The EAGALA Model
The EAGALA Model
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The EAGALA Model

The EAGALA Model

The EAGALA Model provides a standard and structure for providing Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning sessions.  Practicing within a model establishes a foundation of key values and beliefs, and provides a basis of good practice and professionalism.  The EAGALA Model provides a framework of practice, but within that framework, there are infinite opportunities for creativity and adaptability to various therapeutic and facilitating styles.       

The EAGALA Model

  • The Team Approach – An Equine Specialist, a Mental Health professional, and horses work together with clients in all EAGALA sessions.
  • Focus on the ground – No horseback riding is involved. Instead, effective and deliberate techniques are utilized where the horses are metaphors in specific ground-based experiences.
  • Solution-Oriented – The basis of the EAGALA Model is a belief that all clients have the best solutions for themselves when given the opportunity to discover them.  Rather than instructing or directing solutions, we allow our clients to experiment, problem-solve, take risks, employ creativity, and find their own solutions that work best for them.
  • Code of Ethics - EAGALA has high standards of practice and ethics and an ethics committee and protocol for upholding these standards, ensuring best practices and the highest level of care.

The EAGALA Team

  • The Horse:  Horses have many characteristics which lend them to being effective agents of change, including honesty, awareness, and ability with nonverbal communication.  The role of the horses in an EAGALA session is to be themselves.
  • The Equine Specialist (ES):  The ES chooses the horses to be used in sessions, works with the MH to structure sessions, keeps an equine log to document horse behaviors in sessions, stays aware of safety and welfare of clients, horses, and team, and makes observations of horse SPUD’s (an EAGALA-developed observation framework taught in the certification training program) which can bring in potential metaphors.
  • The Mental Health Professional (MH):  The MH is responsible for treatment planning, documentation of clients, and ensuring ethical practice.  The MH builds on the ES’s horse observations, bringing in the metaphoric and therapeutic/learning relevance of the session.
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Why Groundworks?

Experience –

Michelle Murphy, LCSW -Eagala Certified Therapist. Experience in genetics and biology began with an undergraduate degree in Genetics from the University of Utah for Michelle, Michelle Murphy, LCSW, has always had a natural curiosity for medical science. After doing research for 8 years, her path shifted to psychology when she discovered the powerful correlation between the health of the body, mind, and spirit. Michelle graduated in 2005 with a Masters of Social Work from the University of Utah. Her unique background in science and psychology has created an opportunity for her clients to understand their physical body and emotional well being in aiding clients to overcome difficulties. She thrives when reaching out to clients who have not experienced success with other treatments, or who are especially resistant to change. Michelle loves watching her clients experience positive change. “I get really excited watching people get what they want out of life.” She explains, “I love being part of the vehicle of transformation. It is almost like going to a big movie premier. I get to see the growth before everyone else sees it.”She also understands the importance of relationships. “The biggest part of therapy is the connectedness between the therapist and the client. If there is no connection, there is not going to be a lot of change.”

Cowboy Jim - Eagala Certified Horse Professional.

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Serving these Zip Codes in Utah
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Serving these Cities in Utah
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