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5th Edition July 2014

Contents Cover Photo from EAGALA training in Israel


Welcome from Newsletter Team Feedback from a client


Competitive Memory Training combined with EAP


EAGALA Training in the Netherlands


Slovenia Open Network Event Article & Photos


International Research Project Members


Funding Resource for UK


Equestrian Index – free listing for UK Members


UK Networking Group Weekend Event


Members Events



Welcome to our 5th Edition of the EAGALA EME Newsletter I hope you enjoy this latest edition of our newsletter. We have been experimenting with a new magazine format and hope you like it. We would like to thank all the members that have contributed to the content of this magazine from across Europe and the Middle East. We hope to get the 6th edition out at the end of Oct 2014, but this is subject to submission of articles. For this to happen the deadline to get articles to us is the 30th September 2014. Tell us about your program; funding tips; practice questions; trainings; advertise your EAGALA workshops and training events; networking events. Email to Unusually in the UK we are having a glorious summer with hardly any rain! It is amazing waking up each day to sunlight pouring in through the windows; I hope the sun is shining on you wherever you are. Felicia Lundgren, Network Group Coordinator for Sweden has decided to resign from our newsletter team. She produced the first four editions of this newsletter and made this possible. We would like to thank her so much for all her work and support. We will miss you but wish you all the best. This also means we now have a vacancy for a volunteer to join our team. We are looking for someone who has design skills to help us with the production of the magazine. Please contact Coral at Coral Harrison & Jo Anne Carlson EAGALA EME Newsletter Production Team

Feedback from a client on her experience of EAP “After a stint in hospital with severe depression, my life had become almost null and void …… medicated and anxious about everything; I saw no room for improvement. As was the norm I took part in some talking therapies, which always seem to have left me feeling much worse. Fortunately for me, my social worker recommended Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Almost 12 months on and I have gained so much; I’ve learnt to be far more aware, to recognise my own power, to be in tune with my feelings and emotions, and to be able to put in place techniques to avoid a meltdown. I’m still having grey days but hanging out with horses is definitely bringing more sunshine” Lorraine Ormand 24/04/2014


Competitive Memory Training combined with EAP A Dutch clinical psychologist Kees Korrelboom, has developed several different Competitive Memory Training Protocols (COMET), including one for negative self-image. In the last year we used it for several clients at Paardkrachtig and discovered it can easily be combined with EAP/EAL. The horses provide the perfect opportunity to practice the techniques of the protocol, making for a stronger and deeper effect. The protocol starts with defining the negative self-image. What do you think of yourself? What do you say to yourself? What would you call that kind of person? There is usually a sentence that dominates and triggers a negative spiral. The brain has learned to focus on the negative; it has a smoothly asphalted highway toward the negative interpretation and a very bumpy sand road towards the positive. After defining the negative self-image you let your client name positive qualities, and what better way to explore these than with the horses! The activity in itself does not matter. We typically let someone make contact with the horse, catch and halter them, lead a horse or just move the horse(s) forward. You can let the client name positive qualities of the horse or of him- or herself, actively allowing use of these qualities in any way they like, during the activity. For homework the client is asked to write stories about his or her positive qualities. For example, a story about how they used persistence with the horses or in any other situation. In the next session you help the client with adding details to their stories (which helps to bring up the positive feeling) and introduce the imagination exercise. About six times a day the client is invited to close his eyes and imagine a positive situation. We then ask them to focus on the positive feeling and to hold that feeling for a few seconds. If someone is unable to think of a situation from everyday life, an activity with the horses can be used. You can create positive situations with the horses to help the client recognize these situations. Sometimes we also take pictures of the activity for the imagination exercise. In the following sessions you add a new technique to the imagination exercise, one with each session. The first is adding positive self-talk i.e.’ I can do it’ or ‘ I can stay calm’. Then adding positive and/or a strong body posture, as changing how you stand or sit will make you feel different. The last technique uses music; a song that really makes the client feel good about him or herself. Again the clients are asked to practice these techniques in the imagination exercise at home. With the horses we focus on using the techniques separately as well as combined, with activities like letting a horse go backwards between poles, life’s little obstacles, round pen activities and any other activity that fits with the client. After a few sessions we also try to get the negative self-image to come up more. So the client can practice using the techniques to counter this negative spiral. Last month we had a girl whose negative self-image was mostly triggered by comments from other people. We let her take a horse through an obstacle course with the ES commenting on everything. The girl was able to stay positive. We took a picture for her and she took a lock of hair from the horse. She used this at school to help her remember. She returned to the next session with a big smile. She told us that before our sessions she knew that what she thought about herself was not true but could not stop; because of the techniques and especially because of the horses she now feels and believes that it isn't true.


