EQUUSOMA® Level 2 Practical Intensives I and II – Australia 2023/24

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA

Registration for the EQUUSOMA® Level 2 Practical Intensives in QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA is for students who have completed the Level 1 online modules and are ready to proceed. Students do not have to have completed all the additional Level 1 requirements (personal sessions, case consults, and assignment consults) in order to come to Level 2; however, completion of these additional requirements is necessary to obtain certificates of completion for each Level and to obtain the ESP designation.

If you have not yet registered for and completed Level 1 (online), please do so here. If you are registering for Level 1 Online in 2023, the Level 2 dates below do not apply (the earliest you may be eligible to register for Level 2 will be 2024).

Details

Location: Equine Assisted Therapy Australia (Tallebudgera Valley)

Official licensing via Somatic Experiencing® International. EQUUSOMA® is an independent offering and does not constitute an equivalent to Somatic Experiencing® training.

Dates and tuition:

  • EQUUSOMA Practical Intensive I: October 29-November 3, 2023 ($2,850 CAD)
  • EQUUSOMA Practical Intensive II: March 3-8, 2024 ($2,850 CAD)

Dates may be subject to change pending registration numbers. See Payment section below for details.

Level 2 Program Overview

Each practical intensive is made up of 2 components: a 2-day immersion workshop experiencing EQUUSOMA® as recipients/clients (as opposed to learners), followed by 4 days of training.

Practical Intensive I (41 hours)

  • 2-Day Workshop: Many Hands and Hooves of Support™: “When we feel held, we can let go.” This workshop provides students with an opportunity to receive support for whatever their bodies may be carrying into the practical intensive, to help set the conditions for learning for the training portion of the practical intensive. The workshop offers group and individual process time on the theme: “what support do I need?” Students will experience working with thresholds and pendulations related to the vulnerability of having and voicing needs and requesting support, at their own titrated pace. Opportunities will be provided to experience social coherence and “being held” by the interspecies group field, through intentional attention, proximity, consensual physical contact, and coregulating SE™ touch while seated, standing, or on a treatment table in the presence of equines (based on student consent/choice and availability). Equines have the freedom to participate or not based on their own needs, in this nature-based adaptation of an SE™ touch tradition.
  • 4-Day Training: The training portion of the practical intensive will provide more detailed information about equine-human trauma recovery, reviewing principles and concepts taught throughout Level 1 as a refresher. Students will experience how to work with anticipatory activation, titration, and thresholds when approaching relational boundaries and exploring consensual touch (or no touch), both human to human and with equines. An introduction to somatic touch skills is provided. Students will work on honing their observational skills for tracking subtle and more obvious signs of activation, shutdown, and social engagement, as well as voluntary and involuntary micromovements and preparatory actions related to incomplete or thwarted responses in equines and humans. Biological completion (physiological renegotiation) and dyadic completion (relational renegotiation) will be reviewed, within the context of SE™, nervous system theory, and attachment theory related to humans and equines in various contexts (such as EAPL, horsemanship, horse training, riding, equine behaviourism, clicker training, equine bodywork, and so on). Students will be introduced to the 7 actions of SE™ and their application. Practice rounds of equine-human trauma recovery will further allow students to explore facilitation/co-facilitation with the support of training assistants, applying the principles and concepts they learned throughout Level 1.

Practical Intensive II (41 hours)

The second practical intensive has the same breakdown as the previous one, with a second round of 2 days of Many Hands and Hooves of Support™, followed by the 4-day training portion:

  • 4-Day Training: Day 1 will focus on reviewing equine-human trauma recovery, as well as a refresher practice round as a soft entry into the training portion of the intensive. The remainder of the module will explore the 9 steps of SE™ in relation to humans and equines (biological completion and physiological renegotiation pertaining to orienting/fight/flight/freeze/fold); adaptations when relational trauma is intertwined (dyadic completion and relational renegotiation pertaining to find/fawn); the activation cycle and nervous system theory in practice; and adapting the Humane Hierarchy and operant conditioning through an SE/nervous system/attachment theory lens. The 7 actions of SE™ will be revisited and further refined. Students will also learn how unresolved trauma can show up in or influence EAPL, round pen experiences, groundwork, equestrian disciplines, and clicker training. 3 methods of pressure-release will be reconsidered through the lens of SE™, nervous system theory, and attachment theory, and a map for when each might be used and how they might be adapted in service of biological and relational renegotiation (as opposed to behaviour shaping) will be provided. Additional areas of exploration include social coherence; working with incomplete fight responses; clarity of intention and attention in relation to invitational language and somatic inquiry; refining the sandwich model in practice; and an introduction to the periphery to core model of titration to further refine student titration skills when working with thresholds and the vortices. Practices will explore what comes up in the process of approaching relationship with the intention of haltering and leading (or not), with a focus on renegotiation for both species. Practice rounds of equine-human trauma recovery will further allow students to explore facilitation/co-facilitation with the support of training assistants.

To Register

  • Contact Kim at liaison@equusoma.com if you have any questions and to request a copy of the 2022 EQUUSOMA Policy Handbook to review, if you do not have one already
  • Complete the registration form in either Letter or A4 format and send it to Jen at info@equusoma.com
  • Complete and submit the October 2022 updated Student Agreement if you have not done so previously, in either Letter or A4 format to Jen at info@equusoma.com.

Payment

Payment is required along with your registration form to reserve your spot in the program. The deadline to pay the first instalment is August 30, 2023, with the second instalment due 7 days before the first day of the intensive.

Scholarship spots for Level 2 practical intensives in 2023-2024 are not a guarantee, and are dependent on registration numbers given the higher expenses involved in running in-person trainings at equine facilities.

Deposit

Registration is first come, first served and spots may fill before the August 30 deadline. If you want to secure a spot before then, you may either submit an instalment right away or pay a deposit of $500 CAD. This deposit is 100% refundable if the event is postponed or if you cancel prior to August 30. The deposit is non-refundable for any cancellations occurring on or after August 30.





Instalments

If you wish to pay a first instalment with or without a deposit, please contact Jen at info@equusoma.com to request a custom PayPal invoice.

We look forward to seeing you soon!