Trauma-Focused EAP Trainings (CEU's available)

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Natural Lifemanship

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.

Objectives: 

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  • 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@HorseSenseOTC.com.. 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

Stay Tuned for more info on our Clinical Internships...


Equine Specialist Internship

If you plan on being an Equine Specialist, you need to go to Horse Sense.
Worth every penny! Shannon and Richard gave us their undivided attention and answered every question. I learned more than I imagined! Thank you!

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@HorseSenseOTC.com. 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.

The internship May Include:

This workshop is the welcome mat to the world of equine assisted everything!
  • 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?

  • Horse observation

  • 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


Other onsite CEU Opportunities

Get your professional training in our beautiful outdoor setting with human and equine teachers, and have a blast doing it. Mental Health professionals including, but not limited to: LPC,  LMFT, LPA, PhD, PsyD, EdD, LCSW and others in need of general CEUs join us in this terrific alternative to classroom-based, didactic classes. Get experiential in the beautiful outdoors instead!

Straight From the Horse’s Mouth

Workshop Objectives:

  • Compare and contrast the differences between EAP and tradition psychotherapeutic modalities

  • Identify benefits and risks associated with EAP

  • Recognize the nature of projection and transference as it explored through the EAP model

  • Explain the parallels between equine and human psychology

  • Explain Relationship Logic and Rhythmic Riding, components of the TF-EAP model