ANAM CARA STABLES - Horses Healing the Human Soul

Horses Healing the Human Soul

La Porte, IN   |  www.AnamCaraStables.org

Mission

Anam Cara Stables provides a safe and healing place that gives people the freedom to be authentic and present, and discover their own solutions utilizing equine assisted psychotherapy and other healing modalities.

Anam Cara Stables, Inc., a non-profit corporation, shall exist for the purpose to educate, enhance, and encourage the mental, physical, and spiritual health of clients and communities suffering from trauma; and to promote social welfare for the betterment of the community and the individuals who have experienced the effects of trauma. This is accomplished by implementing the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning evidence-based practice model and other healing modalities.

Ruling year info

2017

Founder & Director

Stacey Rene Garcelon

Co-Founder & Equine Specialist

Sandy Cogswell

Main address

Anam Cara Stables - Equine Assisted Psychotherapy 4298 E 1000 North

La Porte, IN 46350 USA

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EIN

81-3119019

NTEE code info

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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People are hurting: in our country, in our community, in our homes. There is a cyclical and generational effect of this pain. Hurt people hurt people. Our communities and our families need healing, and they are seeking it and longing for it. One transformative, experiential, and powerfully effective model is the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) Model and it has just recently become available in the Michiana area at Anam Cara Stables. Whether it is healing from trauma, or experiencing personal growth or school success, Anam Cara and it's treatment team of mental health professionals, equine specialists, and horses are now available to provide the opportunity for self-discovery and experiential healing.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Equine Assisted Growth & Learning

Programs at Anam Cara Stables are individually tailored to provide services for individuals, groups, families, teams and corporations. Certified equine specialists and licensed mental health professionals partner in therapy teams to provide our services. Services range from enhancing school success, to team building to mental health services. Our pastures and a beautiful country setting make Anam Cara Stables the ideal environment for a journey of self-discovery and healing.

Population(s) Served

Anam Cara Stables, Inc. offers an exciting program for children ages 6-12: Horse-Powered Reading. The program partners horses with students to experience reading with their entire minds and bodies. Using metaphors for reading skills paired with horse-powered obstacles, students build motivation to read and grow their self-confidence in reading abilities.

The ultimate goal of the program is to help students at all levels become more intrinsically motivated learners. The program was developed by Michele Pickel, PhD and utilizes internationally recognized EAGALA Model Equine Assisted Learning (EAL.) Students are supervised by an EAGALA certified team including an Equine Specialist. There is no riding involved.

How do horses help teach reading? With EAGALA Model EAL students see and experience reading with their entire mind and body by creating metaphors for the skills involved in reading. Horses become the reading material or book students need to connect with. Without finding and making some connection with the text, it is easy to drift away from or lose interest in a book. By experiencing how it feels when a book or text is too hard or too easy, students learn to choose a “just right” book. Seeing what tools are used to connect with the book (horse) and how that connection is made, allows facilitators and teachers to use clean questioning to help students discover the importance of connecting and explore better ways to do it through the metaphor.

In a Horse Powered Reading session, reading problems may be made visible by labeling obstacles that get in the way of understanding. Clients create a “Reading River” (obstacle course) that must be navigated with their chosen reading material (horse). Often while reading, readers don’t even know when they have drifted away and no longer understand what the text is talking about. However, in the Reading River it becomes obvious! When an obstacle is met, the reader is forced to stop or move out of the river with their text. “Fix-up strategies” must be explored and used in order to get back in the flow of reading. Facilitators can then ask, “What just happened?” and “How might that look when you are reading?” Perhaps the reader was forced to move out of the river and circle back for a ‘running start’ to get over an obstacle, much like you might need a running start to re-read a paragraph to get the meaning. Maybe the obstacle forced them to take a different route, such as looking at another chapter to figure out what is going on in this paragraph; or to get help by asking another person; or to use another tool such as a dictionary.

Population(s) Served

Through the EAGALA model, the incredible power of the horse is able to open hearts, give clear, relevant, truthful feedback to actions and attitudes, and give unconditional acceptance in the presence of emotional congruence, on the inside and the outside. It is an incredible opportunity to experience emotional growth, learning, and change. Children frequently experience rejection when some aspects of their "core being" are expressed. They quickly learn that in order to obtain approval or acceptance, they must suppress parts of themselves. When they are unable to have a voice, emotional congruence and authenticity suffer and the search for discovery and expression of the real self is lost.

Horses by their very nature as prey animals, must be able to detect intent in their environment. Therefore, when people work with horses, and try to act they way they think they "should", the lack of emotional congruence is obvious to the horse and they respond accordingly. When the insides and outsides of a person match, the horses relax and are much more cooperative. This is often the first time a person experiences acceptance for true emotional congruence and authenticity. (Tramutt, Jacy. Opening the Gate: Cultivating Self-Awareness and Self Acceptance through Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy p.12)

Power Tools for Living focuses on the emotional constructs for personal success: Respect, Responsibility, Relationship Skills, Boundaries, Empathy, Choices and Consequences. The presence of the horse and the content of the constructs brings out and deepens the strengths of the emotionally healthy and soothes and heals the needs of those with emotional wounds or scars.

