What is the GRATITUDE Retreat?
A Missouri River Bluff Retreat, where we empower and renew hope by providing exceptional therapeutic opportunities for people that optimize well-being in a unique, client centered, solution oriented setting.
We utilize the Eagala Model, a distinct experience-based, team-approach framework designed to empower clients to analyze their situations, make connections, and find their own solutions through personal and physical experiences.
Our Team Members:
Sarah Williams is a Master’s Level Licensed Social Worker, certified both as a Mental Health Professional (LMSW) and an Equine Specialist with EAGALA since 2013. She has a BS in Equestrian Science and Biology from William Woods University, and an MSW from the University of Missouri Columbia. She also holds an Instructor’s Certificate with PATH, the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship. Sarah has an extensive background in public health, disaster mitigation and response, and disability advocacy. Sarah has worked in disaster preparedness and planning for Missouri’s 13 County Region F, serving on the Pet Sheltering Advisory Committee for the Missouri Region F Regional Homeland Security Oversight Committee, and the Special Needs Population Steering Committee with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. She is an Adjunct Instructor in Disaster Animal Sheltering at University of Missouri Fire Rescue Training Institute in Columbia, Missouri, an active member of the Missouri Emergency Preparedness Association and the American Association of Public Safety Communications Officials. Previously, Sarah served as President of the Audrain County Humane Society, and as a member of the Missouri Equine Council Board of Directors.
Shannon Einspahr is a Master’s level Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 15 years of professional experience in the social service and mental health field; serving and advocating on behalf of adults and children of diverse backgrounds, experiences and abilities at the local, state and federal levels. Ms. Einspahr has specialized interest and training in trauma-focused/trauma-informed care. For the past five years, Ms. Einspahr has been employed at the Truman VA Hospital; serving previously as a therapist and currently as a suicide prevention social worker. Ms. Einspahr provides crisis intervention and case management services to high risk Veterans. Additionally, Ms. Einspahr provides part-time contract family therapy at a local youth residential facility. Ms. Einspahr completed the EAGALA training and certification process as a Mental Health Professional in 2017.