of cattle in different squeeze chutes. Dr. Grandin was awarded her Ph.D. in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989 and is currently a Professor at Colorado State University.
Dr. Grandin has published numerous books in her career. Her book, Animals in Translation, was a New York Times bestseller and her book, Livestock Handling and Transport, now has a fourth edition which was published in 2014. Other popular books authored by Dr. Grandin include Thinking in Pictures, Emergence Labeled Autistic, Animals Make us Human, Improving Animal Welfare: A Practical Approach, The Way I See It, and The Autistic Brain.
Wednesday, March 22 | 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Thank You For Your Service
Eagala is excited to provide a special screening of the powerful new documentary, Thank You for Your Service, an important film for anyone working in the mental health field and advocating for effective therapies—including working with horses—and establishing a new Behavioral Health Corps. We are honored to be joined by William Rodriguez and Phil Straub, veterans featured in the film, and film producers Ilan Arboleda and Matt Tyson, for questions and discussion afterwards.
Friday, March 24 | 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Horses in the room!
Lynn Thomas, LCSW — Eagala Founder/CEO, OR
Orna Raiter – CEO – The Horse Path, Israel
Yarden Mendelson, M.A. – The Horse Path, Israel
There are times when we may not be able to be with live horses in an arena, whether it be because of weather, or doing a classroom presentation or workshop. In the last ten years, therapeutic cards have been a growing tool for treatment professionals. Learn more about this tool through actively participating in a therapeutic card experience!
Thursday, March 23 | 9:15 AM-10:00 AM
Facilitating the Eagala Model –A Mentoring Experience APA, NCC
Lynn Thomas, LCSW — Eagala Founder/CEO |
Mickey DiGiacomo — Eagala Program Director, OH
Learn principles of the Eagala Model and how they are applied by watching a facilitating team be mentored in the process of conducting an Eagala Model session. Concepts such as SPUD’S, structuring sessions, and ongoing facilitation of the process will be reviewed as we watch ways to apply, or not apply, these skillsets to maximize the effectiveness of our sessions.
Thursday, March 23 | 10:00 AM-10:45 AM
Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing in the Eagala Model Team APA, NCC
Ulla Frederickson, MA, LLP [The Sundance Center, MI]
Mark Lytle [Head, Heart, Hands, and Horses, NC]
The Eagala Model standard upholds that this work is done with a qualified, professional team consisting of a mental health professional (MHP), an equine specialist (ES) and horse(s). Working in a team can be awkward at first and difficult conflicts can arise along the way. This presentation will take the participants through forming, storming, norming, and performing in the Eagala team.
Thursday, March 23 | 11:15 AM-12:00 PM
Using Symbols to Create Metaphors in Eagala Model EAL/Equine-Assisted Coaching APA, NCC
Annie Ricalde, Psychologist [TAAC, Mexico]
Fernando Cordero [TAAC, Mexico]
Eagala’s Model of Equine-Assisted Therapy and Personal Development is defined as the practice of using horses in a learning/coaching environment for individual and group sessions, and is a non-traditional approach that has been growing in recognition and popularity. It is common to hear about programs incorporating the Eagala Model in therapy modalities for addictions, eating disorders, trauma, and personality disorders. However, it is still not widely recognized for use in the business sector. In order to bring horses further into the business world, this session will introduce participants to this learning/coaching approach and explore ideas on how to do so. By presenting an Eagala Model coaching session, the facilitators will illustrate the importance of identifying symbols and potential metaphors, how to use them in this context, the distinctions between therapy and coaching that have to be understood, and how to maintain the integrity of the Eagala Model.
Thursday, March 23 | 1:30 PM-2:15 PM
Eagala Through the Eyes of the Traumatized Child APA, NCC
Ellie Williams, NCC, LPC, BCPC, DDP [EquiTeam Support Services, PA]
Marian Hamilton [EquiTeam Support Services, PA]
Children and adolescents who have experienced physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse often suffer long-term effects related to the complex traumas they have endured. This session will provide treatment team scenarios involving work with children with complex trauma. In examining Eagala through the eyes of the traumatized child, participants will gain insight and knowledge into the special needs of this vulnerable population within the arena. We will examine and discuss the differences in working with this population as compared to others. Despite the differences and challenges—which at times can include extreme behaviors—great success can be achieved when the team maintains consistency within the Eagala Model framework.
Timeline activities are often used in the treatment of mental and physical health issues to help illustrate the client’s life course. With this visual method, clients can see their lives mapped out, better understand significant events contributing to the longevity of their problems, discuss the connections to past and present behaviors, and uncover maladaptive coping mechanisms. When we talk about the arena as a storyboard for the client’s timeline, observations can be made about how the horses interact with different elements of the timeline — stories often come to light for the participants. It is in these stories that their truth can be found, both in terms of past and present behaviors. While observing this activity, the audience will be able to better identify their Apostrophe S’s through observations, journaling, and sharing during the group process.
Track A: FOUNDATIONS OF THE EAGALA MODEL Block 1: Wednesday, March 22 | 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Walking the Talk of Apostrophe S– Mindfulness of the Eagala Facilitating Team APA, NCC
Joy Nussen, LMFT [Equineworks, CA]
Leslie Becker, LMFT [Equineworks, CA]
It is said, "You can only help a client as far as you have gone yourself." In office-based psychotherapy, it is the professional standard to routinely work on our own stuff to avoid contaminating a client's psychotherapy session. Toss in a horse and a co-clinician, and it gets complicated...but it's so much easier with the support of a team if we learn to be vulnerable with one another and share our Apostrophe S.
What exactly is the Apostrophe S? This session will explore how our own stuff shows up before we enter the Eagala Model session. We will address how to be mindful of our Apostrophe S, the importance of sharing our Apostrophe S with our co-facilitator, and determining when it may be most useful to do so.
