Workshops & Resources

Do you want to help your clients, and yourself, find new levels of understanding, insight, healing and growth?  Incorporating interactions and relationships with animals into your approach and environment, through Equine Facilitated Wellness (‘EFW’) and Animal Assisted Therapy (‘AAT’), can do just that.

Part of our vision at Healing Hooves is to provide other professionals and volunteers with information, resources and direction in the areas of EFW and AAT. 

Healing Hooves training workshops have long been recognized andpre approved by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW). They have also met continuing education and certification requirements for many other professional bodies, for many years.   A number of these models are explored at trainings, including the Equine Facilitated Wellness- Canada (formerly NAEFW) model.

Sue McIntosh is a Certified Canadian Counsellor and a Triple Certified EFW Canada Trainer, mentor and practitioner with over twenty years of experience in these fields.  We have been offering trainings at Healing Hooves for over fifteen years.

While our trainings are designed to meet the EFW-Canada core requirements, as per Canadian and International best standards for certification, Healing Hooves is independent of and separate from all professional associations developing and implementing certification programs. 

The Healing Hooves approach is firmly grounded in the developmental and attachment based paradigm of Dr Gordon Neufeld, with whom Sue McIntosh has extensive training and is acting faculty member.

Key aspects of Centred Riding, Connected Riding, Connected groundwork and T-TEAM have been integrated into the Healing Hooves approach and are taught at trainings by our long time equine coach Sue Falkner March.

Resources

We are excited to announce that our therapeutic children's stories, which we have been incorporating into the work at Healing Hooves for many years, are available for purchase. You can buy just one story or (most cost effective) buy them as a package. You can order your copy by e-mailing us at sue@healinghooves.ca

In response to requests from other professionals Healing Hooves has developed a collection of articles about Equine Facilitated Mental Health, Animal Assisted Therapy and the Human Animal Bond aimed at adolescents, parents, caregivers and professionals. Again you can order one or more article of your choice or order them all as a package. You can order your copy directly through the publisher:  www.blurb.ca or e-mail us at sue@healinghooves.ca  for more information.

 

Workshops

1. Explorations in Equine Facilitated Wellness  and Animal Assisted Therapy - New Distance Learning Component!

First step in EFW-Canada national certification programThis small group experiential workshop explores the growing fields of Equine Facilitated Wellness and Animal Assisted Therapy.  This workshop has been offered at Healing Hooves for the past more than ten years and is the first step for anyone interested in learning more about EFW and AAT and/ or about incorporating animals into their work.  While this workshop introduces the work of Dr. Gordon Neufeld and its application to EFW / AAT (the underlying approach at Healing Hooves), and is designed to meet national certification requirements, its focus is broad, and the aim is to explore and introduce a wide range of approaches and theories within the EFW/ AAT fields.

See below for more details and current dates

2. Focus Training in Equine Facilitated Wellness and Animal Assisted Therapy.
Second step in EFW-Canada national certification program
 

The next step in the EFW training experience is a small group intensive and interactive training opportunity for people who want to explore in more depth the many different aspects of working in the field of EFW.  It is offered over 2 separate sessions of six days with an additional distance learning component.  

This training includes opportunities to apply the theories learned to different client populations and scenarios through real life case studies, practice work with the horses, personal growth opportunities and interactions with Healing Hooves volunteers and former clients. 

This training is firmly grounded in and explores the developmental and attachment based approach and paradigm (taught and developed by Dr. Gordon Neufeld www.gordonneufeld.com) which has been integrated into the approach at Healing Hooves.  Relevant aspects of Centered riding, T-Touch and TEAM, Connected groundwork and riding, and natural horsemanship are also incorporated into this training. 

See below for more details and current dates

3. Personal Development Workshops.  

Come join us on a journey of personal discovery, development and growth with our team of two and four legged healers and guides.  So often a day - or perhaps just a moment - with a horse can provide breakthroughs, insight and healing where years of more traditional work has not.  We invite you to come experience the acceptance, rest, empathy and joy that so many others have told us they first felt in the presence of a horse.

