Blissful Strides is happy to announce that there is now statistical data proving that the EGCMethod works! I am happy to call Jaclyn a colleague that went through the EGCMethod program at the same time as I did. You can watch the video below to see how this amazing work changes lives! Keep reading to see what Jaclyn and her husband found!
Scientific Study on Effectiveness
From the Scientific Study on Effectiveness:
In 2017 a research study was completed on the relationship between the EGCMethod, developed by Melisa Pearce, and the feelings/emotions of clients working with program graduate Jaclyn Manzione, M.S., EGCM Certified. Specifically, clients as a result of their EGCM sessions were feeling more hopeful about their future and feeling better about themselves. Data was collected at the conclusion of each EGCM session using a Likert Item questionnaire that represents each client’s responses to four questions. The demographics of the population studied included adolescents and young adults between the ages of 12 to 24, who are homeless with significant history of trauma, mental illness and substance abuse.
A frequency analysis of the sample data identified the statistical mode (most repeated response) for each Likert Item question on the questionnaire. The mode for all four questions on the questionnaire was the response “Strongly Agree.” All remaining responses to all four questions were in the “Agree” category.
A Chi Square Test for Independence was applied to two variables: the EGC Method used in the coaching sessions and the change in the clients’ feelings about their future, and themselves, represented by each client’s response to the first two questions on the questionnaire. The null hypothesis stated that these two variables were independent. Since the analysis resulted in a P-value (0.0302) less than the significance level (0.05), the null hypothesis was rejected in favor of the alternative hypothesis. Thus, we concluded that there is a relationship between the EGC Method used and the change in the client’s feelings post coaching sessions.
This statement was presented at Summit 2017 by Jaclyn S. Manzione, M.S., EGCM Certified and G. Thomas Manzione, PhD., LPCA longitudinal study to further quantify the results will be launched by Touched by a Horse, Inc.
This independent study, which was not commissioned by Touched by a Horse, has been instrumental in providing the effectiveness of the EGCMethod above and beyond equine assisted therapy as a whole. The statistical success shown here further substantiates what the graduates of our Certification Program have known all along – that the EGCMethod is a valid and impactful business model that can be used to change lives.
Jaclyn Manzione, a first year graduate of the Certification program, was the provider of the services for the agency conducting this study.
Jaclyn entered our program with:
Consider for a moment what it must be like to be a homeless, helpless, 12-24-year-old with a history of trauma, mental illness and substance abuse. You then meet a woman and a horse who, through the unique and effective EGCMethod, can give you the confidence to Strongly Agree with your ability to see a positive future.
Melisa Pearce Interviews Jaclyn & Tom Manzione about 2017 Research Study of the EGCMethod
Wow! It has been a while since I have been able to get out of the heat and enjoy some A/C during the daylight hours. This summer has flown by and I apologize for my lack of presence lately!
Catch up on what has been happening on the farm/ranch:
In May my sister was married at the beginning of May. She had the most beautiful wedding. The rest of my May was spent at the school. When school was out, I started helping Prince Farming (my man, dubbed by my classmates) on the farm/ranch. We have torn out and replaced about 5 miles of fence this summer. It doesn’t seem like much, however, it seems like it’s a baaazzzzzillion miles while you are in the midst of it!
I had my Grand Opening on June 11, 2016! It went very well and we even had some attendees that we didn’t plan on!
I learned how to drive a tractor pulling a disk, how to drive a skid steer and how to stack bails with hay forks on the skid steer. I realized how much you have to pay attention to what you are doing at any given moment. When you are turning with the disk on the back of the tractor, there are many moving parts/buttons you have to push and you basically need a neck that can turn 360 degrees at a drop of a dime! I loved every minute of it!
In July I did some more tractor driving, replaced more fence, got away from the farm for a weekend to go do a 5k run in Denver with some of Prince Farming’s family members. We had a blast!
School was back in session in early August and since then, it has been a whirlwind trying to juggle working at the school, helping Prince Farming where I can on the weekends and building my business. It seems like I haven’t had any time to myself, however, as I look back, I wouldn’t have known what to do with myself if I didn’t have so many things going on. It has also made me realize that even amidst all the crazy, I need to “schedule” me time.
During my me time, I am still productive. I go for a walk or go futz around in my garden. Making this time for myself has really allowed me to not get burnt out on my hectic schedule.
Do you make time for yourself? If so, what are some things you do to keep yourself going? If not, what can you to to get more time with yourself?
We are proud to announce that Blissful Strides, LLC made its debut in the Kiowa County Independent Newspaper on March 2, 2016. It was an amazing opportunity to work with Priscilla Waggoner (author) and her friend (the client) to introduce what Equine Gestalt Coaching is all about.