This session will reinforce the necessity of personal development for each team member, because the lack of awareness of our own metaphors, our own stories, and our core beliefs can make the difference between a professional and an unprofessional session. We will also highlight resources for gaining personal insight and transformation toward a happier life.
Track B: MILITARY Block 1: Wednesday, March 22 | 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Eagala Model for Moral Injury and Complex Combat PTSD APA, NCC
Mark Knox, D.Min., Ph,D., LMFT, Retired Army Chaplain [Safe Haven Ranch: Counseling and Consultation, NC]
Diane Knox, Army Spouse [Safe Haven Ranch:Counseling and Consultation, NC]
Our warriors are coming home to communities throughout our nation and, in many cases, bringing the wounds of war with them. The wounds come in the form of PTSD, moral injury, TBI, and combinations of the three.
As Winston Churchill said, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”
This session will specifically address the use of the Eagala Model in bringing help and healing to our combat veterans and their families.
Participants will learn of the first-hand experiences of an Army chaplain in working with combat veterans experiencing PTSD and moral injury.
They will be equipped with knowledge and practical tools that will enable them to use horses to help our military veterans and their families.
Track C: BUILDING AND GROWING YOUR BUSINESS Block 1: Wednesday, March 22 | 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
7 Keys to A Strong Marketing Foundation for Eagala Model Businesses
Marketing is not just a great strategy for social media posts or advertising campaigns. It is much deeper than that. Marketing encompasses a wide range of dynamics and activities. A strong marketing foundation—used properly—increases revenue and can stop the revenue roller coaster. These foundational marketing pieces make it simple and easy to talk about your business and attract the ideal clients that are happy to pay for service.
A strong marketing foundation involves the following:
Clarity around the steps in the process
The value of the offer
The ability to offer the client what is needed for where they are
The “inventory” already in place
A clear picture of who the ideal client really is
A strong marketing message that connects with them
Effective networking (not just attending a mixer)
A mindset of success
Track D: THE EAGALA MODEL WITH DIFFERENT POPULATIONS Block 1: Wednesday, March 22 | 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
HSPs & Horses: Eagala Model Work for Highly Sensitive People APA, NCC
Alane Freund, MS, MA, LMFT [Heart and Mind Equine, CA]
Monica Zimmerman, MA [Heart and Mind Equine, CA]
Elaine Aron, Ph.D. [Heart and Mind Equine, CA]
Why HSPs and Horses? Highly sensitive people (HSPs) have an innate temperament trait, and they love psychotherapy, animals, and nature—the key elements of Eagala Model work. HSPs make up 20% of humanity and half of therapy clients. HSPs are identified by D.O.E.S.: Depth of processing, easily Over-stimulated, Emotional responsiveness/Empathy, and Sensitivity to Subtle Stimuli. HSPs are 70% introverts and 30% extraverts and equal numbers men and women. HSPs have a well-documented path toward high-level functioning when offered effective treatment that supports healing from past trauma and living in a world designed for the other 80%. Working with renowned researcher on high sensitivity, Dr. Elaine Aron, Heart and Mind Equine has developed Eagala Model workshops (EAL) and treatment (EAP) for HSPs.
This session will train participants to recognize high sensitivity, to understand differential diagnosis with mental illnesses, to adjust physical environments and communication styles to better serve HSPs, and to plan effective Eagala sessions for HSPs. We will also discuss the Eagala Model aspect of work with HSPs and the use of horses to educate clients (and clinicians) about this trait. Research on highly sensitive people will be presented to further educate participants and validate this treatment model.
Track E: UNIVERSITY/ SCHOOL APPLICATIONS & RESEARCHING THE MODEL Block 1: Wednesday, March 22 | 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Pt. 1: General Research Overview & Applicability of Health Services Research to Support Eagala APA, NCC | Pt. 2: What is Qualitative Research and When is it Used? APA, NCC
Pt. 1: Michelle Garner, Ph.D., LICSW [University of Washington Tacoma, WA]
Pt. 2: Noreen Esposito, Ed.D. [University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC]
Pt. 1: An overview of current mental health and personal growth research with horse interventions will be presented and discussed. Remaining time will be used to explain how theories and measurement impact research and aspects of health service research, beyond effectiveness outcomes, in a way that could help grow Eagala. After lecture for common foundation, we can fluidly use remaining time for discussion, questions, or collectively working a case example, etc., and reflection on implications for individual practice.
Pt. 2: The goal of this session is to introduce qualitative research methods to those new to this approach and to those who want to better understand and interpret qualitative studies. Qualitative research is a useful methodology for exploring the what and how of things. It is part of a hierarchy of evidence that can help to support treatment approaches like the Eagala Model. Doing qualitative research can be challenging, interesting, and fun. In some ways, qualitative methods parallel the Eagala Model. Like Eagala facilitators, qualitative researchers never know what they are going to find. Qualitative researchers work at staying present, attentive, flexible, and open to both the expected and unexpected during data collection and in their analysis. One can begin to evaluate qualitative studies for their quality and usefulnessby identifying certain characteristics.
Track A: FOUNDATIONS OF THE EAGALA MODEL Block 2: Wednesday, March 22 | 2:00 PM-3:30 PM
The horses are the key to this powerful work; they live in the moment with pure honesty — we should be doing the same! This session allows professionals to explore what goes on during sessions for the co-facilitators. Participants will discuss their thoughts, judgments, and thresholds during sessions and what impact these have on themselves and their horses.
Stretching Outside Your Comfort Zone discusses the Eagala Model, our roles as co-facilitators, and how our agenda may be present. Are we living in the moment with our horses/clients or allowing our stuff to drive the session? Judgement is all around and it impacts everyone and everything — even if unintentionally.
