Equi-Fit: Health and Wellness through Horses by Ann O'Brien, M.S., N.C.S.C., and Laura Kinsey
A 16 week EAGALA Model equine assisted psychotherapy group program for teen obesity and weight issues, and its corresponding physical, medical, social and emotional issues.
Because this program can benefit clients with a variety of identified diagnoses and emotional needs, professionals may find it useful as a guide to assist a diverse population of all ages regarding physical/social/emotional wellness.
The program objectives for each week:
Develop and explore self-awareness of what safety means and feels like during the introduction to a new environment.
Decrease negative emotions associated with physical assessments.
Students will recognize factors causing weight issues and will set goals towards achieving a healthier lifestyle.
Accept genetic body build and increase self-confidence of body image.
Increase self-awareness by becoming more confident identifying feelings.
Communicate needs based on our feelings in order to create a healthy self in relationships
Strengthen assertiveness skills by learning to communicate one’s needs clearly.
Learn to work through stressful situations using positive coping skills.
Practice making healthy choices while creating a physically active lifestyle.
Learn how to make more productive choices by identifying treasures and temptations.
Explore emotional control while getting rid of the “junk” that gets in the way of accomplishing goals.
Learn to connect with and trust others by using true feelings and thoughts.
Practice healthy social interaction with peers and family by establishing appropriate boundaries.
Explore what the student’s community looks like and build the connections that bring people together.
Identify transition tools in order to create a transition plan for a healthy lifestyle at home.
Reflect on closure and transitioning to leaving program/arriving home.