Requirements

The EQUUSOMA™ Training Intensives are geared towards three groups of professionals:

  • Equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning practitioners regardless of approach (whether as the mental health professional, the experiential learning professional, the equine professional, or as someone with cross-training and qualifications in two or more of these categories)
  • Somatic Experiencing® students and practitioners (or those currently training in a related approach1)
  • Health, helping, healing, learning and coaching professionals with a clearly defined scope of practice

Training cohorts will aim to have different combinations of students from the three categories, allowing a rich opportunity for individuals from each background to learn from one another.

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 training in the same calendar year.

Basic Intensive Pre-Requisites

  • Submit a registration package (the packages are found by clicking on each individual event on the Events page)
  • Complete the following readings prior to the training (not required but highly recommended)
    • Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma (Peter Levine)
    • 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)

Note: The Basics Intensive Training is a foundational introduction to the material. Participants are expected to have familiarity in handling horses in an ethical, respectful way. Experiential practice rounds during the training intensives will allow participants to experience each role with the support of an assisting team. Following the intensives, participants with less horse experience will be expected to work with clients in a co-facilitation model with an equine professional in order to practice safely and ethically. Similarly, equine professionals without the requisite human facilitation skills and training are expected to work with a co-facilitator with this scope of practice when offering sessions to clients.

Higher Level Intensive Pre-Requisites

Prior to attending higher level intensives beyond Basics, the following pre-requisites will be required:

Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning Practitioners:

  • Have completed at least 5 personal sessions of Somatic Experiencing® (in person or remote by video/phone) as a client. These sessions can be completed with or without the involvement of horses, and must be documented on the provided log sheet.
    • 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 https://traumahealing.org/session-providers/
    • Equine-focused Somatic Experiencing® sessions: Must be completed with EQUUSOMA™-approved providers. Download the list of approved providers for more details (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.

Somatic Experiencing Students and Practitioners:

  • Have experienced at least 5 personal sessions of equine-assisted psychotherapy or learning as a client. These sessions can be completed from the perspective of any EAPL approach, and must be documented on the provided log sheet.
    • 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. Download the list of approved providers for more details (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.

Other Health, Helping, Healing, Learning, and Coaching Professionals:

  • Have completed at least 5 personal sessions of Somatic Experiencing® (in person or remote by video/phone) as a client. These sessions can be completed with or without the involvement of horses, and must be documented on the provided log sheet. Please see the details listed above for locating approved session providers.
  • Have experienced at least 5 personal sessions of equine-assisted psychotherapy or learning as a client (attendance at a group workshop will be considered as an alternative). These sessions or the workshop can be completed from the perspective of any EAPL approach, and must be documented on the provided log sheet.
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).