Participants will bring awareness to the impact our stuff has. Once our stuff has gotten in the way, what do we do about it? How do we break through it and continue forward? Self-care is also a key piece in moving forward successfully. What are we—as co-facilitators— doing to keep our mind, body, and spirit fresh?
The closing is an Eagala EAL-inspired session on keeping ourselves in check! Throughout this journey of stretching outside your comfort zone, participants gain greater insight on trusting the process.
Track B: MILITARY Block 2: Wednesday, March 22 | 2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Finding the New Norm: Working through the Grieving and Civilian Reintegration Transition Process with Military Populations using the Eagala Model APA, NCC
John Foley, CW4, (ret) [Horses that Heal, Inc., NC]
Deb Foley, M.Ed., NCC, LPC-S [Horses that Heal, Inc., NC]
Prairie Conlon, MS, LPCA [Horses that Heal, Inc., NC]
There has been much interest and success in the efficacy of equine-assisted therapy for the use of assisting military service members in their transition from the combat field to the home. However, little is being done to assist our veterans and their families when they decide to make the life-changing decision to exit the military and return to civilian life. From traumas experienced during deployments, extended disruptions in relationships, to the strict structure provided during military assignments, many feel lost and have difficulty finding their new normal when they enter civilian life.
Through the use of the Eagala Model, Horses that Heal, Inc. has provided a pathway for veterans and their families as they navigate the slippery slope of adjusting to civilian jobs, finding and repairing their personal relationships that have endured deployments and numerous disruptions, and helping them develop a new normal.
Track C: BUILDING AND GROWING YOUR BUSINESS Block 2: Wednesday, March 22 | 2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Clearing the Path -Top 5 Things to Do Before Starting a New Nonprofit
Developed by an Eagala Certified Practitioner and a social worker/attorney specializing in nonprofit and tax law, this session is designed for people and groups considering starting a new nonprofit organization and helping them chart their path forward.
Setting up a nonprofit corporation involves a lot more than creating your website, opening your doors to clients, and starting to fundraise. Careful consideration and planning need to take place before you embark on your charitable venture. Learn about the incorporation process and alternatives that may be more appropriate, as well as nonprofit governance issues, reporting requirements, and other legal and management issues that could impact your project. You’ll leave this class with information, homework, and a template to guide you through the next steps. This course goes beyond simply presenting the legal requirements of forming a nonprofit; participants will be given strategies and tools to help them advance their projects goals and vision.
Track D: THE EAGALA MODEL WITH DIFFERENT POPULATIONS Block 2: Wednesday, March 22 | 2:00 PM-3:30 PM
The Herd, Grief, Loss,and finding a New Normal APA, NCC
Patti Schlough, NCC, LPC, LCPC [Peace, LLC, PA]
Pam Dudek, LCSW-C, LCSW [Horse Inspired Growth and Learning Center, MD]
This session will focus on Eagala Model grief/loss practices when treating individuals, families, or groups. There will be an emphasis on family work and creating a space for healing to occur when a family has lost a significant member by using clean questions. Attention will be given to identifying complications that may arise when dealing with families that have been through a traumatic loss.
This workshop will also include a discussion for participants who have lost a herd member to death who was an active part of a family/individual’s treatment team. This discussion will focus on team self-care and how the treatment team might incorporate this loss into their work.
Track E: UNIVERSITY/ SCHOOL APPLICATIONS & RESEARCHING THE MODEL Block 2: Wednesday, March 22 | 2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Updates from the Research Committee APA, NCC
Eagala Research Committee
Angela Sherman, Ph.D., Eagala Research Committee Chair
Eagala’s Research Committee will provide an overview of the current structure and role of the Research Committee and the Committee’s part in research related to the Eagala Model. The presenters will give an update of research on the Eagala Model and related topics, including some of the challenges we face as an organization and the strategies being implemented to address those challenges. The Research Committee also will address important items and provide tips that Eagala members can use to strengthen programs and help Eagala move forward with research. The second part of this presentation will include a panel discussion and Q&A with the Committee.
Track A: FOUNDATIONS OF THE EAGALA MODEL Block 3: Wednesday, March 22 | 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Pt. 1: Horse "Stuff" | Pt. 2: Solution-Focused : Through the Eyes of a Horse APA, NCC
Pt. 1: Gretchen Arndt Hoernke [Triquestrian, LLC, WI]
Pt. 2:Jackie Kaschal, MLitt, PNH1, CEIP-MH [PEACE Ranch, MI]
Jan Stump Tharp, MSW, LCSW [Department of Veterans Affairs, MI]
Pt. 1: Anthropomorphism (the attribution of human characteristics or behaviors to a horse), autocracy (a domineering attitude/approach toward the horse), and codependency (when a horse’s behavior is interpreted as a reflection of oneself or one’s relationship with the horse) are things that can happen and be utilized as part of horse ownership and horse training. Many horse owners develop relationships and connections with their horses in a way that can become part of our stuff as Eagala facilitators. If our stuff filters into a session, it can conflict with a client’s assessment of a horse’s behavior and enter into the client’s own experiences during a session.
Come to this session and increase your awareness of your horse stuff and learn and practice strategies to implement that can help keep your horse stuff out of the session through the use of clean language and SPUD’s using pictures and short video clips.
Pt. 2: This session will explore the solution-focused tenant of the Eagala Model. Content will revolve around a case study of one rescue horse and the process of prioritizing its needs during rehabilitation. The decision-making process which dictated the treatment plan for the horse will serve as a metaphor to explore the types of internal and external pressures which arise in sessions, and conflict with a solution-focused approach. Participants will engage in solution-focused discussion through the eyes of the horse to expand their working knowledge and improve their facilitation skills.
