The Horse Inspired Growth & Learning Center Inc.
Robin Dunning, Eagala Certified Equine Professional
Eagala Network Coordinator
Eagala Ethics Committee
Ann joined Horse Inspired in 2015 and brings over 20 years experience working as a psychotherapist. Before opening her private practice here in Easton, Maryland, Ann owned a farm in North Carolina where she provided Equine Assisted Therapy for her clients. Ann's role in the session is to observe the client interaction with the horses and blend her observations with those of the Equine Professional in order to help the client identify the issues that are arising and guide the treatment process. With her many years experience as a therapist and lifelong horsewoman, Ann brings an understanding of the nature of horses and how they can become a powerful partner in helping clients.
Robin has been working with horses for the past 35 years training, instructing, breeding and competing on a local and national level. In addition, she owned and operated her horse farm for 22 years. The importance of selecting horses for this program requires someone that, not only has an in depth understanding of horses but can also observe them in their natural environment which is crucial to the process of selecting horses that are appropriate for the program. During sessions it is her job to observe the horses and how they are interacting with the clients watching for patterns to emerge. Because the horses will respond in often subtle ways it is her responsibility to identify questions that will aid the client in discovery. Robin has also worked in the mental health field as a mental health worker at Sheppard Pratt Hospital. Robin also serves on the EAGALA Ethics Committee.
The Horse Inspired Growth & Learning Center Inc. was established in 2005 by Robin Dunning and Pam Dudek for the purpose of providing an ethical, powerful resource for improving lives through the use of horses. After researching certification programs they chose the EAGALA model because of its worldwide support of professionals working in the field of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning. EAGALA is known as the global standard for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Development.
Molly Foster, Eagala Certified Equine Professional
Certified Path Instructor
Molly is the owner of Glendale Farm and the head riding instructor of the Glendale Riding School.
For most of her life Molly has been in the company of horses. Her passion and dedication to her horses
and her students is undeniable. In addition to instructing and training, Molly is also a
Path certified instructor and hosted a therapeutic riding center for 25 years. With her deep knowledge
of horses and her passion for helping others she became interested in the EAGALA model several years
ago. After Horse Inspired moved to Easton, Maryland Molly pursued her interest by providing
Horse Inspired a new home and has been instrumental in helping us grow in our new community.
By March of 2016 Molly had completed her certification and is currently working as part of the team.
Diane Irven, M.S., LCADC
Eagala Certified MH
Diane is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor and has worked in the addiction field for over 20 years. She completed the EAGALA training and is EAGALA certified in equine assisted psychotherapy. Diane has utilized various models of treatment in several modalities and looks forward to working within the EAGALA model, bringing the dynamic of equine assisted therapy to individuals struggling with a substance use disorder. Diane will be instrumental in forming our "Relapse Prevention" group in 2017.
Ann Wilson, LCSW-C
Eagala certified MH, ES
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