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Join us for 1-4 days for an introduction on how to heal trauma in humans, horses and dogs within animal assisted therapies.

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

Day 1 – Introduction day – Defining Trauma in Humans and how that relate to Trauma in Equines and Dogs. 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. The day is lead by Heather Sequeira from PTSDTraumaWorkshops.co.uk.

Day 2 – Human psychology versus Equine and Dog Cognition/Psychology. We will not dive into 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 a result thrive in rather than look to keep treating stress and human induced trauma symtoms The day is lead by Jessie Sams from Animal Behaviour and Trauma Recovery Service,UK, and Katarina Felicia Lundgren, from MiMer Centre, Sweden.

Day 3 Trauma in Equines and Dogs – 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? Jessie Sams from Animal Behaviour and Trauma Recovery Service,UK

Day 4 – Working with Equine Assisted/Facilitated Psychotherapy/Traumatherapy and Learning. The day will give you an insight in how you can work with horses and dogs in animal assisted therapies 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. Katarina Felicia Lundgren, from MiMer Centre, Sweden.

All days, except the first one, contain a mix of practical and theoretical parts. We will spend time outside with a herd of horses, to practice what we learn.

Place: Athena, Wagon Lane TN12 6PT, Paddock Wood, Kent, UK 
Dates: 7-10 of February 2019 8.30-17.00
Price: Per day: 160 GBP, for all 4 days: 550 GBP
Minimum of participants: 8 per day, Maximum of participants 16 per day.
Last day to sign up: 15 of January.

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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jessie Sams: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Katarina Felicia Lundgren: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

f 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 event (pdf). 

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

Flyer for the event (Pdf).