Our Personal Development workshops focus on a wide range of themes tailored to the specific needs and goals of each group.  These may include: The Mother/ daughter bond and relationship, finding emotional rest, boundaries and assertiveness, leadership, dependency and needs, finding our own rest and renewal when we are the 'caregiver', anxiety and alarm, feeling safe, frustration, emotional expression, and understanding sensitivity.

See below for more details and current dates

4. Integration Training:  

Final step in EFW-Canada national certification program

The final step of the EFW Canada certification process, this small group training helps you start and/ or enhance your practice in the EFW/ AAT fields through consolidating your learning to date, identifying and addressing any gaps in that learning, and finalising your EFW scope of practice and certification package.  Most importantly of all we give you lots of guided and supported practice working with the horses, clients and each other.  While the primary context in terms of certification requirements is the NAEFW model, there will be flexibility to discuss other models that you may be working towards.   The week will include some individual mentoring time which will count towards the mentoring requirement for EFW Canada certification.  We also review the EFW Canada requirements for grand parenting, mentor and trainer as applicable.

See below for more details and current dates. 

5: EFW Horsemanship Clinic

This training is all about the horse!  Co-facilitated by our equine coach, Sue Falkner March, this workshop will be useful both for EFW practitioners/ candidates and for people who simply want to find more effective and natural ways of connecting and interacting with their horses.

See below for more detail and current dates.

Background

Part of our vision at Healing Hooves is to provide information, resources and direction in the areas of EFW and AAT.  As such we have now been developing and offering training workshops for well over a decade. Healing Hooves training workshops have long been recognized and pre approved by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.  They have also met continuing education and other certification requirements for many other professional bodies, for many years.   A number of these models are explored at trainings, including the Canadian Equine Facilitated Wellness Canada (EFW-Can) (formerly NAEFW) model.  While our trainings are designed to meet the EFW-Can core requirements, as per Canadian and International best standards for certification, Healing Hooves is independent of and separate from all professional associations developing and implementing certification programs. 

The Healing Hooves approach is firmly grounded in the developmental and attachment based paradigm of Dr Gordon Neufeld, with whom Sue McIntosh has extensive training and is acting faculty member.

 

Certification

We are frequently asked whether participants will be 'certified' after completing Healing Hooves Training.  From the outset - and we have been offering training for over ten years! - we have resisted pressure to do this.  We concur with and follow Canadian and international best standards on certification -  International Standard ISO/IEC 17024 - that certification should come from independent and nationally recognised professional associations - and not from the organisations providing the training.  This greatly enhances the credibility of the certification earned and better protects the interests of the people and horses we work with.  You can read more about this subject in The Certification Conundrum.

There are a number of professional bodies in North America that offer and/ or are developing such certification processes which the Healing Hooves training programs are recognised by and qualify towards.  Key among this is Equine Facilitated Wellness -Canada EFW-Can (formerly NAEFW). These are collaborative non profit initiatives involving a wide range of experienced professionals from all aspects of the field. At the Exploration Workshop we review the current status of the various certification options, including the EFW-Can model, and help participants determine the path which best fits their scope of practice and goals in the areas of EFW and AAT.

 

Detailed Workshop Information and Dates:

 

1. Explorations in Equine Facilitated Wellness and Animal Assisted Therapy

Pre Approved by the CCPA

First step in EFW-Canada national certification program

This small group experiential workshop, combined with a distance learning component, presents the theory and explores the growing fields of Equine Facilitated Wellness (EFW) and Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT).   This workshop has been offered in various formats at Healing Hooves for over ten years and is the first step for anyone interested in learning more about EFW/ AAT.  While this workshop introduces the work of Dr. Gordon Neufeld applied to EFW/AAT (the underlying approach at Healing Hooves), is the first training step and presents the national certification model developed by the National Association for Equine Facilitated Wellness, its focus remains broad; the aim is to explore and introduce a wide range of approaches and theories within the EFW/ AAT fields.

