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SDPA CE Event - Value and Efficacy of Equine Assisted Experiential Modalities

  • 11/12/2017
  • 10:00 AM
  • Reins of Change in Rancho Santa Fe


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Presented by Renee Sievert, RN, MFT, Master Equus Facilitator



The goals of this workshop are to provide a deeper understanding of the value and the variety of equine assisted activities for clients, identify local equine assisted activity resources, and explore ways to collaborate with equine facilitators to assist clients with trauma, substance abuse, and assist health professionals suffering burnout and compassion fatigue.

The bond between humans and horses dates back thousands of years. Horses are highly intuitive animals, keenly aware of the slightest energetic or emotional shift. Unlike most adults, who have been socially trained to relate to life through stories, judgments, or an inner dialogue, horses only reflect the truth of the present moment. Therefore, they consistently mirror back the energetic and behavioral patterns that humans communicate. Horses give instant and honest feedback about the positive and negative communication and behavioral patterns around them. 

Attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of the value and variety of equine assisted activities available for application to mental health conditions, the equine-assisted activity resources available locally, how to identify a qualified practitioner of equine facilitation and ways to collaborate with equine facilitators to increase supportive, experiential activities for their clients to augment their mental health treatment/therapy.


  • Describe the evidence-based value of interactions with horses as a therapeutic modality for treatment of mental health disorders, particularly trauma
  • Describe the variety of equine assisted activities available for use with clients & families and identify equine activities appropriate for use in trauma, family conflict, addiction and burnout
  • Observe how the presence of the horse enables a client to interact with the world around them in a way that may not be possible with traditional talk therapy.
  • Describe how equine assisted activities may improve a client’s observation skills and capacity for mindfulness
  • Identify local resources where equine activities are available. Identify differences in training and certification for different types of equine facilitators
  • Describe three ways to collaborate with equine facilitators in mental health treatment

Course Level: introductory 

Target Audience:  therapists interested in how equine assisted activities may contribute to mental health treatment

RENEE SIEVERT, RN, MFT, Master Equus Facilitator

With over 30 years in the healthcare field, Renee specializes in consulting, teaching, and coaching in the areas of leadership and team development. She travels nationwide to design and facilitate Equus team-building workshops where participants are introduced to a unique way of assessing self-awareness, leadership presence, communication skills, and team dynamics as they interact with horses.  Renee also provides equine-assisted activities for adults, adolescents, couples, and families in the San Diego area.  Renee holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and is a Registered Nurse, with advanced certification in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing and HIV/AIDS.  She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in California and provides clinical education on a variety of topics including Motivational Interviewing, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Co-Occurring Disorders, Crisis Intervention and Ethics. Renee is a Certified Daring Way™ and Rising Strong Facilitator, a member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), and the International Coach Federation (ICF).

For more information about Equus Coaching and Equine Facilitated Activities, watch this 3 minute video:  https://www.youtube.com/embed/fOnQI7zZEXA

For information about Equus Leadership and Team Building, watch this video https://vimeo.com/132615722

Attendance Policy: CE Credit and Certificates will not be issued to those who arrive later than 15 minutes or leave early from any course scheduled time. This policy is highly enforced to ensure compliance with APA Guidelines.

Cancellation Policy:  No refund will be given to any registered individual who is a no-show to a course. Any individual canceling within 72 hours of a course will be charged 50% of the course fee.

Contact Us:
San Diego Psychological Association
4699 Murphy Canyon Rd.  Suite 105
San Diego, CA 92123

Diana Garza
Office Manager
(858) 277-1463
Fax (858) 277-1402

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