The HSU Office of Counseling Services is pleased to be able to provide a unique counseling service to our students, the Equine Assisted Counseling and Learning program. This approach utilizes the experiential encounters with horses providing a framework of metaphors and interactions applicable to the issues, goals and/or objectives of the participant(s). This approach is 100% on the ground, with no horseback riding involved.
The EAGALA model (eagala.org) is offered with two distinct options; Equine‐Assisted Counseling (EAC) and Equine‐Assisted Learning (EAL).
EAC is an experiential, collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional working with the participant(s) and horse to address treatment goals. Because of its intensity and effectiveness, it is considered a short‐term, or “brief” approach. Participants learn about themselves and others through activities with the horses followed by processing feelings, behaviors, and patterns with the therapist. This approach has been compared to the ropes courses used by therapists, treatment facilities, and human development courses around the world.
EAL is similar to EAC but the focus is on learning or educational goals, and is often performed in a group setting.
Contact the Counseling Services office for more information on getting involved.