Track B: MILITARY Block 3: Wednesday, March 22 | 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Navigating the Eagala Model’s Ethical Decision-Making Process APA, NCC
Eagala Ethics Committee
Peter M Comstock, NCC, LCPC, LPCC, Chair
Back by popular demand, the Eagala Ethics Committee will have an interactive discussion of various ethical issues that arise when providing Eagala Model services .Over time, the Eagala Ethics Committee has collected evidence that practitioners using the Eagala Model sometimes lack an understanding of ethical situations (e.g.: dual relationships, misrepresentation, confidentiality, adherence to Eagala Model standards, to name a few) in their work settings, and that this lack of knowledge prevents them from developing practical and effective strategies that will keep their clients safe.
This workshop will be an education/review of Eagala’s ethical standards and a review of protocol for addressing ethical concerns will be conducted. New vignettes will be discussed that will challenge practitioners in navigating ethical situations in their work settings. A new segment will include mandated reporting and who has the responsibility for it. The MHP, ES, or both? The Eagala Ethics Committee will have both Advanced Certified and committee members present with attendees to provide resources and strategies which can help them recognize ethical concerns and then discuss appropriate solutions for those problems. The session will also provide opportunities for attendees to practice the strategies they have developed.
Track C: BUILDING AND GROWING YOUR BUSINESS Block 3: Wednesday, March 22 | 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
How to Get a Contract and Keep It
Amy Blossom [Reins of Change, Inc., IL]
Brenda Hunter, MA, LCPC [Clinical Director, Eagala, WI]
Got your Eagala Model business started? What does it take to keep it going? Reins of Change will educate participants in this workshop pertaining to the design, development, implementation, and management of contracts for providing Eagala Model programming. Take a journey through the past 18 years of business development through the lens of Reins of Change leaders. Benefit from the past learning experiences of Reins of Change’s trial and error, ups and downs, and cause and effect while pioneering together in an entrepreneurial Eagala Model business with multiple programs. Hang on to the reins!
Track D: THE EAGALA MODEL WITH DIFFERENT POPULATIONS Block 3: Wednesday, March 22 | 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Trauma Focused-CBT + Horses = Healing APA, NCC
Kendra Twitty, MA., LPC [EquiPower, SC]
Ann O’Brien, MS, NCC, NCSC [EquiPower, SC]
Please join us to have some fun while learning how to integrate horses into Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy sessions. In this workshop participants will learn about the brain and the effects that trauma has on the brain. We will share practical equine assisted activities for several of the TF-CBT PRACTICE components.
The second part of this workshop focuses on The Cost of Caring; Recognizing & Addressing Vicarious Trauma. As people working in the caring profession, we are emotionally impacted by hearing trauma stories and witnessing pain, fear, and terror.
During this workshop participants will have time to assess and reflect how Vicarious Trauma may or may not be effecting their personal and professional lives. In order to remain healthy and productive, we need to take care of ourselves. In this session, we hope to support you in creating your self-care plan.
Track E: UNIVERSITY/ SCHOOL APPLICATIONS & RESEARCHING THE MODEL Block 3: Wednesday, March 22 | 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Pt. 1: Temporary Relief or Transformation? Examination of Human-Horse Interaction in Eagala Model EAP APA, NCC | Pt. 2: Passion Needs Persistence and Proof: Taking Eagala Model Horse-Powered Reading to Special Ed.Summer School for Research APA, NCC
Pt. 1: Angela Fournier, PhD, LP [Bemidji State University, MN]
Liz Letson, MS, LPCC [Eagle Vista Ranch and Wellness Center, MN]
Emma Leigh Pasuik [Bemidji State University, MN]
Pt. 2: Michele Pickel, Ph.D. [Concordia University, MN]
Pt. 1:Within this workshop, researchers propose a psychological model to explain underlying processes within Eagala Model EAP, supported by data from client sessions. The model describes human-horse interaction as having direct effects on transient psychological states, such as mood and anxiety, while having indirect effects on the long-term outcome of emotional growth and learning. A total of 112 men and women participated in a study by permitting the use of their self-report measures from Eagala Model sessions. The data provides empirical evidence of the proposed model, showing that metaphors emerge in sessions and mediate the relationship between human-horse interaction and growth and learning. The model also addresses the intersection of Eagala Model EAP and traditional psychotherapy models. Case stories will be shared to illustrate major points.
Pt. 2:This presentation tells the story of an unlikely partnership across 900 miles, where a Mental Health professional, an elementary school’s Special Education Department, and an education professor/Equine Specialist using her university research resources all collaborated to develop a month-long summer school Horse-Powered Reading program for the school district’s special education children.
By sharing their story and experiences, participants will be able to see and hear the presenters’ mutual passion for helping children first initiated the project; their persistence in building connections and resources for the program; and how they used the opportunity as an experimental research study. Presenters will also share what they learned from the experience, and how they approached school districts and communities to “sell” and market their program. Although these researchers believe Eagala Model Horse-Powered Reading is a powerful tool to help struggling students, participants will learn that it is still important to ask questions and work harder to prove or disprove that belief through gathering data to improve and refine a program.
