Eagala’s Military Services Designation 


Eagala’s Military Services Designation raises the bar for equine-assisted psychotherapy for active military, reserves, veterans, and their families.  With the Eagala Model as the foundation, Courage Reins Eagala Military Services Providers are specially credentialed with a deep understanding of military culture and life.


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Why Eagala Military Services? 


UNIQUE QUALITIES OF HORSES SPEED EMOTIONAL BREAKTHROUGHS 

This is especially true for those suffering from PTSD.  That’s because these highly attuned animals offer safe reflection and compelling feedback for fears and anxieties military clients may be facing.  In the hands of a skilled treatment team, the horses’ unique sensitivity can help clients understand their own internal processes more readily than hours of talk therapy. 

 

HERD DYNAMIC CAN HELP CLIENTS UNDERSTAND THEIR OWN LIVES 

Observing the dynamics of a herd of horses can help clients better understand the dynamics of their own family, military unit and community and provide another positive model for fostering collaboration, support and trust.  The horses provide an emotionally safe way to work through and strengthen relationships in life – whether it is with others, the environment, beliefs, or themselves. 

 

FOSTER RESILIENCE IN TIMES OF HIGH STRESS 

The Eagala Military Services approach is based on experience and doing.  Treatment sessions re-create life experiences, including those involving frustrations, high stress and relationship problems.  This provides opportunities for service members and their families to re-discover their resources and strengths to overcome obstacles in a new context of civilian life after deployment and/or military service.  They can apply this experience and gain in-the-moment feedback from the horses. 

 

BREAK THROUGH BARRIERS TO CARE 

Clients experience activities with horses that remove much of the perceived stigma associated with traditional talk therapy treatment methods.  When treatment is about doing it’s more engaging, and engagement increased impact.  Data is showing that this population is more likely to start and complete treatment with this model with less dropout and recidivism than traditional talk therapies.  Military clients repeatedly report how quickly and deeply they get to the root of their issues and experience meaningful changes. 

 

FIND REAL WORLD SOLUTIONS TO THE TOUGHEST CHALLENGES 

Clients find their own solutions to the struggles in their lives.  Under the direction of an Eagala Military Services Treatment Team, clients build on their resilience and learn through self-discovery the changes they can make in order to be more successful in both military and civilian life.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy


QUALITY Courage Reins’ Eagala Military Services program is facilitated by Sage O’Brien, LCSW and LeAnne Franke, equine specialist, who have obtained their individual military designations and continue military focused continuing education every year.

CULTURAL COMPETENCE by completing mandatory military focused Eagala training and 30 hours of cultural training understanding military culture, customs, norms, traditions, values, language, and experiences. 

CLINICAL COMPETENCE by completing 30 hours of clinical training focused on understanding the unique clinical issues commonly faced by members of our armed forces and their families.  Examples include: post-traumatic stress, combat post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma, moral injury, grief, survivors guilt, substance abuse, post-deployment/reintegration and related family conflict. 

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE COMPETENCE Sage has completed over 100 supervised hours with military clients in clinical settings. 

CREDIBILITY Sage and LeAnne have each received professional recommendations from military personnel and/or military culturally competent professionals attesting to their work and experience with this population.


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Free Services For Active And Veteran Service Members


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Free Services For Active And Veteran Service Members

Courage Reins is excited to be able to offer 8 free individual, couples, or family equine assisted psychotherapy sessions to service members who meet inclusion criteria for services offered through Eagala’s VA Adaptive Sports Grant.   

Contact Sage O’Brien, LCSW at 801.734.5004 or sage@couragereins.org for more information. 


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