observing horsesLevel 1

Are you an Equine Professional and want to work with equine assisted interventions? Do you already work with EiT programs, but want to enhance your knowledge and skills? Are you are therapist that considers including EiT in your work? Then this training is for you.

A theoretical and practical 3-4 day training (3 days, with a possibility to add 1 day focusing on working with traumatized clients).
EiT presents an alternative approach to understanding equine-assisted activities and therapies through science and research that supports new and existing models.

Days 1-3 combine lectures, observation exercises with horses and humans, and group discussions. All lectures, activities, and discussions build upon the previous day’s knowledge and application to equine-assisted therapies. The days are tailored to participant needs and interests, so questions, short discussions, and brief group conversations often punctuate the day. While all material is covered, the trainings allow time for tailoring the knowledge to the participants’ needs.

Day 4 focuses exclusively on practicing the skill sets and knowledge learned in previous days in a practical setting. The lectures focus on the application of learned knowledge, skills, and perspective in a practice therapeutic environment.

The training covers the fundamentals of:
• Equine evolution – domestication, co-existence with humans. Wild/feral vs domesticated equines
• Equine biology - what do we need to know?
• How the equine's previous and current life affects how he can contribute to EiT programs
• Ethics
• Equine cognitive abilities
• General conceptions and preconceived notions about equines.
• Equines and humans common mammalian background. The importance of species specific knowledge.
• How a common space between horses and humans is created.
• The mirror neuron theory and why it doesn't sufficiently explain what goes on between horses and humans.
• How horses learn and how training affects your horse.
• Horse behavior and misbehavior (stereotypical behavior, bad habits, aggression etc).
• How does an equine know what to do in EiT programs?
• Equine stress – eustress and burnout.
• Negative equine welfare.
• Positive equine welfare – growth for equines.
• Anthropomorphism – the bad and the good version.
• Essentials about human psychology to know how horse and human effects each other.
• The horse as a subject, why objectification and instrumentalization don't belong in EiT programs.
• Intersubjectivity theory – addressing attachment between horse and human. The horse as a transitional object.
• The horse as a helper in grounding, staying in the here and now while working on therapeutic issues. The horse as a safe companion.
• How to enhance your observational skills and how to use them in EiT programs to formulate questions to the client, and to look out for the equine's welfare.
• Safety issues – what is safety in EiT programs? How to assess situations.
• The EP's role before, during and after sessions.
• The EP support to the equine. How to remain a safe person for the equine.
• Awareness of yourself and what you bring to a session.
• Teamwork and respect. How when you work within your scope of practice.
• EAI activities. How to choose them. Props, space, and environment.
• Working with different populations – who this affect your work and how you prepare.
• Why you as an EP need to work with a licensed mental health professional, IF you are offering any kind of psychological treatment.
• How and when mounted work can be used, and what kind of mounted work.
• Your responsibilities as an EP – towards the horse, the client and the therapist.
• How to prepare for sessions. How to prepare yourself and how to take care of yourself after sessions.
• How you, on your own, can further develop your observational skills and use your own senses as tools.

The days consist of a mix of theoretical seminars and discussions and practical exercises with horses and humans. The practical exercises will include how to enhance your observational skills and how you link what you see with what you know, aware of your own filters, as how you formulate your observations into EP questions directed towards the client(s). As well as how your observational skills are what keeps the equine safe and provide him with a space to grow.

The training is adapted to the participants level of knowledge. Other areas/topics can be covered if need be, as some areas will only be touched upon depending on the participants prior, already acquired knowledge and skills. An interview will be conducted with each participant to establish expectations on the training as well as specific knowledge needs. There will also be a list of suggested reading to do before coming.

The EiT training includes fundamental information that can be applied to every model and method where equines are used in therapy. We encourage open discourse to help participants apply the concepts to their own programs and provide examples of how these principles can be applied to every program. This is not a model or step-by-step process, rather it is a way to integrate science and research into existing models or upon which to develop new approaches to equine-assisted therapy. We believe in the application of science in all EiT programs and work hard to clarify uncertainties and misunderstandings in equine-human interactions and in the field of EiT programs.

The training is equally suitable and beneficial for equine specialists and therapists, you will just leave the training with different levels of deepened knowledge.

Complimentary online support is offered after the training, on a consultant basis. There will also be possibilities to do follow up trainings.
If you are interested in the training, a detailed program will be sent to you on request.

Trainers: Katarina Felicia Lundgren & Emily Kieson
Price: 3 days €500, 4 days €625, including lunch and snacks.
24-26 (27) January 2019, MiMer Centre, Torna Hällestad Sweden

Trainers: Katarina Felicia Lundgren & Emily Kieson
Price: 3 days $425, 4 days $500, including lunch and snacks.
10-13 May 2019, Oklahoma, USA
The training will be held in English.

Flyer for the training in Sweden in January

Flyer for the training in Oklahoma in May, 2019

Registration Form for the training in Oklahoma (May, 2019)

When the training is held at our own facility, accommodation is available at our hostel, ask for availability and prices. You can find more info about our accommodation options on www.trollskogensvandrarhem.se

25% of the revenue goes towards our trust, that supports research, education, and knowledge spreading about equines and equine assisted therapies.

This training is based on Ilka Parent at Minds-n-Motion (www.mindsnmotion.net) work and model for Psychodynamic Equine Assisted Trauma Therapy (PEATT) and what I have learned through trainings, mentoring and working with her team, how I have developed my work with equines since 2008 together with psychologists/psychotherapists/coaches and trainers in Sweden and Denmark, and the most recent research pertaining horse-human interaction, equine cognition, equine welfare and several other fields that contributes to explain the dynamics between horses and humans, as well as knowledge about equines, equine welfare and wellbeing, with focus on EiT programs.

If you are interested in signing up or have questions, please contact Katarina Felicia Lundgren, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +46 768 95 98 68. or Emily Kieson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +1 (512) 517-5227