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Seminars, conferences and online resources on psychotherapy and human relationships
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
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With Dr Neil Brener, Dr Kim Brown, Dr Jemma Hockley, Mike Delaney

Saturday 23 January 2016

09.30   Registration and coffee
10.00   Dr Neil Brener

Equine Assisted Therapy as an effective treatment for addiction
Dr Neil Brener is a Consultant Psychiatrist specialising in addiction treatment at The Priory Hospital, North London. He is a keen horse rider and a dressage competitor. In addition he is a member of the National Theatre Development Council and a Director on the board of the production company 'National Angels' which was instrumental in transferring War Horse to both the West End and Broadway. He has become extremely interested in how Equine Assisted Therapy (EAP) helps patients with addictions in achieving and maintaining recovery. A successful EAP programme has been running at the Priory Hospital for a number of years now and he will talk about why it is so effective.
11.00   Coffee
11.30   Mike Delaney

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for children who have suffered sexual trauma
This presentation will give an account of a large piece of work carried out over one year by Mike Delaney and Ella Jones at LEAP Equine Therapeutic Centre, funded by Children in Need and supervised by Dr Dawn Fisher, Consultant Forensic Psychologist. The recipients were children who had suffered sexual trauma and had become sexually harmful to others, necessitating removal from families and placement in residential or foster care. The young people were kept in a semi-secure environment. They attended special schools and received Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and counselling as part of their therapeutic programme. We will discuss the resulting improvement in their self-esteem, confidence, empathy, resilience and communication.
12.45   Lunch
14:00   Dr Kim Brown

The meaning practitioners and clients give to Guided Human Equine Interactions (GHEI)
In an analysis of discourses used to account for equine involvement in therapy five dominant themes surfaced across three studies (metaphysical, sensory, social, mental distress and symbolic). These discourses served differing functions and woven together, form a discursive framework that accounts for the meaning practitioners and clients give to GHEI. This incorporates not only the cognitive, affective and behavioural elements seen in mental health interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), but also includes the added dimensions of spiritual, sensory and symbolic meaning. The insights gained suggest the horse has an impact, not only on the spatial distancing between the client and practitioner, but also on their relational distancing. We will consider the results of this study.
15.15   Tea
15.30   Dr Jemma Hockley

What are the horses doing? Encouraging observation, reflection and action
Like humans, horses are social animals, with defined roles within their herds. They provide vast opportunities for metaphorical learning, an effective technique when working with even the most challenging individuals or groups. Horses naturally respond to the emotional issues people bring to sessions, issues which are often displayed in their interactions with the horse. This allows the therapist a unique insight into a client's individual difficulties and creates an environment where the horses can then support both the client and therapist in working towards change. This presentation will be a description of the work of our work at Strength in Horses to engage children and adolescents with complex emotional, behavioural and learning needs. Using case examples we will discuss how an equine specialist, a mental health professional, and horse can work together to bring about therapeutic change.
16.45   Plenary
17.00   End

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Certificates of attendance for 5 hours will be provided at the event

8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:00 Coffee
12:45 Lunch
15:15 Tea
17:00 End