Track A: FOUNDATIONS OF THE EAGALA MODEL Block 4: Friday, March 24 | 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
GROUP DEVELOPMENT: Forming, Storming, Norming,and Performing of Eagala Model APA, NCC
Stephanie Roffey LCSW [Achieving Balance at The Farm, NC]
Stephanie Pennell [Achieving Balance at The Farm, NC]
Facilitating client groups can be a challenge in itself, but even more so when you add horses, unruly behavior, safety-questioning parents, and your own Apostrophe S’s. There are so many challenges associated with group dynamics. You need to know how to adjust your plan to be flexible and accommodating while meeting the needs of all involved (parents, children, horses, and facilitators). In this session, you will learn the basic ins and outs of groups, group dynamics,and group facilitation. Participants will be challenged to look at their own stuff to evaluate their group facilitation threshold, process logistical issues, and compile an evaluation process. The presenters will share their experiences, their evaluation guidelines, and provide information on how to determine if, and which, children may need one-on-one experiences prior to being introduced to a group setting. Participants will go through their own group process of forming, storming, norming, and performing. Participants will then gain knowledge in adjusting to group dynamics and learn how to follow the group’s story while using the Eagala Model and fostering group goals.
Track B: MILITARY Block 4: Friday, March 24 | 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Risk and Resilience: Supporting the Significant Others of our Police, Fire, and Military Personnel APA, NCC
Michelle Sell [Horses, Humans, and Healing/H3 Program, KS]
Those who work as first responders or in the military often have significant others who’ve had to make considerable changes or adaptations in their lives to accommodate their loved one’s chosen profession. Having a loved one who works in harm’s way can wear on many primary-support relationships. Learn about providing services to the immediate-support significant others of those in high-risk occupations, including developing Significant Other Support (SOS) groups. This session will teach attendees the importance of supporting first responders and military member’s significant others and how to help build and maintain that support system. The presentation will discuss both things to consider and issues one may encounter while working with this population. In addition, it will address why working with significant others is important, and ways that significant others can practice good self-care and resilience-building. Presenters will also share case stories and a few Eagala Model activities that can be used during sessions.
Track C: BUILDING AND GROWING YOUR BUSINESS Block 4: Friday, March 24 | 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
WhyTry?® Combining this Empirically-Base d Program with the Eagala Model APA, NCC
Elizabeth Tann Frisby, Ed.D., LPC-S, [Best Anchor Ranch, TX]
Glenna Wilson [Best Anchor Ranch, TX]
The WhyTry?® program is currently used in over 20,000 organizations, in all 50 of the United States, as well as Canada, the U.K., and Australia. The experiential piece of the program makes it a perfect match for the Eagala Model. Come see how these two empirically-based programs have been combined to create one powerhouse therapeutic intervention for youth. Learn steps to getting your program noticed, and how to secure those all-important contracts!
Track D: THE EAGALA MODEL WITH DIFFERENT POPULATIONS Block 4: Friday, March 24 | 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
How Understanding the Brain Informs Effective Interventions in Eagala Sessions APA, NCC
Hans Watson, M.D. [Malmstrom AFB, MT]
How does the brain work and impact the emotions and behaviors of individuals? Dr. Watson will present the fundamentals of neurobiology in a fun and interactive workshop. First, it will focus on teaching how the brain's normal function controls mood, anxiety, fear, concentration, and other emotional and behavioral activities in a healthy individual. Next, it will identify how the brain function changes during depression, sickness, trauma, loneliness,and other mental health needs. Lastly, the workshop will focus on how the equine specialist and mental health professional team can utilize the Eagala Model to restore healthy brain function. Understanding these concepts can benefit the Eagala team in working with all types of clients.
Track E: UNIVERSITY/ SCHOOL APPLICATIONS & RESEARCHING THE MODEL Block 4: Friday, March 24 | 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Pt. 1: Honoring Dr. Carolle Bell's Legacy: Results of Falcon Ridge Ranch's Program Evaluation APA, NCC | Pt. 2: Combating Compassion Fatigue in Community Care Professionals Research APA, NCC
Pt. 1: Wanda Whittlesey-Jerome, Ph.D., LMSW [New Mexico State University, NM]
Pt. 1: As a long-standing Eagala member and mentor, Dr. Carolle Bell's legacy is rich in contributions to the Eagala Model. Dr. Bell was beloved by many. A partnership between Dr. Bell and Dr. Wanda Whittlesey-Jerome produced results in a multiple-year program evaluation involving Eagala Model sessions with adopted, adolescent females exhibiting reactive attachment disorder (RAD), who were enrolled in Falcon Ridge Ranch's (FRR) residential treatment program. Unfortunately, Dr. Bell passed away in summer 2016, never seeing the results. With on-going data collection support from Falcon's staff including, most recently, efforts by Robyn Christiansen, work was completed in analyzing data collected from students at FRR on The Resiliency Scales for Children and Adolescents (Prince-Embury, 2007). These results are now shared in honor of Dr. Bell's legacy and on behalf of Eagala professionals and providers worldwide.
Pt. 2: The phenomenon of Compassion Fatigue (CF), articulated as the cost of caring for clients that have experienced Trauma (Figley, 1995), is presented from a study of empirical research relating to CF among Community Care Professionals (CCPs). This study uncovered the symptoms, prevalence, risk factors, and best practice interventions identified to alleviate individual experiences and symptoms of CF. CCP populations explored include nurses, counsellors, social workers, hospice care workers, residential care professionals, mental health practitioners, and military health practitioners. The research informed the development of a care professional resilience program based on best practice interventions and the Eagala Model, which was implemented and evaluated. The positive results of this program, which was published in a peer-reviewed journal, will be shared.
