Eagala Military Services – Individual Designation Application


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​A: Rationale for the creation of an Eagala Military/Defence Forces Services Specialized Distinction

The Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (Eagala) acknowledges the necessity and advantage of culturally and clinically competent provision of services in providing Eagala Model to our Defence Forces/Military Service members and their families.

Applying for the distinction of the Eagala Military Services designation establishes a willingness to provide culturally relevant services to those who have served our country.

This distinction identifies those Eagala Model practitioners who have specialized training and experience in the defence forces community and the issues and events that are specific to military service members and families.

Why a specialized distinction?  
  1. The military population is unique in that authority for programming comes from centralized agencies (government and private) which look to provide services through recognized, credible organizations and provide replicable programming throughout the world.
  2. This provides further advantage in successfully promoting Eagala Model services with the military and defence forces around the world.
  3. This also helps Eagala members in networking to connect and refer to Eagala Certified professionals who have the ethical and professional experience to provide services to the military community.

Standards and ethical practice: 
Eagala’s standards and ethics asserts that Eagala professionals do not practice outside their scope of practice. The Code of Ethics states that members will, “…evaluate his/her own professional strengths and limitations and will seek to improve self and profession through ongoing education and training” and “…will not misrepresent by claiming or implying professional qualifications, education, experience, or affiliations not possessed by the associate.” 

The Eagala Military Services designation provides a structure to measure a minimum qualification of working with military culture and clinical issues, and as such, any Eagala members working with this population need to meet this standard and ideally obtain the designation. 
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B. Defining the difference between PROGRAM and INDIVIDUAL designations - Benefits and Limitations

The Eagala Military Services individual designation acknowledges that you have obtained experience and training working with this population.

This provides:
  1. A way to publicly acknowledge this training and specialization working with the military
  2. Flexibility to switch between programs or partnerships without having to re-submit individual credentials
  3. Ability to identify potential pairings/partnerships/job opportunities for members looking to gain full Military Program Designation and benefits 

Members with the Eagala Military Services individual designation receive:
  • A military designation badge by your name in the Eagala member directory.

Limitations of the designation:
  • The designation expires when your Eagala certification expires. If you renew your certification prior to the expiration date, your military designation will automatically be renewed. If your certification expires, you will need to reapply for the military individual designation when you choose to reactivate your certification.
  • Having the individual designation does not place you on the Eagala Military Services PROGRAMS listing. The Program designation is a separate application.

What is the difference between the Eagala Military Services PROGRAM and INDIVIDUAL designations?

A Program Designation is defined as a minimum of a Mental Health Professional (MH) and an Equine Specialist (ES) who are BOTH Eagala Certified and who BOTH have the individual military designation for their role, and where the program meets additional qualifications. The program designation is required to be on Eagala Military Services/Defence Forces programs referral lists and be eligible for potential funding. There is a separate application for Programs.

An Individual Designation is defined as any one member of the team (MH, ES, or Other Professional) who is Eagala Certified and has met the individual qualifications for that particular role as indicated in the application below.  
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C. Defining Training Qualification Categories and Resources:

Training qualifications can be defined and understood within 3 main categories of competence:
  1. Cultural
  2. Clinical
  3. Clinical Experience

Click this link for a listing of helpful training resources in each of these three competency areas:  http://bit.ly/2BNO6UD
 
Definitions of Training Categories:

1)  Cultural Competence

Cultural Competence Training hours can be defined as training focused on understanding military culture and customs, norms, traditions, values, language, and experiences.
  • 30 hours required for all roles (ES/MH/Other)
  • Must include two Mandatory Trainings as listed:       
       1. Mandatory Center for Deployment Health Military Culture Core Competency Training – http://deploymentpsych.org/military-culture-course-modules  (8 cultural hours) (or comparable course in other countries for similar hours)
        2. Listened to the 2012 13th Conference audio “Working with Military Populations” found on this link: https://soundcloud.com/eagala/4a-working-with-military  (1 cultural hour) 

To fulfill the 30 hours of cultural training requirement indicated above, the following identifies possible options (not inclusive; see also the training resources link listed above for recommendations and links): 
  • Active duty service including National Guard, Reserves, Military Spouse or Dependents (provides 21 hours, plus do the two mandatory trainings listed above for an additional 9 hours to qualify as the full 30 hours)
  • Service and volunteer work to the defence forces community through organizations such as the USO, military spouse organizations, and others that involve direct interaction with service members.
  • Online, in-person or audio trainings and workshops available through military resources or other educational providers
  • Eagala Model specific training focusing on military populations such as Military track presentations at Eagala Conferences, sponsored trainings and online webinars
  • Training provided through the Military and Military contracts and available through Military Installations.  