A special thank you to Priscilla Waggoner (editor/author) and Kayla Murdock (graphic design) for making this article possible! I am forever in gratitude!
by Priscilla Waggoner
There's an older cowboy from around here who's spent most of his eighty-some years in a saddle. He tells a story about a winter day years ago when he was out working cattle. It was late afternoon and just starting to get dark when a fog rolled in, a fog so thick, he said, he couldn't see more than a few feet ahead. He turned his horse in what he thought was the direction home but within a few minutes, he realized he was going the wrong direction. So, he tried a different way. Same result. Surrounded by thick, white fog, he couldn't get his bearings. Then, he said he did what he should have done from the beginning. He just let loos of his reins and allowed his horse to go whatever direction he wanted. Straight away, as he says, that horse took him to the barn. This cowboy always ends the story the same way. "It's like that ol' saying goes. If you get lost, trust your horse to show you the way home, and he'll do it every time."
It's doubtful Lindsey Seybold has ever met this cowboy, but they seem to share a somewhat similar philosophy. Seybold, certified practitioner and owner of Blissful Strides, LLC, describes herself as a life coach who "assists people in examining their life and choices they've made with a focus on designing a positive future". That's a description that could fit the work of most life coaches; however, there is one big difference. Instead of meeting in an office surrounded by books and serene pictures on the wall, Seybold works with her clients in a paddock, and her horses are effective partners in the process. "The horses are very intuitive," she says. "You can tell a lot about a person by the way horses react to them."
Seybold is not new to the field of psychology. She got her B.A. in Psychology from Adams State University and, several years later, started working at a rescue ranch for horses where equine therapy was used with troubled pre-teens and teens. She recalls Joe, a 12 year old boy, who "played really tough: until he was to halter a horse.
"Being in the presence of the horse made him just drop his facade." she says. "He went from being a tough guy to a 12 year old kid in...seconds."
A therapist on the ranch told Seybold about the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method, a program she'd attended that took equine therapy to a new level. A lover of horses all her life and now intrigued by the effect horses have on people, Seybold researched a program and decided to pursue her two year certification in EGCM. "I learned so much," she says, "not just about working with clients but myself, as well."
In recent years, equine therapy has gained a significant amount of recognition and is being used for situations ranging from family interventions to veterans suffering from PTSD. But equine therapy is a broad category of treatment with a number of very different methods. EGCM is distinctly different from other approaches that it addresses in the "whole person" --the person's experiences in that moment along with their individual history, values and body awareness--and not only includes the horse in the process but actually enlists the horse's natural intuition and interactions in helping the client work through issues.
To the casual observer, EGCM seems like a deceptively simple process when it can actually be profound. Last Sunday, Seybold met with a client for the first time. After having her complete a temperament assessment, Seybold asked the client to step into the paddock with her. The client complied; she was open to what might happen but later admitted to being fairly skeptical, as well. So, when Seybold let the horses Scout and Blaze into the paddock, the client fully expected them to stay near Seybold. They didn't do that. As Seybold asked the client different questions about a very difficult decision she was trying to make, the horses walked around the paddock, uninterested in anything Seybold or the client were doing. However as the client grew more emotional, Scout and Blaze seemed to key in on her and walked to where she stood, standing next to her side by side. There they remained, not moving except for nuzzling her at one moment and moving closer when she grew more emotional. They even seemed to know the session was over before the client knew. She'd been standing with her eyes closed, and, at the precise moment she opened them, Scout swung away, walked across the paddock and rolled, something Seybold says he very rarely does.
Later, when asked about the session, the client said Seybold was very helpful. "But so were the horses," she added. "It was bizarre...like they were reacting to things going on with me. Like they...knew what I was saying. I mean, they stood right next to me the whole time. They could have gone anywhere in that paddock, but they stood right next to me, and when I was done, so were they." When asked how she felt, the client didn't hesitate. "Better," she said with a glance at the horses. "Clearer about what to do."
Although Seybold is from Castle Rock, her family frequently came here to enjoy the lakes when she was growing up, and she says she's always felt like Eads was home. Nonetheless, she admits she's picked a difficult place to open her practice where horses are not relied upon for their natural wisdom or intuition but their strength, agility and ability to work with cattle. "I'm not here to educate anybody," she says. "But maybe if I can help someone see horses in a new or different way... that would be okay with me."
Lindsey Seybold conducts periodic workshops and coaches pre-teens, teens and adults in both individual and group sessions. She can be reached through her website www.blissfulstrides.com.