Ilka Parent from Minds-n-Motion and I have known each other for many years. We have worked on several projects together. Some time ago we announced a collaboration between MiMer Centre and Minds-n-Motion, with MiMer School offering Minds-n-Motion’s pEATT model (psychodynamic equine assisted Traumatherapy) Module 1 and 3 online.
During our months of recording and at times re-recording our online trainings, we realized the similarities and decided that it would really serve our students – YOU - and by extension also clients and horses to combine and conjoin our trainings: allowing for greater access for a larger population group and overcoming some limitations of being a smaller educational organization. Making it possible to reach more people with both our own and our respective organization’s competencies, skills, knowledge, and experiences.
MiMer Centre’s educational program EiT/L “Equines in Therapy and Learning programs” and Minds-n-Motions program pEATT – “Psychodynamic Equine Assisted Trauma Therapy” – are now both part of one training curriculum, leading to either a certification in Traumatherapy or an accreditation as trauma-informed health care provider/MiMer trainer.
Module 1 has fully integrated EiT/L Level 1. pEATT Module 1 offers the fundamentals and basics of any trauma informed equine assisted interventions: the elements that are involved, the steps necessary to ensure facilitating sessions, the areas of responsibility of each team member. It is for anyone already working in or wanting to work in the equine assisted field, and who takes being trauma informed seriously. It is a fully online module.
Module 2 is a Practical – In-Person training. A 4-day skillset training, to practice all that has been learned in Module 1, expanding it by focusing on resource activation, resource strengthening skills and overall stabilization skills as well as looking at what one “brings to the session”. Since equine assisted interventions of any kind are experiential interventions, a practical part where learned material is tried out and experienced is necessary. Module 2 can be offered anywhere where there are at least 16 students who have taken Module 1 and someone interested in hosting it. Of course we also offer Module 2 at our own respective facilities.
After having completed Module 2 there are choices: those of you who are licensed clinicians in Traumatherapy and possess a valid EMDR certification or those of you who are Equine Professionals and wish to delve deeper into Traumatherapy can pursue a pEATT certification – the model that adheres to the clinical guidelines set forth and governed by licensing boards, the model that has been researched and proven to be effective in the work with people suffering from (complex) PTS(d). Module 3:1 dives further into trauma work and focuses on various trauma confrontation techniques (e.g. EMDR) while also looking at what is necessary for the Equine Profession to become an Equine Behavioral Specialist.
Or you can choose to take Module 3:2 – an accreditation path that is for everyone who wants to learn more about Equine Assisted Trauma Informed Care and how to facilitate it. It contains information about all kinds of trauma (also more severe trauma) and how one can facilitate stabilization (grounding) and resourcing in different ways (e.g. MiMer’s own TS-EAM program – Trauma Sensitive Equine Assisted Mindfulness).
Both Module 3’s are online trainings. And Module 3:2 will contain both EiT/L Level 2 and 3 + new material.
If you take Module 3:1 – you can then get on to the in-person Module 4:1 and get certified in working with pEATT.
If you take Module 3:2 – You can get on to do the in-person Module 4:2 and get accredited as a MiMer Facilitator and Trainer, in mi-EATIC – Module Independent Equine Assisted Trauma Informed Care and in TS-EAM.
Conjoining our trainings in this way makes absolute sense. It makes it possible to reach out with what we are passionate about, trauma informed equine assisted interventions, whether you work trauma sensitively with e.g. mindfulness or you are a licensed trauma therapist working with trauma confrontation - and want to include horses and equine assisted interventions in your work, where the horse is an equal team member and horse’s welfare is an important key component working ethically (and trauma sensitively).
Conjoining our trainings like this is a rather big process in itself, and it will take us some more time to have everything fully integrated. If you are a former student with any of us and want to continue your training with us – or if you are in current trainings with us – in any of our “old systems” – there will be individual solutions offered to you. MiMer’s Level 1-3 online trainings will be open the year out during 2023 for you who prefer to finish what you have started in that. From January 15 we are not taking any new sign-ups for any of the levels of EiT/L Level 1 or 2, or the bundle option for Level 1-3. For those of you who have taken EiT/L Level 1 and 2, the new level 3 will open up January 15 (you will get the “old” Level 3 material, + new material + you will recognize the material from level 2, which you will not have to retake – but you will get new angles on it, through the material that is new to you).
After 2023, the conjoint training will be fully in place and all the old Levels of EIT/L will close.
I am very happy with the hard work Ilka and I have done to piece all of this together. Both our trainings, pEATT and EiT/L have been/are VERY rich and extensive trainings on their own. Together they are a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to be working in truly trauma informed ways in their equine assisted work. This new curriculum, with its 2 optional pathways – is a very comprehensive education, whichever pathway you choose.
More detailed information is on its way. See the above chart for a visual of what the different pathways will include and give you.
Katarina Lundgren, Director of MiMer Centre