Annelies Boers, Netherlands

EAGALA Network Group Open Meeting in Slovenia

It was a sunny Monday afternoon, the 19th of May when we held an EAGALA open meeting in Slovenia. It was 2010 when the EAGALA Part 2 training took place in central Slovenia and since then there have been no official EAGALA events in our country. For this meeting, we decided to have a three people EAGALA team: Ana Bordjan ES, Breda Sobočan MH and Neja Kutin, who is a horse person but not EAGALA certified; yet. As a team we were very excited with our ‘S already being activated before we went in the arena with the 35 people coming to our event. How did we notice the uncertainty within ourselves? Of course, we observed the horses acting very different from usual. We gathered in a circle, on hay bales, in front of the arena to meet the people. Our herd of 4 horses and one donkey went crazy; galloping, kicking, rolling and making a show for the visitors. The herd is used to a lot of people being on the ranch, but this time they obviously went with our nervousness and the feeling of the unknown. We looked at each other in the team and decided to change the plan for safety reasons - not to work on the pasture as first planed, but to make the first activity – horse observation from the arena. The herd slowly calmed down so we could take 2 horses in the arena to let the people experience glimpses of what the EAGALA model offers. Again, I was surprised by the behaviour of my own horse, a 10 year old Lipizzaner mare. In the arena she first went around the circle of people and passed by each person, stopping for a second or two next to each person. The stable owners say that my horse usually isn’t interested in people and rarely comes to greet them. Well, this time people felt it was the white horses' welcome gesture.


We then continued with 3 activities – the first volunteer pair were asked to bring a horse they felt most close to, towards the facilitators. People wanted to work on their intuition and dilemmas in life so we set up a task for a pair of volunteers. We asked them to go out with their dilemma; observe how horses are responding; then decide which horse represents each part of the dilemma and bring each horse within a square drawn on arenas floor. The white horse was called ''let it go'' by the pair and the black and white horse got the name ''direct it''. Through this activity we were able to get a glimpse of what horses and EAGALA is offering - the opportunity to really come into contact with ourselves. We wanted to let more people experience being close to a horse and being involved in an activity so we set up a ''wild river'' with obstacles as our next activity. We let people walk with the horses through the river without going in. To our surprise the activity went smoothly; volunteers that took part said that it felt like ‘a flow of life’. We concluded the meeting with a group activity of 12 volunteers. The activity was to build an obstacle and to get the white horse over the obstacle without touching the horse. It was a fun activity to finish with and again we discussed the role each person took in the group. It was interesting to see that some of the people wanted to set a high obstacle while other people chose an easier task ... and in the end they were all happy that the white horse followed them over the set obstacle. Again another ‘S - teaching the facilitation team to always expect the unexpected! It was an interesting experience for our team. I think we were able to let people feel and experience how horses can help us to be more in touch with ourselves. So, what are the next steps for EAGALA in Slovenia? We are planning to organise Part 1 and 2 trainings at the beginning of October 14 to further implement EAGALA into our practice and enable enthusiastic experts to get EAGALA. I would like to thank Coral Harrison, EAGALA EME Regional Coordinator, who supported me and the team to organise this event. And thank you loads to all EAGALA, Mickey, Lynn, Kara, Jeff!!


Ana Bordjan EAGALA Slovenia Network Group Coordinator


I am delighted to let you know that we now have a research programme that all EAGALA model programs can use with their clients. This exciting project was developed by Ruth Billany CPsychol AFBPsS, Charles Darwin University in Australia. As I am a bit of a research novice I thought the best way to learn was to do it! I registered my EAGALA program with Ruth and have started using the system with clients. Here is a brief outline of the project:Scales of Psychological Wellbeing (SPWB) For the project a specific measure is recommended, the six Scales of Psychological Wellbeing (SPWB) and you may choose to include it. An online survey has been developed to collect pre-to-post data for both the Short Form (SPWB-SF18), which has 18 questions or the Medium Form (SPWB-MF54) with 54 questions. A clinical and research decision has been made to use the SPWB-MF54. However, you can decide to use either the SPWB-SF18 or the SPWB-MF54. Either way the client needs to complete the online survey a) prior to their first EAP session, and b) after their last EAP session (pre-to-post survey) If you have internet connection at your venue this is easy to do with your client. The forms can also be printed, if like me, you don’t have computer access at the equine facilities. You will need to allow additional time to impute the data online following the session. The researchers will collate data for various age cohorts and presenting issues across all registered EAGALA program sites. Comparative pre-to-post-test measures will be analysed to determine the effectiveness of EAP. Registered programs will be informed of the outcomes.


