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Two Opportunities to Participate in Research

by | Dec 1, 2020 | Eagala News, Therapy With Horses

Eagala continues to value the importance of research and is committed to help building research in the field.
Below are two recent requests for dissertation research participation. Please review the research requests and contribute your expertise if you can.

The first request is from Valerie Hoermann, PA-C, currently a student in the Doctor of Medical Science Program at Lincoln Memorial University and is seeking feedback from practitioners working with veterans.

The deadline is December 14, 2020.

“As an important component of earning that degree, I am conducting a study focused on gathering and analyzing certified Eagala practitioners’ use of, and their observations of, the efficacy of including equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) while treating veterans who suffer from PTSD. You are receiving this email because of your experience with Eagala.  

My experience as a veteran and because working with my horses after deployment helped me, I am highly motivated to pursue this form of psychotherapy. I would like to learn from you and other licensed mental health practitioners who use equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP), about (a) the techniques you incorporate into EAP in treating veterans who have PTSD and (b) your assessment of the effectiveness of the different techniques you use. 

As a participant, your only obligation would be to complete a short online survey. Everyone who participates will have done so voluntarily and anonymously. That is, I will not be collecting any information that I or anyone else can use to identify who completed the survey or which responses belong to which participant. If you are among those who do participate, I will pool your answers in a larger collection of data.  The pooled data will be analyzed as part of my study and the results of which I hope to publish and present at regional and national conferences. 

Lincoln Memorial University officials, including the Institutional Review Board (IRB), have approved this study.  Given the increasing use of EAP and the prevalence of PTSD among U.S. veterans, I hope you will see the importance of this study and your contribution to it.”

If you have questions please feel free to contact me, 


615-617-7116 cell

Follow this link to the Survey: Take the Survey

Or copy and paste this URL into your internet browser:  https://bit.ly/3llq3iP  



The second request is from Ginger Hayes, a doctoral candidate at Capella University’s Counselor Education and Supervision program who is proposing a research study in which she is looking for potential participants of counseling supervisors who use equine assisted activities in supervision. 

“I will be asking the supervisors to tell me about their experiences teaching their supervisees congruent nonverbal communication.

The purpose of this study is to discover the experiences supervisors have in teaching supervisees congruent nonverbal communication through the platform of equine assisted activities in supervision.

Each potential participant will receive a screening call to determine eligibility.

Interviews will be done through Zoom where audio will be recorded so that data can be coded for a qualitative study.

Minimal time is required for each participant with the length of interview approximately an hour in length. Commitment of the participant is to provide information through the Zoom platform in which only audio will be recorded for coding purposes. All personal information will be redacted, and identities concealed and coded. The entire project may take as long as two years to complete.

Persons who meet inclusion/exclusion criteria may become a part of the research.

My invitation to participate is to counseling supervisors who:

  • Have five years experience in the field
  • Have two years supervision experience
  • Have supervision credentials from their state governing body
  • Use equine assisted activities in supervision
  • Rural and urban supervisors using equine assisted activities in supervision
  • Belong to a professional organization that uses ethical standards in practice

My invitation excludes counseling supervisors who:

  • Do not use equines as part of your supervision sessions
  • Are under any disciplinary procedures from a licensing board
  • There is a conflict of interest because the researcher has a personal or a current working relationship with you.
  • You agree to participate but do not have the skills for internet conferencing.


I will take potential participants through the process of inclusion/exclusion and the Informed Consent on a phone call. If everything is in order, I will set up a time for an interview. Most potential participants will live outside of my driving distance. Because of that I have set up Zoom to hold interviews. The interviews will be only audio recorded even though participants will watch the video. The interview will take approximately 60 minutes. 

After that, all interviews go through a coding process and the results written up in a dissertation. That may take a couple of years to complete. However, all interviews will be securely kept under lock and key and or on the encrypted HIPPA compliant space provided by Zoom. No personal information is kept.

Potential participants sign up and participants stay in touch throughout the project by emailing me at:


Or call me at:  479-633-2847

Thank you for your interest in this study and in helping me find the persons I need for my study.


Ginger Hayes, Doctoral Candidate Counselor Education and Supervision, Capella University” 



Thank you Eagala Members for your consideration to help these students!