Trauma-Focused EAP Trainings (CEU's available)
Natural Lifemanship is a type of therapeutic intervention that is relationally rich and developmentally sensitive. It utilizes horses, sound principles of equine psychology, and an awareness of human brain development to repair and enhance all of life’s relationships. It is driven by the beliefs that a sound principle is a sound principle regardless of where it is applied, and that all mental health issues result in dysfunction of intrapersonal and/or interpersonal relationships.
Natural Lifemanship has created a type of therapeutic intervention that is relationally rich and developmentally sensitive.
It utilizes horses, sound principles of equine psychology, and an awareness of human brain development to repair and enhance all of life’s relationships. It is driven by the beliefs that a sound principle is a sound principle regardless of where it is applied, and that all mental health issues result in dysfunction of intrapersonal and/or interpersonal relationships.
There are many effective horse training techniques. However, Natural Lifemanship specifically teaches a model of applied horse psychology that uses only principles that seamlessly transfer to human psychology. Participants learn these principles and then begin to evaluate the principles behind what they are already doing with horses to assure that those principles effectively apply to human relationships. Horse Sense staff have all been trained in this cutting edge model of EAP and we host trainings at the farm every year!
Trauma Informed Equine Assisted Mindfulness: The "How-To" Training
This 2.5 day training is designed for professionals in the field of Equine Assisted Practices and will teach you the ins and outs of offering Trauma Informed Equine Assisted Mindfulness™ to your clients.
- Learn to better attune to your clients' needs, as well as your own
- Help yourself and your clients develop insight into the self regulation process
- Learn how to utilize formal & informal mindfulness practices
- Utilize horses and horse activities in building mindfulness skills
Friday evening, starting at 6pm, we'll lay out the weekend plan, and begin the learning process of Trauma-Informed Equine Assisted Mindfulness. Saturday we'll spend together in practice in "A Day Of Mindfulness with Horses". Sunday we'll look at the process of offering these services with clients, including indications and concerns with mindfulness and trauma, as well as other approaches to working with mindfulness and horses. Finally, we'll spend some time on how to promote and market the service, both in a therapy and learning setting.
- Indoor arena, so training will be held regardless of weather!
- All level of meditation practitioners welcome. No horse experience necessary.
- Dinner is provided Friday night. Lunch is provided Sat & Sun. Light snacks available for Sat & Sun morning
- Paying by check? Make out & mail to:
Cost: $395 // 10 participants maximum
does not include lodging
there will be a waiting list once we are full
Horse Sense OTC, 6919 Meadows Town Road, Marshall, NC 28753
Registration is confirmed once check is received. Please provide us with an email address to connect with you once we receive your check.
Bunk/Dorm lodging on property for overnight guests;
contact info@HorseSenseOtc.com to arrange
REFUND POLICY: Full refund if you cancel with more than 90 days notice. Within 90 days of the event, we will keep $95 to cover administrative fees. Within 1 week notice no refund available.
1-2 Week Professional Immersions
Deepen into the work...
The Immersion Program is an exciting opportunity designed for those seeking a deeper experience in the EAP/EAL field. A chance for hands-on learning at the Horse Sense farm, this program is a good fit for anyone willing to invest in their education and their future, who is also committed to learning more about every aspect of running an EAP/EAL practice. Come for the day or for 1-2 weeks!
The Immersion Program is also ideal for folks wanting to take the time to focus on their lives, their horses and a vision for their future.
Although Immersions are all customized to meet the specific needs of the client, past day-long Immersion clients have consisted of:
EAL session with the Horse Sense team to assist with personal discovery
Consultation with Shannon to assist in determining and aligning for your goals in the field, discussing structures (LLC, For/NonProfit, etc), Setting Your Price, Daily Operations, and Program Development and Implementation
Horsemanship session with Richard Knapp, learning Horse Psychology, Body Language and other skills that will assist you in the field
Group Session observation, as available
For those with more time, past 1-2 week (5-10 day) immersions have consisted of all of the above, PLUS:
Mock sessions with "stunt clients", with on-the-spot coaching of your facilitation
Time in independent study with Horse Sense's library of books, CD's and DVD's (much of the knowledge needed to succeed in this field)
Contemplative time in our Labyrinth (either with a horse or without)
Observation of retreats, events and workshops, as appropriate to your goals
If you are interested and want to be considered for an Immersion Program, please send a cover letter and resume to Eleni Dines. Please include in your cover letter when you'd like to join us and for how long you'd like to stay, as well as your top three goals for your time with us. We'll connect with you after receiving these documents and let you know if we feel we are the right fit for you and your needs. Immersion Programs vary in cost depending on goals and amount of time spent with Horse Sense of the Carolinas Treatment Teams and Staff, but a week-long (5 day) immersion averages $1950 (and includes onsite housing), and a daylong Immersion averages $845.
Internships: Clinical and equine specialist
The clinical internship program is designed for Master’s students working towards a counseling degree looking to fulfill required internship/practicum hours in an experiential setting. We welcome those who are interested in pursuing a career in the Equine Assisted Psychotherapy or Adventure Therapy field, and who are eager to learn more about this popular therapeutic modality. Generally, Horse Sense will take on one clinical intern at a time, whether that is for the semester or the year.
**Interns must have completed Natural Lifemanship's Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Fundamental training to be considered.
**All interns are required to have an off-site clinical supervisor, as supervision is not offered on-site.
If you are interested and want to be considered for a clinical intern position, please send a cover letter and resume to Eleni Dines. Please include the following information in your cover letter:
- Start and end dates
- How many direct client contact hours you need
- The total number of hours you need
- Your top three goals for your internship at Horse Sense
Clinical internships may include:
Co-facilitating EAP sessions
Conducting intakes and assessments
Providing EAP to individuals including children, teens, and adults
Time learning about horsemanship and horse psychology
Learning how to collaborate and co-facilitate
Participating in treatment planning/therapist meetings
Equine Specialist Internship
Are you working as an Equine Specialist (ES) and long for more clarity and connection around the important role you have in therapy or learning sessions? Are you taking steps towards becoming an ES and want some reliable information to help guide your path? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then an onsite internship is designed for you!
Generally internships are for a minimum of 2 months, and interns must have completed Natural Lifemanship's Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Fundamental training to attend.
If you are interested and want to be considered for an ES Internship Program, please send a cover letter and resume to Eleni Dines. Please include in your cover letter when you'd like to join us and for how long you'd like to stay, as well as your top three goals for your time with us.
EQUINE SPECIALIST internship May Include:
Fundamental roles and responsibilities of the Equine Specialist (ES) in EAP and EAL sessions
Skills and experience levels/organizational standards
Role of the ES both in and out of session
Activity design & facilitation skills
Common challenges for any ES
Horsenality, predator/prey, hierarchy of needs
“Ideal” EAP/EAL horse? “Inappropriate” horses?
How to support/avoid burnout; How our work impacts horses
Implications of personal horses of ES/Therapist in session
Utilization/collaboration with rescue rehab horses and orgs
Language: Attunement/Mirroring; Use/tool; anthropomorphism
Continuing education opportunities