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!
1-2 week 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.
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 1-2 week (5-10 day) immersions have consisted of:
EAL sessions with the Horse Sense team to assist with personal discovery
Mock sessions with "stunt clients", with on-the-spot coaching of your facilitation
Consultation time with Shannon to assist in determining and aligning for your goals in the field
Time with Richard Knapp, Licensed Parelli Professional, learning horse psychology, behavior and skills with horses that will assist you in your work (Richard is available when he is not studying with Parelli!)
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, but a week-long (5 day) immersion investment averages $1500. Onsite housing is available for a fee.
Internships: Clinical and Equine Specialist
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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@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:
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
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
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