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Self as therapist…Let’s ask the horses

horse Left to right: Ester Czovek (student), Rocky, Guy Orly (recent graduate), Jill Hardy (recent graduate), Malwina Grzadko (student), Laura Moya (student), Apollo, Debra Federico (recent graduate, not pictured here)

As summer session comes to an end, Southern Connecticut State University Marriage and Family Therapy students and graduates continue learning on their short semester break! The students and recent graduates spent a sunny, warm and compelling morning at Misty Meadow Farm in Durham, CT to experience the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy as a way of learning more about self as therapist.

The EAGALA Model provides a standard and structure for providing Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning sessions. Equine Assisted Horse Psychotherapy (EAP) incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning. It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals. Because of its intensity and effectiveness, it is considered a short-term, or "brief" solution focused approach.