Keynote: Cultivating Safety for Humans and Animals in Animal-Assisted Therapy

Merksplas, Belgium

Keynote presentation:

Cultivating Safety for Humans and Animals in Animal-Assisted Therapy

We often talk about the importance of creating a “safe space” for those we work with. But what does this mean, exactly? Safety is more than just the absence of danger; it is a relational and nervous system experience that has a particular felt sense in the body. In this keynote presentation, Sarah Schlote will introduce the concept of safety and attachment security from the standpoint of the polyvagal theory, Somatic Experiencing, and interspecies neurobiology. Interoception, exteroception, and neuroception will be presented as core components of working clinically with humans and other species, especially in a trauma-informed context. Experiential activities will allow attendees to explore their own felt sense and to track state shifts in the nervous system.


Congres Beter Met Paarden – voor therapeuten en coaches

Merksplas, Belgium
July 2, 2022
9:30am to 5:30pm

General information:


All 4 waves of ticket sales have sold out!

Sarah is teaching a private 3-day event from July 3-5, 2022 in Belgium to go deeper with the material. See this event listing for more details (coming soon).