Population(s) Served

A six-week trauma-informed, equine-assisted learning group for individuals interested in understanding how past trauma and substance use often go hand-in-hand. Why Horses? Horses aren’t impressed with recovery talk or good intentions. They know when we’re grounded, focused, and being real; even if we don’t know it ourselves. Horses respond with unique insight into who we are in the moment. They are profoundly gifted reflectors of our true selves because their very survival depends of reading their surroundings correctly. That’s why time spent with horses on the ground, under the guidance of certified EAGALA professionals offers us a safe, hands-on, and immediate way to practice being honest with ourselves and open to change. No riding involved. No previous horse experience necessary.

Horses are experts in feedback because as prey animals, their natural instincts require them to be continually perceptive of their environment. They provide honest immediate feedback to the presenting environment. Clients in recovery are often disconnected with their feelings and their physical body as a result of childhood or recent trauma. They spend a great deal of time thinking about the past or worrying about the future. Being “in the present” and “connecting with their feelings” is very challenging almost universally. Horses help clients “be in the present” and get more “in touch” with their feelings. Being prey animals, horses are keenly aware of their surroundings and intentions of those around them. Additionally, horses’ “insides match their outsides,” consequently, if clients aren’t “congruent” with their body language and feelings, horses know this and give feedback accordingly. Clients are much more open to receiving feedback from an animal as compared to a human therapist. The arena allows for experiential learning without judgment. (EAGALA 2013). There is an unconscious engagement between horses and people, which includes the effects of the Oxytocin hormone. Oxytocin reduces fear/anxiety in both humans and mammals when one encounters another in a safe place (EquiPower 2015 p. 16). Horses are sensitive to non-verbal communication and respond to clients’ accordingly. This provides an opportunity for honest, here-and-now transformational experiences. By creating a safe

environment for experiential learning through doing rather than thinking (cognitive processing of talking/listening), clients are offered opportunities for self-reflection, integration, and empowerment of their own learning/life choices.

Population(s) Served

Corporate Training and Development Leadership - Team Building - Problem Solving

· Discover how each individual plays a significant role in your group.
· Develop unique leadership, problem solving, and communication skills.
· Create a more efficient, flexible and productive team.
· Become masters at thinking "out of the box"!

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Anam Cara Stables provides integrated programs utilizing the EAGALA model to help heal and foster resilience for people who have experienced trauma, looking for personal growth and/or school success. Working with horses through this model has proven to be been effective with numerous types of clients and groups, and corporate training sessions for improved teamwork and communication throughout the world. Clients change and grow more effectively and more quickly than through traditional approaches. With 4,500 members in 50 nations, the Mental Health Professionals and Equine Specialists who make up The Global EAGALA Network are exclusively licensed, trained and credentialed to offer the EAGALA Model of equine-assisted psychotherapy and personal development to individuals, families and organizations.

Anam Cara Stables utilizes experiential and transformative learning to aid the natural healing process. The team approach includes: a licensed mental health professional, an equine specialist, and a horse or horses. This framework truly empowers clients. It gives them the ability to own their story, to analyze their situation, make connections, and find their own solutions through personal and physical experiences. They experience the solution.

Anam Cara connects people with horses to help improve awareness, self-acceptance, and to experience greater success. We believe that all people have the best solutions for themselves when given the opportunity to discover them. Anam Cara Stables re-creates life situations to work through struggles, problem-solve, and practice experientially new ways of living.

Founder, Co-founder, equine specialists & therapists are, or will soon be EAGALA certified. Plans are in place to have newest team members certified as soon as feasibly possible. In the interim, and in accordance with the EAGALA model, all sessions will have at least one EAGALA certified member on the treatment team. Our therapists are experienced and specialize in providing trauma informed care, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), PTSD, Addictions and recovery, Veterans, Active military, military sexual assault, and child welfare.

Anam Cara is expanding both services, and capacity to include the programs therapy,horse powered reading, Power Tools for Living, Recovery & Resiiency.... In addition, we have developed close relationships and collaborate frequently with members of the Michigan EAGALA networking group. As a result of this participation, Anam Cara Stables was selected by the Equine Assisted Growth & Learning Association to serve as Indiana's EAGALA Networking Group Coordinators and provide quarterly networking meetings and monthly support meetings/practice sessions. Our newest team member is a therapist as well as a 13-year Veteran of the US Navy. This addition to the team provides Anam Cara the ability to serve the unique needs of Veterans, Active Military and their families.

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ANAM CARA STABLES - Horses Healing the Human Soul

Board of directors
as of 03/19/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr Ann Garcelon MD


Board co-chair

Ms. Carmen Velasquez

Alivio Medical Center

Term: 2016 - 2019

Ann Garcelon MD

Physician

Carmen Velasquez

Executive Director Alivio Medical Center

Kathy Garcelon

Retired, State of California Office of Criminal Justice Planning

Webb Garcelon

Accountant, Enterprise

Roy Cogswell

Operating Engineer