STAT® Inc Veteran Application

VA-EQUINE-23 Grant Funded Programing (2023-2024)

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STAT® Welcomes you!

STAT® is excited to be awarded the 2023 VA Equine Therapy Grant to serve Veterans with Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) programs at no cost.

STAT® provides a broad range of equine assisted services! We have equine specialists, mental health professionals, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. Veterans are at the HEART of STAT®. And we too are Veterans. Some of the STAT®️'s staff members are Veterans ourselves and most have family members who are Veterans and Service Members.

We are honored to help Veterans heal, learn, and grow alongside horses through Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) individual and group programs that are mostly ground based.

STAT®️ is a Trauma Informed Care (TIC) Organization and we understand how past physical and/or emotional trauma can impact learning and connection, and want to give you options that best fit your needs and respect your privacy. Your responses are kept confidential with the STAT® Staff Team.

STAT®'s Safety Policy

Welcome Veterans!

Pittsburgh, White Oak, Altoona, Butler etc

About You

Please type the name of the VA Hospital, Vet Center, or CBOC where you receive care (example: White Oak Vet Center, Pittsburgh VAMC, Altoona etc)
Examples: deployments, era of service, Combat and/or MST and avoidance of military topics

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Programs:

STAT®'s Team Approach: a Facilitator and Equine Specialist.

Teams are certified in two EAL Protocols: Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) with an Individual Military Designation and the OK Corral Crisis Series. Both protocols require a licensed mental health professional for certification as a Facilitator. However, in EAL the facilitator is not providing mental health treatment and is only ensuring a fun and safe equine assisted learning experience.

  • We offer either group classes or individual classes for two EAL Programs: STAT®'s EQuine Affect(SM) and Stable Thinking for Stable Living.
  • You will have the opportunity to participate in both EAL classes offered. After you participate in one of STAT®'s EAL programs: EQuine Affect(SM) or Stable Thinking for Stable Living, you can ask to be placed on a waitlist to start the other EAL program. Why? So that other Veterans waiting can begin their first EAL program. Once the waitlist opens, you will then have an opportunity to sign up for the other EAL program classes.

Is Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Psychotherapy?

No. Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) teaches about a growth mindset to build confidence, motivation, problem solving, and communication without discussing trauma or mental health conditions. While EAL is not mental health treatment, it is often described as therapeutic, educational, and enjoyable.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) focuses on learning coping skills, creating adaptive thinking, and connecting with horses to decrease distress while changing disruptive patterns.

EAP is mental health treatment (e.g., PTSD, Anxiety, Depression) for Veterans who are already receiving mental health care. Let your current mental health treatment provider know about your interest in participating the EAP program to see if it might be a good fit to add EAP sessions to your current treatment plan. In some cases, a direct referral from your mental health provider is required for EAP in addition to your established psychotherapy treatment.

STAT®'s Team Approach: a Licensed Mental Health Facilitator and Equine Specialist.

Teams are certified in three EAP Protocols: Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) with an Individual Military Designation, EquiLateral-Equine Assisted EMDR, and the O.K. Corral Crisis Series.

Select Your Program(s) of Interest:

St. Joseph Institute for Addiction: Residential Program: Veteran Program: STAT® EQuine Affect(SM) in Port Matilda, PA

*This program is offered once a month on a Saturday

Ft. Ligonier Event with: STAT®'s EQuine Affect(SM):

Veteran Program: Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)

Veteran Program: STAT® EQuine Affect(SM): EAL

Veteran Program: Stable Thinking for Stable Living: EAL

Veteran & Spouse Together Small Group EAL Programs


Class Schedule Start Dates: Group Classes: EQuine Affect(SM) & Stable Thinking for Stable Living are scheduled monthly.

Group class days and times vary throughout the year. We do not typically have classes on weekends but occasionally offer classes or sessions once a month on a Saturday.

Late Fall/Winter: Individual programs are scheduled on an individual basis with 10am morning to 5pm evening times. Spring, Summer, and Early Fall we have classes until 7pm.

Type your days and times

Medical & Behavioral Health History

Please note there is a 200lbs max weight limit

Help us understand your needs:

A Trauma Informed Approach to Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)

The Five Guiding Principles of Trauma Informed Care (TIC)

STAT® Inc uses Fallot & Harris, PhDs (2015) Five Guiding Principles of TIC: safety, choice, collaboration, trustworthiness and empowerment.

  • Safety: Ensuring physical and emotional safety of clients. Every client is briefly screening for trauma, as it influences responses to horses, self, staff and services.
  • Trustworthiness: Staff are consistent, predictable, and set healthy physical and emotional boundaries.
  • Choice: Participants have choices about horse selection, physical spaces, and permission to touch if there is a safety (e.g., a foot is out of a stirrup and can’t find footing) and discuss emergency protocols that involve necessary physical support for safety
  • Collaboration: Staff and participants discuss goals that focus on resilience, pace, personal growth, and what clients want to accomplish.
  • Empowerment: Staff encourage and empower participants to build on strengths (i.e., growth mindset) while developing coping skills, which fosters a growth mindset.

Our EAL programs have a Mental Health Facilitator working alongside a Certified Equine Specialist who will support you though trauma informed programming outlined above. We get it. We see you. We understand. The horses also provide immediate reassurance with their presence.

What do you want to get from Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) or Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)?

Experience with Horses

Optional Mounted Activity

There may be a few optional mounted activities in some programming but EAL and EAP programs are mostly all ground based. EAGALA programs are ALWAYS ground based.

Applicant Information

We will call you if we can't reach you by email
We will email you if we can't reach you by phone

Emergency Contact Information

This confidential application for VA Equine Therapy 2023 Grant is received by the STAT®️'s CEO and a designated staff member only. A staff member will be in touch within a week to schedule a brief phone call to discuss programming and answer questions. All Veterans accepted into EAP are required to have a telehealth (virtual) intake session prior to starting programming. Submitting this form does not indicate immediate acceptance into any programming or client relationship. Please feel free to contact STAT® at 833-328-STAT (7828), or via email at

By submitting this form you give STAT®'s staff permission to call or email you to briefly discuss the information on the form and programming.

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