This combined training will benefit anyone looking to explore incorporating animals into their work, and covers the following
:


* Safety and risk management

* The human animal bond

* Body awareness and self awareness

* Ethics (including ethics from the perspective of the horse/ other animal)

* Importance of the relationship

* Introduction to a developmental and attachment based approach to counselling within EFW

* Role of the horse as a sentient being and partner

* Scope of practice

* Experiential exercises

* Case studies

* Industry standards, training and certification programs.

This training includes a comprehensive training manual and materials, 15 hours distance learning component, 15 hours (two days) onsite workshop and optional post workshop assignments.  Lunches and refreshments are provided for the onsite portion.

Completion of this course serves as the pre requisite for entering the Healing Hooves Focus Training program described below.

Dates: May 13-14 ,2017

Cost: $575 plus GST including Distance Education - this is the early bird cost applicable for registrations received and paid in full 60 days prior to the start of the workshop. Fee includes all materials plus snacks and lunch for the onsite workshop days.

Location: Healing Hooves, near Calgary, AB.

 

2. Focus Training in Equine Facilitated Wellness and Animal Assisted Therapy: 

A Developmental and Attachment Based Approach

Pre Approved by the CCPA

Second step in EFW-Canada national certification program

This small group intensive training opportunity is for people who have already completed an introductory training.  Offered over two sessions of six days, with additional pre and post distance learning components, this training is firmly grounded in and explores the developmental and attachment based paradigm of Dr. Gordon Neufeld integrated into the Healing Hooves approach.  Aspects of Centered riding, T-Touch, and Connected groundwork are incorporated, co-facilitated by advanced instructors in these fields.  While designed to meet steps 3 and 4 in the EFW Canada training program, this training has been offered in various formats at Healing Hooves for the past five years, can be attended as separate weeks, and separately from any particular certification model.

The learning objectives from this training include:

  • Application of the 'theory' learned in the Exploration workshop to real life client scenarios
  • Opportunities for personal growth work and increased self awareness through EFW exercises and interactions with the horses
  • Exploration of Dr. Gordon Neufeld's attachment and developmental approach to counselling and working with families, and its application and relevance to EFW (session are co-facilitated by a faculty member from the Neufeld institute)
  • Exploration of the importance of the relationship and its application and relevance to EFW
  • Increased understanding of working with children, teenagers and their families in an EFW setting
  • Application of EFW with specific populations and needs including attachment disorders, trauma, abuse, eating disorders, family violence, anxiety, parent-child conflict and high risk behaviours.
  • Exploration of aspects of Centered riding, T-Touch, Connected riding and Natural horsemanship, and their application to EFW (session are instructed by an advanced instructor in these fields)
  • Exploration of practical aspects of EFW including equipment, suitable horses and facilities, insurance, and financial viability
  • Further exploration of safety, risk management and ethical considerations

This training includes a comprehensive training manual and materials, distance learning component, ten days small group onsite workshop, two days guided integration days, and optional post workshop assignments.  Lunches and refreshments are provided for the onsite portions.

Training Dates: June 18-23 and September 17-22, 2017

Total Cost: $2,450 for both weeks plus GST (incl. distance learning).   This is the early bird cost applicable for registrations received and paid in full 60 days prior to the start of the workshop. Fee includes all materials plus snacks and lunch for the onsite workshop days.

Location: Healing Hooves, near Calgary, AB

3. Personal Development Workshops

Come join us on a journey of personal discovery, development and growth with our team of two and four legged healers and guides.  So often a day - or perhaps just a moment - with a horse can provide breakthroughs, insight and healing where years of more traditional work has not.  We invite you to come experience the acceptance, rest, empathy and joy that so many others have told us they first felt in the presence of a horse.

