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October 25, 2020, 09:00 PM

Keeping Families Together: Tools for parenting and working with children from hard places Part 2

A talk by Ann O'Brien and Kendra Twitty

Keeping Families Together: Tools for Parenting and Working with Children from Hard Places (Part 2)

This workshop takes you through the process of understanding how trauma focused therapy principles can be brought to life through playfulness while implementing Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning. While virtually interacting with horses and our treatment team, participants will learn new strategies and skill sets for parenting children with challenging behaviors. This workshop is based on a variety of resources: Dr. Daniel Siegel, “The Whole Brain Child and Brainstorming,” Natural Lifemanship, Bettina and Tim Jobe, Dr. Karyn Purvis, Institute of Child Development, Dr. Bruce Perry’s work, and the works of Drs. Mannarino, Cohen and Deblinger (TF-CBT).

Participants will learn about the traumatized brain and why making a connection with a horse helps parents and children move out of their “Survival Brain and into their “Thinking Brain to achieve an integrated “Whole Brain.” Experiential learning in a safe and supportive relationship with horses provides the opportunity for parents and children to build new healthy neural pathways. During the workshop participants will observe and discuss video recorded sessions demonstrating the work.

Participants will have the opportunity to practice the strategies and skill sets emphasizing self-regulation, co-regulation and mindfulness. Horses welcome connection with people that are regulated, with the ultimate goal of a healthy relationship while keeping families together. NO HORSE EXPERIENCE is expected or necessary… just an open mind to learn and a willingness to connect with yourself and others (including virtual horses and Wallace the Pig).


  1. Participants will identify three engagement strategies for working with children with challenging behaviors.

  2. Participants will explain four self-regulation skills to achieve “Whole Brain” integration.

  3. Participants will learn and be able to explain why horses contribute to the therapeutic process as part of the treatment team.

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