Approximately 10 per cent of modern-day war veterans will suffer from some form of mental health injury as a result of their service. Not all of those will suffer from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) some suffer adjustment disorder as they try to settle back to life away from the military. What is not in dispute is that society — and the Australian taxpayers pay out $166 million a year on veterans mental health programs — Many have little understanding of the issues faced by men and women sent to war in Australia’s name who return home carrying deep mental scars or haunted by the black dog of depression. The number of serving and former soldiers who have committed suicide is now more than triple Australia’s combat toll in Afghanistan.
The EAGALA Model works with the horse to gain insight into behaviors and perceptions. The horse’s reactions provide unbiased and real time feedback, breaking through the barriers that many military members experience in conversations with others who cannot begin to understand what service personal feel because they made it back. EAP provides a strategy for dealing with trauma in a way that makes sense to military service members. There is also evidence to be found in the Nero sciences and trauma processing theory to support this work.
“We have conducted a number of EAGALA EAP sessions focusing on coping resources, resilience and anger management. Across the board, veteran participants have said never have they found a group or individual session so life-changing, and that they have found hope. After the workshops, many reflect frequently on the experience and skills learned then take them into their daily lives” EAGALA CEO
“After just two sessions with the EAGALA program, a flood gate opened and I began to understand and write down the reasons behind my pent up, debilitating fears. For the first time in over 25 years I was able to sleep almost through the night and experienced a change from war nightmares to dreams processing older traumas. I can’t say that I am free and clear of everything, because every day is still a challenge, but it is a preferred path for the journey I am on,” stated Chante Wolf, U.S. Air Force 1980-92 Desert Shield / Storm 199.