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Eagala Continues it’s Dedication to Research

by | Aug 31, 2020 | Eagala News, Therapy With Horses

This year Eagala was proud to be invited to present at the 2020 American Psychological Association (APA) Virtual Conference that took place on Aug 6-8.  

APA is the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with more than 121,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants, and students as its members.

Eagala was represented in the poster session under Division 32: Society of Humanistic Psychology. 

Eagala’s presentations included: 

  • Eagala Model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (by Eagala’s Research Committee, listed under Angela Sherman, Ph.D.), and 
  • The Treatment Integrity Measure – Eagala (TIM-E) (by Erica Gergley, Ph.D.). 

Eagala is committed to building on our body of evidence-based, peer-reviewed research measuring the benefits of psychotherapy incorporating horses through the Eagala Model with different populations and a range of mental health issues.  With 20 years in the industry creating life-changing outcomes, the Eagala Model is tested and subject to ongoing study and development.  Data-driven solutions are critical in innovating valuable ways to treat mental health issues. 

Eagala’s Research Committee: 

  • Angela Sherman, PhD
  • Angie Fournier, PhD
  • Erica Gergely, PhD
  • Anastasia Georgiades, PhD
  • Noreen Esposito, Edd, PMHNP-BC, FAANP
  • Michelle Garner, PhD, LICSW

Watch the 12+ minute presentation here. 

Eagala Model Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy

Angela Sherman, PhD; Angie Fournier, PhD; Erica Gergely, PhD; Anastasia Georgiades, PhD; Noreen Esposito, EdD, PMHNP-BC, FAANP; Michelle Garner, PhD, LICSW

Abstract: Incorporating horses into clinical interventions is a burgeoning field. With growing interest in a largely unregulated field, it is important to distinguish equine-assisted intervention frameworks that offer organized and thorough training processes incorporating accountability of practitioners and standards of service. The Eagala Model offers a training and certification program for mental health practitioners and equine specialists. 

Drawing upon clinical principles such as projection, transference, and counter-transference, this modality allows clients to explore a representation of their interpersonal dynamics, world-views, and interpersonal styles through interaction with horses. 

This poster presentation will provide an overview of the Eagala Model framework, outline the certifying procedures, and review research on the model to date. Key areas of inquiry for future research, as well as challenges and opportunities for practitioners, will be discussed.  

Eagala Treatment Integrity Measure (ETIM)

Erica Jex Gergely, Ph.D., LP

Abstract: Not unlike traditional psychotherapy, there are numerous variations of clinical intervention that incorporate horses into their therapeutic methodology. While some conceptual or procedural similarities across models may exist, it is important to identify each treatments unique therapy processes, treatment activities, and core constructs in order to understand and harness factors that influence outcome. The Eagala model of equine assisted therapy draws on diverse postmodern theories to inform its processes and practices. A treatment integrity measure has been developed for the Eagala model and serves to help differentiate this approach from others that incorporate horses, as well as to help assess the areas of adherence and competence. The Eagala Treatment Integrity Measure (ETIM) yields behavioral counts and global summary scores that allow the evaluation of treatment fidelity to the Eagala model in research studies and clinical trials and for clinical training and supervision purposes. With appropriate attention to its limits, it can also be used as a coaching tool and for self-evaluation of Eagala practice.

** Please note – this measure is in the development phase and will be available to Eagala members when it’s ready!**

We were proud to represent Eagala at the APA!

Note: the APA conference is available virtually “on-demand” through August 2021. Check it out if you are interested in the material!.

Watch our 12+ minute presentation here. 

But before you go, check out this awesome poster!