Track A: FOUNDATIONS OF THE EAGALA MODEL Block 5: Friday, March 24 | 2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Pt. 1: The Who, What, and How of the Therapeutic Relationship APA, NCC | Pt. 2: The Peace Horse Program: Eagala EAL and the Path to Peace in the Middle East APA, NCC
Pt. 1: Alison Johnson, Psy.D., LP [Horse Powered Growth and Learning –Summit Psychological Services, NJ]
Sharon Mitchell, MSW [Willow Pond Farm, NJ]
Pt. 2: Rob Pliskin, MSSA, LSW, Eagala Advanced Certified [The Peace Horse Program -Horses for Peace, New Zealand]
Arthur du Mosch [Out of the Wilderness, Israel]
Pt. 1: The importance of the therapeutic relationship is well-recognized as key to a positive outcome in therapy. This session will focus on the therapeutic relationship in the Eagala Model. How important is a working alliance in this treatment modality,and who is the therapeutic alliance between? Is the alliance between the horses and the clients qualitatively different from the working relationship between the human facilitators and the client? Do mental health facilitators need to adjust their understanding of the therapeutic relationship when working with their four-legged horse facilitator/partners? The session will involve examining research, theory, and experience to ascertain how the Eagala Model challenges our understanding of the therapeutic relationship.
Pt. 2: The intent of this workshop is to portray the development of two Eagala EAL peace-building workshops for children and adults in a major world conflict zone. It traces the Peace Horse Program on its journey from vision to reality with Israelis and Palestinians in the summer of 2016 and its direct involvement with grassroots peace building groups in the region. Exploring the origin, current status, and future plans of Peace Horse is also a learning platform for any Eagala professional on a personal path from passion to program. Participants in this workshop will receive detailed information about the Peace Horse Program and its process. This will be utilized to energize and engage participants in reinforcing the theme of Eagala Model EAL as a potential social and cultural change agent, even across conflict lines, while supporting change for individual clients at the same time. Large and small group activities will help participants to share their own accomplishments and create new ideas on their own path from passion to program.
Track B: MILITARY Block 5: Friday, March 24 | 2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Your Successful Veteran Program: what Veterans need, what you Need APA, NCC
Toni Mattson [Trinity Equestrian Center, WI]
Lisa Hudson, MSW, LCSW [Trinity Equestrian Center, WI]
Creating a successful program for military veterans isn’t simply a product of your passion to help vets with PTSD. Your passion must be met with a practical plan to supply both their needs (and yours.) They need the life-line of rediscovering their purpose (the key to reducing suicide rates), and you need reliable and diverse program funding! Come hear from the folks of Trinity Equestrian Center, a Wisconsin equine center recognized and awarded for their leadership and success in their efforts by the Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs and Governor. You will gain valuable insight on how their nine-year-old veteran program started, how it is sustained, and what you need to do to get state support.
Track C: BUILDING AND GROWING YOUR BUSINESS Block 5: Friday, March 24 | 2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Pt. 1: Careful what you Wish for... Preparing for the Stampede | Pt. 2: Treatment Planning with your Client and your Horse
Pt. 1: Tami Bahr, MSW, LCSW, CSAC, ICS [Triquestrian, WI]
Pt. 2: Randy Hamelin, MA, RPC [Country Sunset Stables Growth and Learning, Canada]
Chelsea Roy, DSW, CYC [Country Sunset Stables Growth and Learning, Canada]
Pt. 1: Join the Triquestrian team to discuss how to build your Eagala Model practice in a mindful way, and how to avoid challenges that might occur from a rapid increase in clients. Hear about some of the unanticipated issues that came up for us in this scenario, and identify steps you can take to prepare your own practice for the growth and expansion you hope to achieve. Participants will have an opportunity to review their own strategic plans, identify areas needing more attention, develop marketing plans, and prepare for growth.
Pt. 2: Treatment planning is an essential part of your practice. Its purpose is to ensure that the client reaches their objectives around the issue(s) which originally caused them to book an appointment at your facility. Treatment plans are more successful when we create them with our clients— helping maintain a solution-focused practice. This session will show you how to create an effective treatment plan with your client and your horse in the arena.
Track D: THE EAGALA MODEL WITH DIFFERENT POPULATIONS Block 5: Friday, March 24 | 2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Pt. 1: OPEN DISCUSSION AND FORUM: Eagala Through the Eyes of the Traumatized Child APA, NCC | Pt. 2: W.H.O.A.! Helping Clients Understand & Cope with the Reverberating Effects of Trauma & Addiction APA, NCC
Pt. 1: Michelle Sayre, LCSW-C [Maryland Recovery, MD]
Amy Hopkins Daney [Maryland Recovery, MD]
Pt. 2: Ellie Williams, NCC, LPC, BCPC, DDP Practitioner [EquiTeam Support Services, PA]
Marian Hamilton [EquiTeam Support Services, PA]
Pt. 1: The reverberating effects of trauma upon survivors are many and are often bewildering, leading victims to look for ways to cope and self soothe. Many turn to substances and develop addictions, often times recapitulating their original trauma. When clients enter treatment for addiction they are stripped of their primary coping strategy, leaving many to experience somatic and emotional symptoms long masked by addiction. New healthier ways of coping and managing affect arousal are needed.
W.H.O.A. is a coping strategy developed by Michelle Sayre through her Eagala Model work with clients dually diagnosed with trauma and addiction. Discover how W.H.O.A. can be utilized to help clients better regulate affect and prevent relapse. Understand the importance of herd dynamics in healing trauma and addiction, and how the Eagala Model can be effectively incorporated into established treatment facilities.
Pt. 2: This workshop includes application of skills and best practices of the Eagala Model when working with children, complex trauma, and challenging behaviors. Conceptualizing on scenarios from the arena presentation, this classroom workshop will provide the platform for in-depth discussion and processing in interactive small groups. Participants will engage in conversations regarding the difficulties facilitators experience in working with children who have complex trauma. Participants will also learn about Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) components that can be integrated into the Eagala Model when working with children and adolescents exhibiting attachment issues related to experienced trauma. Children who have endured complex traumas within their lives may also have related disorganized thinking patterns and significant attachment struggles with their caregivers. Participants will learn about the importance of incorporating caregivers into sessions and the symbolic meaning of their participation, processing SPUD’s with children, and the application of the Eagala Model while facilitating sessions between the child and caregiver.
