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Join us for 2+2 days for an introduction on how to implement trauma informed care for humans, horses and/or dogs in Animal Assisted Therapy and Learning Programs.

This event has been developed so that participants can elect to join us for 2 or 4 days, and in recognizing the four-day commitment we have built in a discount. Each day has a specific theme.

Day 1 – Defining Trauma in Humans and how that relate to Trauma in Equines and Canines. We will discuss what trauma is, how we define it, what consequences trauma can bring and how it can affect a beings quality of life, but also start to entangle what we can do about it, and what a trauma informed/sensitive/aware treatment option must entail and what providers need to know and be aware of.

Day 2 – Human psychology versus Equine and Canine Cognition/Psychology. We will not dive into the deeper layers of the human psyche, however we will use it as a comparison to the equine and canine mind, to better understand what we have in common and were we differ. This day will give you the fundamentals of horse and dog cognition (how they perceive the world via their senses, how they learn, think , what they know, what they need to thrive emotionally, cognitively and socially, but also biologically). From having such an awareness we are able to provide our equines and canines with the life that they deserve and thrive in rather than look to keep on treating stress and human induced trauma symtoms 

Day 3 Trauma in Equines and Canines – How do we help them? How does trauma treatment in dogs and horses differ from trauma treatment in humans, how is it similar? What are the signs of trauma in horses and dogs, and what can we do to alleviate their trauma?

Day 4 – How do we work with Animals in Animal Assisted Therapy and Learning Programs? We will give you an insight in how you can work with horses and dogs in animal assisted therapy and learning programs for humans, and at the same time consider their welfare AND growth. We will talk about stress versus eustress, and the importance of taking the whole life of a dog or a horse who works in therapy/learning programs, into consideration, not only the therapy/learning sessions per se. We will also look at what it is with dogs and horses that are beneficial for humans in therapy/learning/growth, and how this kind of therapy and learning programs works. 

The workshop contain a mix of practical and theoretical parts. We will spend time outside with a herd of horses, to practice what we learn. We will especially practice and enhance our observational skills.

Place: Athena – Athena, Wagon Lane TN12 6PT Paddock Wood, Kent, UK
Dates: 25-28 September 2019 8.30-17.00
Price: 2 days: 320 GBP, 4 days: 550 GBP
Number of participants: Minimum 8, Maximum 16
Last day to sign up: I September 2019

Please feel free to contact the workshop leaders if you want to know more about the content. We will also be happy to send you a more detailed program.

Heather Sequeira, PhD (psychology), PTSD Trauma Workshops, UK: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jessie Sams, Animal Behaviourist, Animal Behaviour and Trauma Recovery Service,UK: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Katarina Felicia Lundgren, Equine-Human Cognitive Scientist, MiMer Centre, Sweden.: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tracie J Faa-thompson, Animal Assisted Play Therapist, Turnabout PegasusThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you have questions about location, food, or other questions of local character, contact Jessie Sams at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To sign up, fill in the registration form and return it to Katarina Felicia Lundgren at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registration form for the training (pdf)

More info on Athena: www.facebook.com/pg/www.athenaherd.co.uk, athenaherd.co.uk

Flyer for the training (Pdf)