2)  Clinical Competence

Clinical Competence Training hours can be defined as training focused on understanding the unique clinical issues commonly faced by members of our armed forces and their families.  Examples include: post-traumatic stress, combat post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma, moral injury, grief, survivors guilt, post-deployment/reintegration and related family conflict, etc. 
  • 30 hours required for all roles (ES/MH/Other) 

To fulfill the 30 hours of clinical training requirement indicated above, the following identifies possible options (not inclusive; see also the training resources link listed above for recommendations and links): 
  • Online or in-person or audio trainings and workshops available through military resources or other educational providers
  • Formal training in a clinical program of study or training provided as part of programs of clinical work, internships, or practicums with military organizations
  • Eagala Model specific training focusing on military populations such as Military track presentations at Eagala Conferences, sponsored trainings and online webinars
  • Training provided through the Military and Military contracts and available through Military Installations. 

3) Clinical Experience Competence (MH only)

Clinical Experience Competence Training can be defined for the MH as clinical hours spent working in a therapeutic relationship with military clients and patients preferably under supervision (in any type of setting). 
  • 80 clinical experience hours required for the MH 

To fulfill the clinical experience requirement, the following identifies possible options (not inclusive; see also the training resources link listed above for recommendations and links): 
  • Formal clinical training programs of study including internships, practicums etc.
  • Clinical work with on the job supervision and training via a military related organization
  • Private practice work with military populations, preferably with consultation or supervision
  • Clinically related volunteer work with military populations
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D. Application for Individual Designation

Directions:
  1. Complete information below under your role on the Eagala team. If you are a "both" ES and MH, fill out the MH section only.
  2. Submit all corresponding documentation as required.
  3. Submit non-refundable application fee.
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Complete the following criteria section only if you are an Equine Specialist or Other Specialized Professional

If you are a both ES and MH, skip this section and fill out the MH section only.

Once completing the criteria checklist, skip the MH checklist and go to the Submit Documentation section.
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CRITERIA FOR THE EQUINE SPECIALIST PROFESSIONAL (ES) AND OTHER SPECIALIZED PROFESSIONAL
All boxes must be checked to indicate you have read and adhere to each standard
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Complete the following criteria section only if you are a Mental Health Professional

Once completing the criteria checklist, move to the Submit Documentation section next.
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CRITERIA FOR THE MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL (MH)
All boxes must be checked to indicate you have read and adhere to each standard
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Submit Documentation

Use the following to submit your resume and all required documentation indicated in the criteria checklists above.

If any problems uploading documents here, please submit to [email protected] or fax to 1-801-754-0401. 
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1. List your Cultural Competence training = 30 hours needed.
Listing must include for each item:
  1. Date
  2. Title
  3. Type (internet, workshop, videos, etc.)
  4. Hours (books qualify as 2 hours)

Understanding military culture and customs, norms, traditions, values, language, and experiences
 
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2. List your Clinical Competence training = 30 hours needed and must be within the last 5 years.
Listing must include for each item:
  1. Date
  2. Title
  3. Type (internet, workshop, videos, etc.)
  4. Hours (books qualify as 2 hours)

Understanding unique clinical issues commonly faced by members of armed forces and their families (i.e. PTS, TBI, MST, moral injury, grief, addictions, reintegration, family conflict, etc.)
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3. MH only: List what you did to obtain your Clinical Experience working with the military (paid or volunteer) = 80 clinical hours
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4. Upload your resume (for MH, include proof of current licensure/registration as a MH in your state/country)
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Indemnification and Attestation Statements

INDEMNIFICATION
To the extent permitted by law, I hereby agree to protect, indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Eagala, the Eagala Board and Committees, and all Eagala employees, agents, directors, and associates against all claims/losses arising out of association with Eagala including, but not limited to, certification, designations, errors and omissions, membership, and participation in any Eagala sponsored workshops, except those claims arising out of the sole gross negligence or willful misconduct of Eagala.
 
ATTESTATION
I hereby attest that this application contains no false or misleading statements and that all information is true and accurate.  I attest that by checking the boxes above, I meet said criteria. I understand that if anything in this application is false or misleading, or that do I not meet the criteria, it can result in loss of designation and/or Eagala certification.
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Affiliated with an Eagala Military Services designated PROGRAM?

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Are you already working in an Eagala Military Services designated PROGRAM?

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To learn more about becoming an Eagala Military Services designated PROGRAM, click here.

To see a list of current Eagala Military Services PROGRAMS, click here.

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Application Submission

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Renewals:
There is not a renewal for the Individual Military Services designation. It remains in place as long as your Eagala certification remains current. If your certification expires, you will need to reapply for the military individual designation when you choose to reactivate your certification.

Submit application and fee
After clicking the Submit button below, your application and uploaded documents will be sent to Eagala, and the Eagala Store page will show to pay the $55 nonrefundable application fee.

You will receive notice of approval, or that more information is needed, within 2 weeks of the application submission.

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