FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

- Does Equine Assisted or Facilitated Learning Therapy apply to me?

We all experience, at some time in our lives, situations that may cause us to experience stress, trauma, depression and anxiety, due to any number of causes including family issues, addiction, PTSD, anger management, postnatal depression, or perhaps conditions like ASD Autistic Spectrum Disorder, ADD Attention Deficit Disorders and other developmental or psychological conditions may impact on a family. 
​When this happens it is good to know that we all share and cope with life’s problems differently and that people can benefit from seeking help to manage their responses and get things back on the right track again.

- What kind of therapy is EAL/EAP/EFL?

EAL (Equine Assisted Learning), EAP (Equine Assisted Programs) and EFL  (Equine Facilitated Learning) are  NON Riding experiential/cognitive animal therapy programs using the horse to help reflect feelings and emotions. 

- Who will facilitate the program?

The EAL/EAP/EFL programs are facilitated by a qualified team consisting of one or more horses, one or two EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth & Learning Association) members and/or a medical  professional who all work with the participants towards achieving the desired outcome.

- How long does a program go for? What is the time-frame?

EAL can be a one-off session, however an average of about 6-8 weekly sessions is more usual.

- Are the programs supported by NDIS?

Yes! If you are eligible for funding by the NDIS we can help you arrange the necessary paperwork.

- Can I get help from Medicare?

Yes! Medicare will take over a portion or the complete fee if you are referred to the program by a medical professional (GP, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, etc.)

- What happens during the program?

Like always, the content of the program will be fully customised to the individual and the desired outcome. It can start with just observing the horses interacting with each other in their paddock. When the participant is ready, a closer connection with the horse will be encouraged in order to establish a pathway that initiates communication and interactions towards the the determined goal.

- How do the facilitators know what is happening?

Body language and direct physical experience of doing (posture, movement, eye contact) all play an important role in the process of observation due to the horse’s immediate response to the participants emotions and behaviour. The horse is like a mirror,  providing feedback that helps the facilitator team to identify or recognise issues so that they can be managed. 

- How does identifying or recognising issues help me move forward?

Identifying or recognising a problem lets people better understand what to do about it. By knowing what drives us, our self awareness is improved and we can feel more empowered.

The positive and non-judgemental recognition that there is a resolution and steps that can be taken towards it results in better self-esteem, which leads to  pathways for positive change.

- What are possible outcomes of participating in an EAL/EAP/EFL program?

​Interaction with horses may help people become more self aware. Becoming aware of both strengths and weaknesses develops understanding that can help initiate change in attitude and confidence, and influence clearer decision making and better choices.
It can also lead to changes in how things are perceived and how one then applies this knowledge for personal development or interaction with others. 

- What makes those programs so beneficial?

Experiential learning or ‘learning through experience ‘ or experience assisted learning (EAL) is a fundamental ’cause and effect’ method to help people understand what is happening and why.  
EAL/EAP/EFL programs stimulate re-actions or responses as a result of an action and with the help of horses -who mirror our emotions in a time-sensitive manner –  help us to better understand ourselves, our triggers, as well as our abilities and strengths.

- Do you offer Group Sessions?

Yes!

We can arrange group sessions for

  • Youth Support, Scools, Service Provider Organisations
  • Corporate and Business 
    • Professional development group challenges
    • Team bonding
    • Personal Development

- I prefer individual assistant. Can I come by myself?

Yes!

EAL/EAP programs are flexible and can be offered individually, for families or for small to medium groups. You may work with one or more horses, depending on your needs.

- I have a question that has not been addressed. What is the best way to get an answer?

The best way to get all your questions answered is by getting in touch 

by phone

Call our office on
07 5447 0450
or mobile
0414 830 383

via email

info@horsesandhumans.com.au

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