Rhythm and Movement Sessions

Through a brief presentation, a case study, and clinical demonstrations in drumming, music and movement, trauma-informed yoga practices and other somatic activities, participants will learn to incorporate rhythmic, repetitive, relational and regulating interventions into their work with children and families.

Sensory Intervention Sessions

Through a brief presentation, a case study, and clinical demonstrations in relationally-rich somatosensory activities (vision, audition, taste, olfactory, tactile, proprioceptive, vestibular, etc.), participants will learn to designed therapeutic interventions that family members and other professionals can use to enhance children’s sensory processing and integration, as well as to improve self-regulation skills.

Equine Therapy Sessions

Through a brief presentation, a case study, and clinical demonstrations in mounted work, ground work, and grooming activities with horses, participants will learn both how to use horses as therapeutic partners and how to explore ways to cultivate similar experiences for clients without the direct involvement of equine partners.

 

The regulating sensory input from grooming and riding horses, the relational healing provided through the human animal bond, and the opportunity for developing reasoning capacity through unmounted therapeutic activities will be discussed. The combined experience of incorporating equines into the EMDR process will also be explained as a means of providing bilateral stimulation through the horse’s movement.

[Safety caveat – participants must wear closed-toe shoes to participate in any activities with the horses.

Safety caveat – for the safety of both individuals and horses,

participants must weigh 215 lbs. or less to do mounted work in this session.]