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Animal Assisted Psychotherapy with Traumatised People

With Dr Kim Brown, Kelvin Hall, Ella Jones, Mike Delaney

Saturday 27 January 2018 - London

The human and animal bond is a universally accepted dimension of emotional life. Indeed, therapeutic use of the animal-human attachment system, which includes safety, comfort, play and social engagement, has been documented since the 18th century. Today, Animal Assisted Psychotherapy (AAT) is a rapidly growing field - increasingly subjected to research and scientific review (Herzog, 2014). It is used in a wide range of therapeutic interventions, particularly in relation to the needs of people with developmental disabilities and degenerative brain disease, withdrawn or autistic children, prisoners and people with severe psychiatric conditions.

At this conference we are focusing on the use of animals in therapy in work with people suffering from posttraumatic stress disorders, and how the introduction of this third element to the therapeutic relationship is found to reduce the symptoms of PTSD. Our speakers will offer examples from their own clinical experience, and some explanation for therapeutic success. The day will offer an overview of AAT and introduce some neurobiology that helps to explain the animal-human empathic bond.


Dr Kim Brown
Dr Kim Brown is the founder of Nature Therapy CIC which was set up to ensure the benefits of nature are open to all. Kim started work in a psychiatric hospital over forty years ago where she first noticed improvements in the quality of life for patients who were able to spend time outside. Her subsequent career has been spent as a nurse, midwife and teacher who specialised in working with vulnerable children and adults. Kim has always been interested in mental health and researching the impact of nature - this led her to undertaking a MPhil in Research Methodology and a MSc in Health Education... More >>

Kelvin Hall
Kelvin Hall has practiced as a psychotherapist for thirty years. His lifetime pursuit of the art of horsemanship led him to research the phenomena of human relationship to other-than-human life, on which he now writes and presents frequently. He has been a past Chair of Trustees and Chair of the Training Committee at Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling, and has received its Emeritus award... More >>

Ella Jones
Ella Jones is an owner and director of LEAP, and is a key member of the senior therapeutic team. Ella is a psychotherapist and experienced EFP/L practitioner for both individuals and groups. Ella is a graduate of the HEAL (Human Equine Alliance for Learning) facilitator training programme in Washington State, USA, and is co-founder of the LEAP Model of EFP/L. Ella holds a Masters Degree in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy, a Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy and has a private psychotherapy practice in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire... More >>

Mike Delaney
Mike Delaney is an owner and director of LEAP and is a key member of the senior therapeutic team. Mike is a Mental Health/Addictions Specialist with over 35 years experience working with individuals, rehabilitation centres and professional bodies in the UK and internationally. He had a successful career for twenty years as a Registered Nurse Manager and CPN within Mental Health/Learning Disability services and since undergoing treatment for his own addictions in 1996, he has specialised in a range of issues including addictive behaviours, young people who have suffered sexual trauma, co-dependency and relationships... More >>


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Handouts and lunch included
Self-funded: £130
Self-funded x 2: £200
Organisationally-funded: £200

CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6 hours will be provided at the event

8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:00 Lunch break
15:15 Tea
17:00 End