Horses are highly intuitive animals, keenly aware of the slightest energetic or emotional shift. Most adults are socialized to relate to life through stories, judgments, or inner dialogue. Horses reflect the present moment's truth and give instant and honest feedback about the energetic and behavioral patterns that humans communicate.
Equine-assisted activities are particularly useful in building trust, healing trauma, strengthening personal relationships and self-worth, and improving communication skills.
Why horses? Horses are prey animals, and as such, they are highly sensitive, continually scanning the environment for safety. When they feel safe, they can relax, eat, and rest. This behavior is not much different than what a traumatized human experiences.
As superb co-facilitators, horses provide immediate nonverbal feedback to the client. This feedback helps them stay in the present moment, become more grounded, and begin to be open to trust and connection.
Equine-assisted activities can be an exceptional adjunct to traditional psychotherapy. Therapists and clients can discuss and refer to equine session experience for a long time in their ongoing treatment.
Equine activities foster mindfulness, presence, and skill development helpful to clients with mental health conditions, couples and families, organizational teams, and cooperate leaders.
This workshop aims to provide a deeper understanding of the value and the variety of equine-assisted activities for clients and explore ways to collaborate with equine facilitators to assist clients with trauma, substance abuse, relational, or family issues.
1. Participants will identify three equine-assisted activities available to support clients with emotional or relational challenges.
2. Participants will observe how the horse's presence enables a client to interact with the world around them in a way that may not be possible with traditional talk therapy.
3. Participants will describe how equine-assisted activities may improve a client's observation skills and capacity for mindfulness.
About our presenter, Garet Bedrosian
Garet Bedrosian is a consummate student of life and strives to be present, gracious, and curious in all interactions.
She is an Author, a Master Facilitator Equus Coach, a member of the International Imago Relationship Faculty, and the International Bioenergetic Analysis Faculty. She has presented at local, national, and international conferences as a keynote speaker and workshop presenter.
Garet lives on a ranch in Ramona, CA, with her partner Kevin, two dogs, three cats, 12 horses, and five donkeys. As a Master Facilitator Equus Coach, she facilitates individuals, groups, and organizations in the most organic way to discover their passions and the path through the challenges of their relationships, teams, and leadership capabilities.
Garet has over 25 years of experience training therapists in Bioenergetic Analysis and Imago Relationship Therapy and teaching at various colleges and universities.
She also enjoys facilitating Imago Relationship Workshops for couples and individuals and has 35 years of clinical experience with diverse people struggling with various mental, emotional, and addictive challenges.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Licensed and Pre-licensed clinicians and educators.
This course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. SDNC-CAMFT CEP#128622
SDNC-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. CEP#128622. SDNC-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
Following the event, Course Completion Certificates will be emailed to each participant who has successfully completed the poll. Attendance will be taken at the beginning and end of the meeting.