In-Depth, Practical How-To for Your Practice of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning
Facilitated by Trish Broersma and Leslie McCullough, PhD
• How to train horses for interactive work in the settings of equine assisted learning and psychotherapy, with a focus on relational liberty work.
• Considerations in pairing horses and clients for optimal outcomes. What kinds of horses work well in EAL and EAP environments. Holistic approaches to supporting horses doing this work.
• How to provide ongoing assessment of situations, horses and clients for EAL and EAP: developing “new eyes.”
• How to incorporate EAP or EAL into a therapeutic riding center.
ETHICAL, EFFECTIVE ACTIVITIES
• Toolbox of activities that incorporate the horses’ sentient nature and their ability to provide and initiate therapeutic input as part of the four-member team.
• Training in creating effective EAL and EAP activities and sessions that align with PATH ethical guidelines and how to conduct them within your scope of practice.
• If desired, submit a case history for enlightening discussion.
CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS
22 CEU hours for PATH Intl professional certifications, as well as CEUs for
psychotherapists and counselors through Washburn University.
WHAT PAST PARTICIPANTS SAY ABOUT THIS TRAINING:
“As an equine-facilitated psychotherapist and equine specialist, I found The Next Level Workshop informative, engaging, and extremely helpful in continuing the development of the Equine Assisted Therapies field. Leslie McCullough and Trish Broersma provided a space that inspired and supported both my ES and Mental Health Specialist needs. I highly recommend the workshop for anyone interested in deepening their equine assisted careers.” Lisa Bradley, MA, R-DMT, Bend, OR
“I’ve been a therapeutic riding instructor for several years but the world of mental health is still rather new to me. I gained more knowledge, deeper connection with the material and a broader understanding of the ES role. I loved the workshop and left energized and excited for the next level of ES work.” ~Dani Nichols, Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center, Bend Oregon
“The Next Level training truly lived up to its name. Leslie and Trish demonstrated many types of therapies that can enhance the equine assisted psychotherapy experience, such as art and somatic therapy. They provided the science and research to back it and provided opportunities for practical application of each. I came away feeling refreshed and armed with over 30 new ideas to put to use. They are the experts in the art of healing through horses, and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!”—Lisa Harman, The Center at Heron Hill.
CONTACT TRISH BROERSMA TO SCHEDULE a NEXT LEVEL training at your PATH Intl Center.
For over 35 years Leslie has conducted psychotherapy with youth, including 24 years as one of the first full time EFP programs in the country. Serving on the EFMHA board, Leslie was one of the co-creators of the ESMHL workshop, which she currently teaches throughout the US. Leslie is now an Assistant Professor in social work at Washburn University in Topeka, KS, and is also a consultant and trainer with Hope and Healing Academy. Leslie and her Tufts University colleague, Megan Mueller, PhD were the 2013 recipients of HHRF research funding on the effect of EFP on PTSD, results of which were presented at PATH 2015 national conference.
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