Build A Connected Brain

A course designed to revolutionize your practice using science and ingenuity.

“Build A Connected Brain” is a CE approved, self-paced course that includes hours of guided education and video demonstrations with and without our beloved horses.

These videos are part of our popular Essential Connection Kits, and were created to give you a science-based approach to building a more regulated and connected brain.

Developed by our team of mental health professionals, and based on Dr. Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model, this course helps you to incorporate what Dr. Perry refers to as “bottom-up regulation” through activities that engage and organize each functional region of the brain in a sequential fashion.

While this course does not include the downloads and tools used in the videos, you will gain a deep understanding of how and why each tool is used to regulate different parts of the brain. You can then choose which tools to purchase or create on your own.

What does a connected brain mean?


When we speak of connection we are speaking both literally and figuratively.

Literal neuronal connections throughout our entire brain and body are what allow a free flow of information between different regions of the brain and between the brain and body––something often referred to as brain integration.

An integrated brain and body is what makes secure attachment and healthy, connected relationships possible. An integrated brain IS akin to secure attachment. However, the relational neurosciences teach us that toxic stress, trauma, and attachment wounding greatly compromise and disorganize neuronal connections. This disorganization results in dysregulated body sensations, emotions, cognitions, and more, which greatly impacts the ability to securely connect (in a figurative sense).

When we utilize activities and techniques for building organized neuronal connections throughout the brain and body, we make connection with self, others, and the world around us possible.

How does this impact your work with clients?


When confronting and processing trauma and increased stress, regulation of the brain, body, and nervous system is compromised. This is the case for both children and adults. Neurologically, the lower regions of the brain must be regulated first in order for a person to regain a sense of calm connection and move toward healing.

The contents in this course include science-based processes and activities for calming and connecting the entire brain and body—so the healing work begins sooner, goes deeper, and lasts longer.


What: Build a Connected Brain (11.5 CE credits available)

When: Online, self-paced course

Why: Regulation is essential to supporting clients in healing from the effects of stress and trauma.


$175 ($69 for members)

”I have been a therapist for over ten years. Natural Lifemanship is the best therapeutic model that I have integrated into my practice. The Essential Connection Kit provided me with the science and practical instruction to immediately improve my skills as a therapist with an equine partner or without.”

— Christi Lundby, LPC-S, LCDC

This course is for you if…

  • You work with clients in overcoming the effects of stress and trauma
  • You want to learn more about bottom-up regulation and how to apply it
  • You want to learn more about the neurological components to healing
  • You prefer a self-paced learning experience

Here’s what you can expect

Video Demonstrations

11.5 hours of video demonstrations where our seasoned professionals teach you techniques and activities to reorganize the brain from the bottom to the top—often referred to as bottom-up regulation. Videos include demonstrations with and without horses.

Didactic Learning

You will learn about each functional area of the brain and how to promote neural integration in each region and throughout the entire brain. This will help your clients go from a reactive, disconnected state to a state that is calm and connected.

Suggestions for Incorporating Tools

Learn to use specific science-based tools to enhance your work with clients. Most tools can be used with or without horses, in a traditional office setting, or outside in nature.

No Travel Required

With our video lessons, you avoid the expense and time it takes to travel to an in-person training.

Earn CE credits

Earn 11.5 CE credits through NBCC and NAADAC.

What Will I Learn?

Module 1: Essential Foundations

  • Trauma Informed Care: An Overview
  • Bottom-up Regulation and Neural Integration
  • Bottom-up Regulation: Where it Starts and Why It’s Hard
  • Regulation Schedules
  • Left & Right Brain Hemispheres
  • Left Brain – Right Brain in the Horse World


Module 2: Brainstem

  • Brainstem Review
  • Words for Body Sensations
  • Visual Rhythm
  • Auditory Rhythm
  • Touch or tactile rhythm
  • Olfactory Rhythm
  • Regulation through rhythmic passive movement

Module 3: Diencephalon

  • Diencephalon Review
  • Objects that don’t make sound
  • Objects that do make sound
  • Touch with Music
  • Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) basics
  • Taking EFT Deeper

Module 4: Limbic System

  • Limbic System Review
  • Music
  • Poetry and Children’s Books
  • Storytelling and Shared Experience
  • Connection with Others
  • Touch
  • Bandana

Module 5: Neocortex

  • Neocortex Review
  • Breathing
  • Eyesight
  • More Deeply Engaging the Neocortex
  • Buzz Ring for Integration
  • Skill Cards
  • emWave

BONUS content also included: Demonstration of Selected Tools with Horses
(5 hours of content)

“These are fundamental tools that give clients a ‘language’ (sound, movement) that makes sense of their world. These tools help me see, without the pressure of words, the client’s trauma. Essential for trauma work!!”

— Jan Stump, MSW PEACE Ranch

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