july, 2019

11jul(jul 11)09:0014(jul 14)16:00EiT - Equines in Therapy - Level 1Athena Herd CIC, HIgh Lees Farmhouse, Wagon Lane, Paddock Wood, TN12 6PT


Event Details

Are you an Equine Professional and want to work with Equines in Therapy or Learning Programs? Do you already work with EiT programs, but want to enhance your knowledge and skills on equines, their welfare, safety and the role they play in these programs? 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 trauma).

EiT presents an alternative approach to understanding equine-assisted therapies and activities through science and research that supports new and existing models.

The EiT training includes fundamental information that can be applied to every model and method where equines are taking part in therapy and learning programs.

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 on practicing the skill sets and knowledge learned in previous days in a practical setting, but also includes a special section on trauma. The lectures focus on the application of learned knowledge, skills, and perspective in a practice 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 ground between horses and humans is created.
• The mirror neuron theory and why we don’t know if it 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 comparative psychology to know how horse and human differs and effects each other.
• The horse as a subject, why objectification and instrumentalization don’t belong in EiT programs.
• Intersubjectivity theory – addressing the two attachment systems at play 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 you work within your scope of practice.
• 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 and awareness 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, how you stay aware of your own filters, and how you can use and formulate your observations into equine centered 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. A dialogue will be initiated with each interested 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.

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 and learning programs. 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 are also the possibilities to do follow up trainings, this year we offer level 1-3.

If you are interested in the training, a detailed program will be sent to you on request.

Trainers: Trainers: Katarina Felicia Lundgren, B.A., M.S. Student (Cognitive Science) & Emily Kieson, M.S. (Psyc), PgDip (Equine Science), B.S. (Ecology and Evolution), PhD student (Comparative Psychology). ESMHL
Price: 3 days £430, 4 days £540, including lunch and snacks.
Dates: 11-13 (14) July 2019, Athena, Paddock Wood, Kent, UK

The training will be held in English.

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 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 well-being, with focus on EiT programs.

If you are interested in signing up or have questions, please contact Katarina Felicia Lundgren, [email protected], +46 768 95 98 68. or Emily Kieson, [email protected], +1 (512) 517-5227, or read more at: http://mimercentre.org/index.php/education/equines-in-therapy


11 (Thursday) 09:00 - 14 (Sunday) 16:00


Athena Herd CIC

HIgh Lees Farmhouse, Wagon Lane, Paddock Wood, TN12 6PT