Track E: UNIVERSITY/ SCHOOL APPLICATIONS & RESEARCHING THE MODEL Block 5: Friday, March 24 | 2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Utilizing Eagala to Help Internalize Skills Learned through the SPARCS Model: A Method of Group Therapy for Adolescents
Carrie Melear [Eliada Homes, NC]
Jane Rosseth, MA, LMFT [Eliada Homes, NC]
Lydia Bennett, MA, LPC [Eliada Homes, NC]
SPARCS (Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress) is a group model based on three empirically-validated interventions; Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Trauma Adaptive Recovery –Group Education and Therapy (TARGET); and School-Based Trauma/Grief Group Psychotherapy Program. These three models were adapted and integrated to address chronic stress and trauma for adolescents,and to cultivate awareness, cope more effectively in the moment, connect with others, and create meaning. Eagala can provide an experiential way for students to practice these skills with horses. Join us as we share examples of sessions, stories, videos and pictures of how we have used the Eagala model to enhance SPARCS.
Track A: FOUNDATIONS OF THE EAGALA MODEL Block 6: Friday, March 24 | 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Eagala Model Q&A for Equine Specialist Facilitators - Both New & Seasoned!
Ray Anschel [Acres For Life, MN]
Heather Jeffrey, CTC [Acres for Life, MN]
Lynn Moore, LADC [Acres for Life, MN]
This panel is designed for Equine Specialist (ES) and Mental Health (MH) practitioners as well as anyone wanting to get a better understanding of the role of the ES in an Eagala Model facilitation team. This panel is ideal for those newer to the Model as well as those who continue to have questions about what an ES does during sessions. Are you wondering about your responsibility as an ES? What is your role consists of during a session? How you manage your Apostrophe S’s? How do you become a better co-facilitator with both your horse partners and your MH partner? If you have these questions, and others, this Q & A is for you! This will be a participant-driven panel where you will have the opportunity to take an active role in asking questions and learning from others.
Track B: MILITARY Block 6: Friday, March 24 | 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Incorporating Creative Arts into your Eagala Model Program
Alix Sugarman, MA, LCAT ATR-BC [Alix Sugarman Art Therapy and Counseling Services, NY]
This session will define the profession of Creative Arts Therapy as set forth by Federal and State legislation. This session will also describe the parallels between the metaphoric process of art making and Eagala Model sessions. The presenters will discuss how art materials can be used in arena work, how to promote the ethical practice of art therapy, and will provide case studies from veteran families, couples, and individuals who participated in an Eagala Model programs and healing arts curriculum with the Lone Survivor Foundation.
Track C: BUILDING AND GROWING YOUR BUSINESS Block 6: Friday, March 24 | 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Pt. 1: Equine-Assisted Learning/Coaching -Distinctions & Demonstration APA, NCC | Pt. 2: Eight Mistakes I made Opening a Private Practice
Pt. 2: Susanne Currie, RPC [Amani Acres Limited, Canada]
Cheyenne Zierler [Amani Acres Limited, Canada]
Pt. 1:Eagala Model Equine-Assisted Learning/Coaching is defined as the practice of using horses as a learning/coaching tool in individual and group sessions, and is a non-traditional approach that has been growing in recognition and popularity. It is common to hear about programs incorporating the Eagala Model with therapy modalities like addictions, eating disorders, trauma, and personality disorders. However, the Eagala Model is still not widely recognized in the business sector.
To bring horses to the forefront of the business world in addition to the therapy world, this session will introduce participants to this approach and explore ideas on how to do so. This session will also highlight the distinction between therapy and coaching and discuss the importance of maintaining the integrity of the Eagala Model.
Pt. 2:We have all heard the saying, “Live and learn.” We make mistakes every day, large and small, through failures and faux pas. It is a constant challenge for many of us, to the point where we live and act in ways designed to prevent mistakes —avoiding things that represent risks, threats to our comfort zone, or stepping outside the boxes in which we hide. However, our mistakes and failures can also become teachable moments and allow us to grow. This session will describe the making of eight such valuable mistakes, and review how they were overcome. The session will provide resource materials and encourage participants to share their own experiences. The goal of this presentation is to normalize mistakes we all have made in growing our practices,or even perhaps learn which mistakes to avoid while embarking on new adventures.
Track D: THE EAGALA MODEL WITH DIFFERENT POPULATIONS Block 6: Friday, March 24 | 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Courageous Encounters with the Herd: Healing Extreme Trauma and Dissociation APA, NCC
Pia Jansen, MSW [Unbridled Coaching, CO]
Sharon Austin, Psy.D., [Private Practice, CO]
It is common for clinicians and clients alike to deny the existence of extreme trauma, including ritual abuse history and Dissociative Identity Disorder, including not recognizing it in sessions, to not want to work with it, or know what to do with it. In this session we bring the audience the story of a journey over four years in the making, with one client who experienced healing from extreme trauma with the powerful assistance of a herd of horses. It is a story of tremendous humility, courage,and pain. We will present highlights of this healing journey from all perspectives, including how a continuously present herd of seven equines provided the “storyboard” for the client’s work. We will weave in practical clinical guidelines and skills for other Eagala Model teams,based on our work with this client and others. Our victories, struggles, the hope, the growth,and the peace we experienced will be evident as we share.
