Gain a Comprehensive Understanding of the Science Underpinning the Effectiveness of Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy and Interventions

1 Clinic | 5 days

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Participants will delve into the intricate interplay between the autonomic nervous system, human behavior, and equine interactions. The exploration includes an in-depth examination of Polyvagal principles, which offer a nuanced perspective on the physiological and psychological dynamics at play during these therapeutic encounters.

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About the Clinic

This journey into the science behind equine-assisted interventions encompasses didactic presentations and experiential activities. Didactic sessions provide a theoretical framework, elucidating the foundational concepts that form the basis of effective equine-assisted psychotherapy. Concurrently, experiential opportunities offer participants real-time, in vivo experiences, allowing them to witness and engage with the intricate dance of the nervous system in action.

The focus extends beyond mere theoretical knowledge to the practical application of these concepts, emphasizing the operationalization of theories to enhance personal and professional presence. By understanding the intricate workings of the autonomic nervous system and its role in human-equine interactions, participants gain valuable insights into the underlying mechanisms contributing to the efficacy of equine-assisted interventions.

This comprehensive exploration serves as a bridge between scientific understanding and practical implementation, equipping participants with the knowledge and skills to navigate the complexities of equine-assisted psychotherapy. The goal is to empower individuals to apply this newfound understanding to their professional endeavors, fostering a deeper connection between humans and horses in therapeutic settings.

Meet the Facilitators

Dr. Rebecca Bailey

Dr. Rebecca Bailey has over 30 years of experience in the field and continues to be dedicated to the notion that authenticity, common sense, and kindness are the most important elements of effective treatment.

She is a lifelong equestrian and animal lover who believes animals, particularly horses, have much to teach humans about curiosity and compassion.

Jaycee Dugard

Jaycee Dugard is a survivor of extreme trauma. She feels strongly that without animals in her world, she would not be the person she has become.

Thankfully, her recovery included a team of four horses who remain in her life to this day.

She has made it her life’s work to support the equine-human connection in tribute to her four teachers.

Jane Faulkner

Jane draws upon years of training, study, and her own journey to assist you in your life. She has worked as a therapist in both room based settings and in equine assisted therapy for the past 13 years. As well as teaching, she maintains a private practice and draws upon Gestalt therapy, equine assisted psychotherapy, mindfulness techniques, art therapy, yogic philosophy, trauma informed practices and horsemanship to support you.

Course Structure

  1. Animal-assisted therapy and its application to trauma and other areas.

  2. Basic polyvagal concepts.

  3. Essentials of respectful horse-human connection.
  1. Rethink your thinking.

  2. Art of nonverbal communication and connection.

  3. Get to know you: Understand individual nervous systems, personalities, temperaments, and their influence on human/horse interactions.
  1. Connect the dots: Polyvagal principles and core beliefs.
  2. Deep dive into the science behind action and reaction.

  3. What's in a name: Understand labels and names and their impact on the nervous system.
  1. Define safety culturally, personally, and practically.

  2. Informed consent and role expectations.

  3. Practice and implement core skills of Polyvagal principles in real-life scenarios.
  1. Understand group dynamics through a Polyvagal lens.

  2. Form your Polyvagal-informed team.

  3. Recognize tools that lead to more effective two-way interactions and communication.

Course Information

What will I learn?

Didactic presentations and experiential activities tailored to translate concepts into practical applications for heightened personal and professional presence. Learn how the polyvagal principles bring awareness and understanding of how we experience our perspectives and gain valuable insights into how we can provoke flexibility in our thinking.

How do we do it?

Real-time, in vivo presentations fostering individual and group awareness of the autonomic nervous system’s function and how it translates and impacts the way we perceive our environment.

Who is this workshop for?

Open to anyone seeking to expand or deepen their knowledge of Polyvagal principles, equine interventions, and alleviate burnout and compassion fatigue. This information is exceptionally beneficial for therapists, counselors, coaches, equine specialists, horse professionals, first responders, law enforcement, health providers, educators, and more. No pre-requisite to attend.

Why Attend?

Enhance your personal and professional presence, applying newfound knowledge to improve your existing work. You will learn about the autonomic nervous system, polyvagal principles, and the benefits of animal assisted therapy, enabling you to apply this understanding professionally and in your daily lives.

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