David Boje Speaks with the Las Cruces Sertoma Club about Equine Therapy for Veterans

November 17, 2014 by Steven Romero via email

David Boje (standing) speaks with Las Cruces Sertoma Club members about equine therapy for veterans on November 14, 2014. (Photo by Steven Romero)

David Boje (standing) speaks with Las Cruces Sertoma Club members about equine therapy for veterans on November 14, 2014. (Photo by Steven Romero)

NMSU College of Business Management Professor David Boje spoke with the Las Cruces Sertoma Club during their weekly lunch on Friday, November 14th, 2014, elaborating on the fascinating work he does with veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Due to the current culture of the military, as well as issues with Veterans Affairs, it’s often difficult for members of the military or veterans to seek help especially for mental health issues.

Boje uses material storytelling therapy to help veterans work through issues in their past and turn it into a story of hope. He pairs that with Equine Growth and Learning Association’s (EGALA) therapy to assist veterans recover from PTSD symptoms.

A key aspect of EGALA therapy is participation in Equine-Assisted Growth Learning Event (EAGLE) sessions. Boje and his wife, Grace Ann Rosile, also a professor in the Management Department at NMSU, host EAGLE sessions weekly at their home.

Need for this type of therapy – which has shown great success in treating veterans with PTSD symptoms – is great and so Boje is always working on raising awareness that it exists and that it can be the difference between life and death in veterans’ lives.

The Sertoma Club is an international civic society that focuses on the needs of the hearing and speech impaired. They meet regularly and focus on providing funding to improve the quality of life for those at risk or impacted by hearing loss and various other needs in the community.

For more information on the work Boje and his wife are doing, contact him at 575-646-2391, or email at dboje@nmsu.edu.


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