Track E: UNIVERSITY/ SCHOOL APPLICATIONS & RESEARCHING THE MODEL Block 6: Friday, March 24 | 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Pt. 1: Integrating Alternative School Settings with an Eagala Model Program APA, NCC | Pt. 2: The First Year Experience Equine-Assisted Program for College Students APA, NCC
Pt. 1:Kathy Lindsey, MA, MS, LPC, CCTP [Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, KY]
Denise Spittler, BSW, MBA [Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, KY]
Pt. 2:Barbara Morgan, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT [Richard Bland College, VA]
Anna Allen [Richard Bland College, VA]
Allison Brown [Richard Bland College, VA]
Pt. 1: Providing services to schools can be an opportunity to expand programming and increase the use, hours, and productive capacity of your facility and staff. The focus of this session will be a discussion of the pros and cons of incorporating a public school into an Eagala Model mental health program, reflecting on five years of experience at The STABLES Alternative School program in Lexington, Kentucky. This presentation will share information on integrating Eagala Model equine-assisted learning and therapy with traditional school programming. Practitioners will consider the possibilities and the resources necessary to create an environment that provides at-risk students the opportunity to be successful, while at the same time making better use of their facilities and continuing to offer other established mental health services. Participants will discuss which students are best served by their Eagala Model program,and the unique needs and challenges of this population. There will also be an extensive presentation of curriculum options, directions, and the current resources available.
Pt. 2: Richard Bland College launched a pilot First Year Experience program serving first-year college students in Fall, 2016. The learning objectives — communication, curiosity. wellness, literacy, and leadership — were delivered by professors who engaged the students around a unique area of interest (e.g., art, ecology, social awareness, and equine-assisted learning.) This workshop will describe the equine-assisted module of the first-year experience program.
Q & A - A
Eagala Model Q&A for those new to Eagala
Lynn Moore | MA, LADC (Acres for Life, MN)
Sally Mixon | (Acres for Life, MN)
Anna Grimm | LMAFT (Acres for Life, MN)
Are you excited, overwhelmed, curious, or challenged in your learning of the Eagala Model after the first two days of the conference? Still have some burning questions? Join us for a panel discussion with Eagala members who have been successfully providing Eagala Model programming for many years. This session is ideal for those newer to the model who want to ask questions and get a better idea of:
Specific activity planning
The Eagala Model and its scope
Stories from the pasture
This workshop is not designed to be a business strategic planning session, but rather a sharing of the big picture of running a solid Eagala program. With the help of a moderator, participants will have opportunity to take an active role in asking the questions and learning from others!
Q & A - B
Eagala Mentor Program: What's in it for you?
Amanda Graham | MS, LPC, Eagala Mentoring Coordinator
The Eagala Mentoring program is an opportunity for Eagala Model practitioners to receive individual guidance and mentoring to help move their practice to the next level of excellence. Although the program has been in place for several years, there is a renewed interest in launching the mentor program in a more formal way to engage more interaction. This panel discussion will introduce the Mentor program –what it is and isn't –highlight the benefits of being mentored, offer stories from mentees about how the process has helped them, and invite questions and answers from experienced mentors to inspire participation in the program.
Q & A - C
Q&A with Eagala University Committee APA, NCC
Eagala University Committee
Michele Pickel Ph.D., | Chair
Are you interested in finding ways for your Eagala business to collaborate with your local college/university? Come meet members of Eagala’s University Committee and learn how they can help you. They will be sharing materials that Eagala program members can use to help with the development of courses in, or partnerships with, higher education institutions. This workshop will also teach participants who to contact at the college/university and role-play ways to share the message of what your program and the Eagala Model has to offer them. Members who currently teach the Eagala Model at a college/university, or collaborate with one, will share how they developed this relationship.
Q & A - D
Q&A with Eagala Military Task Force APA, NCC
Eagala Military Task Force
Halina Kowalski | MA, LPC, LMHC, NCC, Chair
Are you interested in using the Eagala Model to better serve those who served in our military? Have you been struggling to find ways for your Eagala business to collaborate with Veteran and Service Member organizations? Do you want to conduct research on the efficacy of the Eagala model with the military population but don’t know where to begin? Come meet members of Eagala’s Military Task Force Committee, where you will get an overview of who the committee is and how they can help you work with military populations and collaborate with your local military organizations. They will share information and insights into a variety of topics that Eagala members can use to better prepare themselves in providing the Eagala model to our nation’s finest. This workshop will include an overview of the Eagala Military Provider Designation and why cultural competence is a crucial prerequisite to working with this population. Members who currently practice the Eagala Model with military populations, or collaborate with one, will share how they developed this relationship. Additionally the topics of research in the VA, making Eagala an evidenced based practice, and models of collaboration for such work will also be addressed.
Q & A - E
Q&A Compliance and Insurance
Lisa Wheeler | MS Ed, PA-C (Director of Compliance and Insurance, Eagala, NC)
Patty Wilson Ph.D., | LPC, CI (Team Mayhem, NC)
The “other side” of your Eagala business, and one that you need to know and have in place! Learn the ins and outs of different types of insurance that make the business go ‘round, as well as recognizing important needs around compliance, regulations, paperwork, audits, and privacy laws and protections. Come with your insurance and compliance questions and learn from the experts, Lisa and Patty.
Q & A - F
Eagala Business Essentials Program
Michelle Black | MC, RCC (Eagala Pacific Regional Director, Australia)
Lynn Thomas | LCSW (Founder/CEO, Eagala, UT)
Can you have the successful Eagala practice you hope to have? Yes, you can! The key to it is knowing the important business essentials for establishing a sustainable business. Join us in this presentation, with Q&A time, to introduce the online Eagala Business Essentials course — the new Eagala resource designed to support you in establishing a successful, highly professional, and sustainable business. Learn about the content of the course, how the course looks and works, and the advantages it provides. Come with your challenges and questions about starting and developing your Eagala business.