There are a number of different outcome scales you can use (listed below). Access to these is not provided by the project. Measures: A list of current reliable and valid measures used at EAGALA EAP program sites include:  Adolescent Coping Scale (ACS)  Child Behaviour Checklist (CBC)  Conners 3  Youth Self Report (YSR)  Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (DASS)  Kessler Psychological Stress Scale 10 (K10)  Post Trauma Checklist (PCL)  Rosenberg’s Self Esteem Scale (10 item)  Teacher report Form (TRF)  Youth Self Report (YSR)  Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (SWEMWBS)  Other (Please inform Ruth Billany at to add to list) If you choose to include the SPWB as a pre-to-post-test measure, your client input will be assessed and you will be provided with client total score of the SPWB and the sum of each of the six scales (Autonomy, Environmental Mastery, Personal Growth, Positive Relations With Others, Purpose In Life, and Self-Acceptance). Criteria for registration Both the MHP & ES facilitating the sessions need to be EAGALA Certified. To register your programme contact Ruth Please Note: The research is in English. Ruth is unable to provide translation services for this unfunded research. However, she is happy to work with EAGALA programs that are in a position to translate informed consent information for their clients; collect and process pre- post-test measures of any scales/measures/tools in another language. Please support this project if possible as the data collection will allow a larger sample. Providing valuable evidence for EAP which is more likely to be sourced and supported by organisations and funding bodies. Coral Harrison EAGALA EME Regional Coordinator M:+44 (0)7766706066


UK Funding Information from Clinks Light Lunch | Issue 346 | 6th June 2014

John Daniels from Equus Solutions in Cornwall, UK shared details of a useful organisation that provides information on a range of funding issues. See below for excerpts from Click’s weekly newsletter. Membership starts from £35 pa. Thank you John for passing on this information. 

CLINKS NEWS: new project on criminal justice volunteering

CLINKS REQUEST: Have you received great consultancy support?

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: update on the new prison in North Wales

COMMISSIONING: upcoming contracts in London

FUNDING: implementing the Social Value Act

FUNDING: increasing employment in the North West

FUNDING: increasing employment in Yorkshire and the Humber

FUNDING: to support older people in Manchester

CLINKS MEMBER'S EVENT: older people with criminal convictions

CLINKS MEMBER'S EVENT: resilience in the CJS

CLINKS MEMBER'S EVENT: for homelessness charities

CLINKS MEMBER'S EVENT: Circles of Support & Accountability in the South West


PUBLICATION: protecting the children of prisoners

PUBLICATION: effective liaison and diversion services

PUBLICATION: privatising the prison service

PUBLICATION: reforms to community sentencing

OPPORTUNITY: contribute to a restorative justice book

CONSULTATION: Sentencing Council theft offences guideline



EXTRA INFORMATION Get involved Become a Member | Follow Clinks on Twitter | Join Mailing List Contact Us | | 0207 248 3538


EAGALA & Equestrian Index work together to support members Free Directory Listing for UK & Ireland Members Amanda Watson BSc (Hons) Managing Director Having been involved in the equine industry for the majority of my working life it became clear to me that a single, comprehensive point of reference for consumers at all levels encompassing relevant information on both products and services across the industry was not available. Whilst all those involved in the industry have an unshakeable passion for it, the array of disciplines, breeds, careers, routes to qualifications, affiliations, accreditations and levels of involvement has inevitably lead to a splintered approach to information management. Watsons Directories was formed with the aim of bringing an effective procurement solution to the industry. The Equestrian Index is an accurate, definitive, industry specific, web based directory designed to bridge the information gap between consumers and suppliers in the market. Our aim and commitment is to produce an Index of information for the industry that is truly comprehensive, up to date, relevant and useful. The Index offers invaluable information for consumers and an effective and economically viable route to market for industry product and service providers. We went live with The Index in September 2012 and we continue to grow and support the database of over 15 500 equestrian business listings on a daily basis. We are in on-going conversation with Disciplines, Associations & Professional Equine bodies to ensure where relevant, the information we promote to the end user is of the highest quality. We are delighted to work with EAGALA to include basic business listings for accredited practitioners across the UK and Eire under the heading for Equine Assisted Learning & Therapy. By including your details we can be confident that our end users have the most comprehensive information available when they are trying to source help in this area and we can ensure EAGALA and its professional practitioners have the opportunity to be visible to this dedicated audience year round. The Index has a strong and passionate team of individuals working on it, many of whom have Specialist Directory management skills and experience gained with one of the world’s leading business information providers. We understand that ‘directory’ formats are often dismissed, largely due to being misunderstood and more often than not because they are badly represented with poor quality, inaccurate products. The Equestrian Index will break this mould. Our dedicated team will work across the year contacting every single entry and/or representative body to ensure that the information we provide to the consumer is as accurate and relevant as is possible at point of publication. We will build relationships with providers to ensure that they are getting the best possible result from the audience of over 100 000 equestrians that we put them in front of.



