Requirements

The EQUUSOMA™ Basics intensive training is geared towards equine-assisted practitioners regardless of equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning (EAPL) approach.

Somatic Experiencing® students and practitioners (or those currently training in a related approach1 ) are also welcome to attend.

Training cohorts will aim to have different combinations of students from either category, allowing a rich opportunity for individuals from both backgrounds to learn from one another.

Pre-Requisites

  1. Equine-Assisted Practitioners:
    • Have completed training in any approach (or combination of approaches) in EAPL, in the mental health clinician, experiential learning facilitator, or equine professional role, or cross-trained.
    • Have completed at least 10 personal sessions of Somatic Experiencing® (in person or remote) as a client. These sessions can be completed with or without the involvement of horses, will be documented on the provided log sheet, and must be completed within 12 months of the date of the training.
      • Traditional Somatic Experiencing® sessions: Can be completed in person, by phone or by video call with any Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute-approved providers worldwide. Visit the list of approved providers at www.traumahealing.org
      • Equine-focused Somatic Experiencing® sessions: Must be completed with EQUUSOMA™-approved providers.  Visit the list of approved providers at www.equusoma.com (if you know of someone who meets the criteria but is not listed, they must be pre-approved prior to completing your sessions with them).
      • Alternative: Attending a 2-day Somatic Experiencing®-focused EAPL workshop will be considered an equivalent for 5 hours of personal sessions. Should there not be any SE™-focused EAPL that is accessible, EAPL sessions or workshops that incorporate Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Self-Regulation Therapy, Somatic Transformation, or another SE™-related approach will be considered for equivalency. Please submit for approval prior to attending.
  2. Somatic Experiencing Students and Practitioners:
    • Be in the process of completing or have completed Somatic Experiencing® training (or related approaches; see footnote below).
    • Have experienced at least 10 personal sessions of equine-assisted psychotherapy or learning as a client. These sessions can be completed from the perspective of any EAPL approach, will be documented on the provided log sheet, and must be completed within 12 months of the date of the training.
      • EAPL sessions: Can be completed from the perspective of one approach, or a combination of approaches, with one or different providers. These do not necessarily have to involve Somatic Experiencing®.
      • Equine-focused Somatic Experiencing® sessions: Must be completed with an EQUUSOMA™-approved provider. Visit the list of approved providers at www.equusoma.com (if you know of someone who meets the criteria but is not listed, they must be pre-approved prior to completing your sessions with them).
      • Alternative: Attending a 2-day EAPL workshop will be considered an equivalent for 5 hours of personal sessions.

Both Categories:

  • Completing the following readings prior to the training is highly recommended:
    • Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma OR In An Unspoken Voice (Peter Levine)
    • Nurturing Resilience (Kathy Kain and Stephen Terrell)
    • Language Signs and Calming Signals in Horses (Rachaël Draaisma)
    • Horses in Company (Lucy Rees)
  • Attending the training with the person you co-facilitate equine-assisted programs with (or plan to co-facilitate with) is encouraged to integrate the material. A 10% discount is offered to pairs of co-facilitators who register for the same training.
  • A team of training assistants will be on hand to offer personal sessions during the intensive, should you be unable to complete all 10 prior to the start of day 1 (or for your own personal support during the training). However, depending on the number of assistants and students, only a limited number of SE™ session spots will be available (EAPL sessions may be possible depending on the training venue). Students are highly encouraged to complete the majority of the required hours before coming. Should a student be unable to complete the 10 sessions prior to the training, the log sheet will be still be required before obtaining the certificate of completion.
1 Similarly-trained professionals are those who are undergoing training that is related in theory and practice to Somatic Experiencing®, such as Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Self-Regulation Therapy, Somatic Transformation, Organic Intelligence, Somatic Resilience and Regulation: Early Trauma (SRR), and DARe (Somatic Attachment).