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Interconnected 2020 Curated Collection (24 CE Credits)

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Interconnected 2020 Curated Collection: Critical Foundations of Trauma- and Attachment-Focused Therapy

Welcome to a specially curated collection of presentations from Interconnected 2020, a virtual conference hosted by the Natural Lifemanship Institute, which took place from Oct 21st- 25th, 2020.

This collection covers essential topics for those doing trauma- and attachment-focused work in which they may incorporate equines.  

This collection examines the critical foundations of trauma- and attachment-focused therapy paying special attention to services in which clients interact and build relationships with horses. The selected presentations by experts in the field underscore the imperative of an approach that prioritizes attunement and connection intentionally cultivated by members of the therapy team. The cohering message of these presentations is that attuned connection is both a skill and a state of being that must be practiced, developed, and embodied. The practice and development of these qualities, while promoting healing for the client, is imperative for therapists and the equine professionals who serve as their co-facilitators. The presentations in this collection will deepen your understanding of what is required of highly effective professionals in this work, and how one’s self-development influences the qualities of the connections built with both clients and horses. This collection interweaves a focus on our personal work, our work with clients, and our work with horses. Each presentation in this collection sheds light on a particular aspect of attachment, trauma, the body, therapeutic connection, and the horse-human relationship.

This course includes:

The five conference keynote presentations:

  1. Because the Horse Doesn’t Know Who the Client Is: Why our personal growth matters so much – by Natural Lifemanship cofounders, Tim Jobe and Bettina Shultz-Jobe, LPC, NCC
  2. Becoming a Healing Presence – by Bonnie Badenoch, PhD, LMFT, author of The Heart of Trauma: Healing the embodied brain in the context of relationships
  3. Why Movement Matters – by Mark Taylor, RSMT, Director – The Center for BodyMindMovement
  4. The Emotional Lives of Animals – by Dr. Temple Grandin, PhD, professor of animal science and prominent author and speaker on both autism and animal behavior
  5. Playfulness IS the Treatment – by Robyn Gobbel LCSW, LMSW, RPT-S, founder of the Central Texas Attachment and Trauma Center and both student and teacher of Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB)

Six specially selected conference workshops:

  1. Self in Session – by Kate Naylor, LMFT and Sara Sherman, Certified Gestalt Coach
  2. Hidden in Plain Sight: The signs and symptoms of dissociation (parts 1, 2, and 3) – by Rebecca Hubbard, MS, LMFT, and Reccia Jobe
  3. Trauma-Informed, Somatic, and Attachment-Based Facilitation – by Kathleen Choe, LPC-S and Bettina Shultz-Jobe, LPC, NCC
  4. Doing Attachment-Based Work with Self and in Session (parts 1, 2, and 3) – by Jim Harlow, LPC, Attachment Counselor, TBRI Trainer
  5. Consent and THIS Horse (parts 1 and 2) – by Tim Jobe and Tanner Jobe
  6. “What does THAT Mean? An empathetic approach to observing horse behavior – by Callie King, founder of CRK Training

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe why personal growth is an ethical imperative for practitioners of trauma-focused equine assisted psychotherapy and trauma-informed equine assisted coaching and learning
  2. Describe the essential qualities of attachment-based work
  3. Describe the essential qualities of somatic work
  4. Identify the ways in which trauma-informed, attachment-based, somatic work, and equine-assisted work are mutually supportive
  5. Describe why attunement with the horse is critical to the process of healing 
  6. Identify signs of consent in a horse as well as when those signs are absent
  7. Describe the qualities of effective facilitation for healing trauma and promoting secure attachment
  8. Describe what an equine professional must know and be able to do to effectively partner in trauma-focused equine-assisted psychotherapy sessions

CE Contact Hours

  • Successful completion of this course awards 24 contact hours. There is a 15 question quiz following each 90-minute presentation. Each quiz must be completed with 80% accuracy to pass.
  • The Natural Lifemanship Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP # 6807.
  • This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #: 886743552-1122) for 24 continuing education contact hours.


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