Our Personal Development workshops focus on a wide range of themes tailored to the specific needs and goals of each group.  These may include: Finding emotional rest, boundaries and assertiveness, leadership, dependency and needs, anxiety and alarm, feeling safe, frustration, emotional expression, and understanding sensitivity.

In 2017 we are offering two very special workshops as follows.

Mother and Daughter Weekend 

This year spend a weekend with us - and with each other.  Mothers and daughters share a very special, if sometimes challenging, bond and connection that we believe should be cherised.  This workshop aims to help you do just that - to deepen your understanding of each other, build a stronger relationship and simply enjoy some special time together in a healing environment.

Workshop Dates: To be confirmed

Total Cost: $295 per person plus GST and may qualify for funding under your health plan

Location: Healing Hooves, near Calgary, AB


Care for the Carer Workshop:

Feeling burnt out?  Like nobody is ever there for you? When did you last have a real rest? Come join us for a weekend of rejuvenation and growth, where we take care of you for a change! 

This workshop is aimed specifically for people in the caregiver role either personally, as a parent or as a caregiver for an elderly parent or family member with special needs. It is also for those in professional caregiving roles, be it counsellor, social worker, health care professional, foster parent, teacher or anything else!  If you are in both these roles then you definately need to come to this workshop! Please contact us for more details!

Workshop Dates: To be confirmed

Total Cost: $395 per person plus GST and may qualify for funding under your health plan

Location: Healing Hooves, near Calgary, AB

4. Integration Training

Final step in EFW-Canada national certification program

The final step of the EFW-Canada certification process, this small group training helps you start and/ or enhance your practice in the EFW/ AAT fields through consolidating your learning to date, identifying and addressing any gaps in that learning, and finalising your EFW scope of practice and certification package.  Most importantly of all we give you lots of guided and supported practice working with the horses, clients and each other.  While the primary context in terms of certification requirements is the EFW-Canada model, there will be flexibility to discuss other models that you may be working towards.   The week will include some individual mentoring time which will count towards the mentoring requirement for EFW-Canada certification.  We also review the EFW-Canada requirements for grand parenting, mentor and trainer as applicable. 

Workshop Dates: To be confirmed

Total Cost: $1,250  plus GST early bird cost

Location: Healing Hooves, near Calgary, AB

5. EFW Horsemanship Training

The role and care of the horses in EFW is critical, both in terms of the nature of the experience for the client, and safety and ethical considerations for both client and horse.  While there are many different approaches to working with horses, we have found, and NAEFW have defined, some key philosophies and principals that seem to work best for all involved … and that our horses love! 

We have always incorporated dedicated horsemanship days into our Focus Trainings at Healing Hooves, led by our equine coach and advanced instructor in Centered Riding, TEAM and Connected riding/ groundwork, Sue Falkner March.  This year we are excited to offer a clinic fully dedicated to exploring these horsemanship approaches, how and why to incorporate them into your EFW practice, the specific needs of your EFW horses, and the risks - and benefits - this work can present for them.  The EFW Canada core principals around safety and ethics will be explored in terms of how they impact our relationships and interactions with our horses, both while with clients and behind the scenes.  While this clinic will be 'all about the horse', it will have huge implications for client work as there are so many parallels and cross learnings. 

This clinic will be useful both for EFW practitioners/ candidates and for people who simply want to find more effective and natural ways of connecting and interacting with their horses. 

Just as with our clients, the aim is to understand our horses 'from the inside out', to understand and respond to their underlying needs and concerns, rather than to react to surface behaviours and symptoms.

Workshop Dates: to be confirmed

Total Cost: $395  plus GST

Location: Healing Hooves, near Calgary, AB

All of our trainings and workshops are limited to small group sizes and fill up quickly.  Please contact us at sue@healinghooves.ca to confirm availability and to request a registration form