UK Networking Two-Day Event Saturday 27th Sept 1pm-5pm Cost £10 Life Changing Therapy Model Straight From The Horse’s Mouth! Places limited to 50. Experienced professionals using this approach in the UK will be facilitating this workshop. There will be opportunities to ask questions, watch live demonstrations using the model; find out more about EAGALA training & certification program and network with other professionals. This event is open to the public so bring your friends, colleagues and families to find out more. Workshops include ‘Introduction to the EAGALA Model’ facilitated by Cumbria & Scottish Networking Groups; ‘Why Horses’ facilitated by Jo Moss of Horse Thinking & Dom Atkinson from Seren Arabians; and ‘Have you herd? Play Therapy with Equines’ Tracie Faa Thompson & Rise Van Fleet. EAGALA sets the standards of professional excellence in how horses and humans work together to improve the quality of life and the emotional wellbeing of individuals, families and group worldwide.

Sunday 28th September 2014 Advanced Skills Workshop with Lynn Thomas 11am – 5pm Cost £35 Places limited to 50 Open to EAGALA Members. Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn from the expertise of our EAGALA founder and director Lynn Thomas. Building on the skills you learnt at the Part 2 trainings. Develop your ability in using Spuds observation framework, metaphors, adding further depth to your verbal and non-verbal interventions with clients. Reconnect with people on your trainings; promote your EAGALA program; network and have fun. Payment for these events can be made through PayPal. There are no refunds available. Entry is by ticket only. Please note that tickets for 28th Sept Advanced Skills Workshop are by invitation only. Contact Coral Harrison EAGALA EME Regional Coordinator Refreshments will be provided on both days. Lunch is provided on the Sunday. Parking is available on site. The event takes place at Derby Equestrian Centre in an indoor equine arena. Seating will be in the arena behind barriers. The workshop involves activities on the ground with horses, there is no riding involved. Please wear suitable footwear.

Cute photo of Lynn’s dog? He likes British crisps especially with added garlic! Interesting tastes!


Members Events Sunday 7th Sept 2014 Healing Trauma the Equine Way 10am – 5pm High House Centre, Staveley, Kendal UK

EAGALA Approved Workshop - 6 hours of CE

Gain an understanding of psychological trauma; the effects of trauma on the brain & bodies of traumatised people; experience how Equine Assisted Psychotherapy provides a powerful symbolic narrative through metaphor and experience; and how those new experiences support trauma resolution. Team: MHP Coral Harrison PTSTA, EAGALA Advanced Certified & ES Dr Stuart McNab PhD, CPsychol, EAGALA Certified Places limited to 10 book now www.changeways/events

21st Aug 2014 Working with PTSD in Adults & Children 9am – 5pm Turn About Pegasus, Hetton Steads, Lowick, Berwick upon Tweed. TD15 2UL, UK

Facilitation Team: Ilka Parent –Minds-n-Motion & Tracie Faa-Thompson –Turn About Pegasus The workshop will cover different ways of working with our equine partners to assist adult and child clients with symptoms of PTSD. Recognizing that a one size does not fit all and that as practitioners we need to be flexible in our approach to working with different client groups to fit their needs. The day will be experiential, fun, exciting and informative and will enable participants to think about how to incorporate different ideas into their ‘toolkit’ to assist their clients toward deeper healing. Cost £100 pp or 10% discount if you are coming with a team member. Contact –Tracie at or 077200 49585


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