Whiteford stable to offer equine assisted psychotherapy training

Stable Options LLC will be hosting a part-one certification training in the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association Model of EAP and EAL at Hunting Ground Farm, 2002 Whiteford Road, Whiteford, from Oct. 10 to 12. Stable Options is owned by Michelle Sayre, LCSW-C and EAGALA certified mental health provider.

Equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP ) is a growing experiential modality which incorporates horses for emotional growth and learning. Each session is a collaborative effort facilitated by a mental health professional and equine specialist. Participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses and then processing thoughts, beliefs, behaviors and patterns. Unlike therapeutic riding, EAGALA model sessions are non-mounted. They are additionally solution-focused and are based on a code of ethics.

Certification involves completion of Fundamentals of EAGALA Model Practice Part 1 and Part 2 trainings: Part 1 provides the foundation for practicing this work and Part 2 provides the opportunity to apply this work in various scenarios. Completion of these trainings will provide the attendee with the tools necessary to effectively incorporate horses experientially in mental health treatment and other human development and learning areas. See http://eagala.org/Certification_Program.

Stable Options LLC provides individual as well as group equine assisted psychotherapy to a diverse population, including children and adolescents in the foster care system. Equine assisted learning for those experiencing divorce and separation as well as EAL groups for anger management and adolescent girls are also offered. Group and individual EAP and EAL services have also been provided to homeless women and children in Harford County. For more information on Stable Options LLC and services provided visit http://www.stableoptions.com.

"EAGALA is growing worldwide primarily because of the power of the model in working with clients. The trainings are invaluable. Mental health professionals, equine specialists and other dedicated individuals who become certified are guaranteed the highest standard of practice and the support of an international organization and all its resources. Certification ensures credibility to both clients and funding sources both of which are critical for an organization's growth," states Lynn Thomas, LCSW, founder and executive director of EAGALA. "Professionals are able to take what is learned in the certification program and apply it to a range of clients and needs, including trauma, grief, addictions, eating disorders, ADHD, autism, depression, relationship issues, leadership and teamwork."

EAGALA is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization developed to address the need for resources, education and professionalism in the fields of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning. The association has set the standard for professional excellence in how horses and humans work together to improve the quality of life and mental health of individuals, families and groups worldwide. In partnership with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF), EAGALA provides an opportunity for a second career for horses retired from racing. EAGALA has more than 3,500 members in 38 countries and continues to grow. For more information on EAGALA go to http://www.eagala.org.

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