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The 8th Annual Gathering on Equine-Assisted Learning and Equine-Assisted Mental Health Best Practices The Gathering is dedicated to bringing committed professionals together to explore, discover, and develop their best practices in the fields of Equine-Assisted Learning and Equine-Assisted Mental Health. Speakers and presenters will gather from near and far to provide a platform for sharing experiential, theoretical, and foundational knowledge and experiences in their fields of expertise. Dates: May 16-19, 2011 Times: May 16 – 2 pm start time / May 19 – 3 pm end time Location: Chauncey Ranch – Mayer, Arizona Registration Fee: $650.00 (All inclusive fee: ranch accommodations, meals, and materials) $450 P.C. Students (All inclusive fee: ranch accommodations, meals, and materials)

CEU/Clock Hours Available: $25 (advanced registration required) REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Postdated May 1st 2010 (registration are still being accepted) Further Information about the Gathering: Nina Ekholm Fry, 928-350-2275 / /

Keynote speakers are Dr. Allan Hamilton and Dr. Jane Hamilton. The topic of the Hamilton’s presentation is: “Right Brain, Right Horse” – Exploring the scientific, psychological, and spiritual lessons behind the unique connections among horses and humans; how we can learn from these lessons to help transform lives. Dr. Allan Hamilton, a Harvard-trained brain surgeon and a Professor in Neurosurgery, and his wife, Dr. Jane Hamilton, a clinical psychologist, run a small ranch on the outskirts of Tucson, Rancho Bosque, where they raise Lipizzan horses and pasture-raised pedigree Angus cattle. The Hamilton’s have developed programs for troubled youth, cancer patients, physicians, and business leaders with equine-assisted experiences. Their partnership as husband and wife and horseman and psychotherapist has been featured in Western Horseman, Equus, Practical Horseman as well as on PBS, CNN, and NBC television. They have held equine clinics across the United States and abroad.

Workshop Presentations: The Physiology of the Horse-Human Bond as Revealed by Heart Rate Variability, Brain Waves and the Energy Healing Process with Ann Linda Baldwin, PhD In this workshop, participants will: Experience how heart and brain wave frequencies reflect emotional, mental and spiritual states. Learn what cutting edge scientific research reveals about two different types of energy healing and how interacting with horses can replicate the effects of energy healing on heart rhythm. Develop sensitivity to energy field interactions, with the help of mental exercises and simple technology, to deepen communication with horses and others. Ann Baldwin is a Research Professor of Physiology with joint appointment in Psychology at the University of Arizona, and director of Mind-Body-Science. Horses as Yogis: Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy and Yoga for Trauma with Nancy Coyne, MD This workshop focuses on the experiential practice of yoga with horses to learn how to incorporate this ancient practice with equine facilitated psychotherapy. Nancy Coyne is a board certified psychiatrist and trauma specialist, and provides equine facilitated psychotherapy. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy in Private Practice with Molly DePrekel, MA, LP This workshop addresses the nuts and bolts of private practice, including equines in therapy work. CPT billing codes, insurance and treatment planning are also discussed. This workshop is a combination of lecture, small group discussion, and participant participation. Participants are engaged in interactive exercises and small group discussions. Molly DePrekel is a licensed psychologist in private practice at the Midwest Center for Trauma and Emotional Healing, as well as at Featherbrook farm.

Mind & Body-Based Interventions in Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy w/ Molly DePrekel, MA, LP This workshop engages participants in interactive exercises that can be applied to Mental Health practice. Through discussion, experiential activities, play and equine work, participants will have a basic knowledge of how to apply interactive exercises to their work in Equine-assisted Psychotherapy. The principles of somatic practice, mindfulness, and expressive arts will be addressed. Participants will engage in activities that involve TTouch, Yoga Calm, Sensimotor Psychotherapy, and play. Molly DePrekel is a licensed psychologist in private practice at the Midwest Center for Trauma and Emotional Healing, as well as at Featherbrook farm. Equine-Assisted Transpersonal Psychology for At-Risk Youth: Fostering Connection to Something Greater Than the Self with Mica Graves, MA and Max Woodfin The Rocky Mountain Equi-Rhythm program partners with schools in Boulder, Colorado to harness the power of relationships with nature, animals, and people to promote personal growth, enhance the school atmosphere, and improve student performance. Respect for all life forms and an understanding of interconnectedness provide the basis for establishing group behavioral norms. A mix of equine-assisted activities, service learning, and circle time increase youths’ awareness, sense of self, personal responsibility, and empathy for others. Workshop participants learn about developing programs for school groups and will engage in sample activities. Mica Graces works at Rocky Mountain Equi-Rhythm as well as in private practice with equine-assisted activities and therapy. Max Woodfin is a Master’s student in the Transpersonal Counseling Psychology program at Naropa University and works at Rocky Mountain Equi-Rhythm. Treating Trauma Utilizing Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy with E. Rand Gurley, LCSW, Psy.D Description coming soon E. Rand Gurley is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice. She is the President of Healing Partner's Equestrian Program, a non-profit providing equine facilitated psychotherapy to all populations that are appropriate. Using Conceptual Models to Enhance EAL with Pam McPhee, MS The focus of this workshop is to explore designing and implementing sessions using models and theories as a framework. Conceptual models that will be highlighted are: resiliency for people living with cancer, Theory U for Relational Leadership, and Emotional Intelligence (EI) for people in corporations. Pam McPhee a faculty member at the University of New Hampshire and the director of The Browne Center, working with populations such as corporations, non-profits, school administrations and governmental agencies who are looking to improve the human side of their work. She has worked for the National Outdoor Leadership School, Outward Bound, and the Wilderness Education Association. Objective Measurements of Effects of Equine-assisted Interactions with Patricia Pendry, PhD Drawing from developmental, social cognitive and psychobiological perspectives, this workshop is designed to provide practitioners with dynamic, hands-on experiences on how to incorporate measurement in participants’ existing equine assisted interventions. Particular emphasis is placed on salivary sampling techniques in naturalistic settings for the purpose of measuring individual changes in physiological functioning, such as the production of stress hormones (e.g., cortisol). A mixture of direct instruction, hands-on practice of salivary sampling, group work, feedback, and critical reflection will help participants strengthen their knowledge about objective measurement, and its value in demonstrating positive contributions of equine assisted practices. Patricia Pendry is a developmental psychologist and faculty member of the Human Development Department at Washington State University.

Turning Treatment and Educational Goals into Session or Lesson Plans with Susanne S. Haseman MEd, LCMHC, CEIP-MH This workshop uses discussion and practice in session/lesson design, thus helping participants move from therapy and education goals to attaining the desired outcomes in actual sessions. Participants learn a process they can use to develop long range and short term plans for actual sessions or lessons and will consider the components of selecting activities, equines, settings, interpersonal interactions, processing, and outcome measurement. Participants practice the process in large and small groups, and then discuss how it can be adapted to their own practice. Susanne Haseman, is a licensed clinical mental health counselor in private practice providing animalassisted therapy and equine-assisted therapy. Chemical Dependency and EAMH with Nancy Waite-O’Brien, PhD, CEIP-MH Equine-Assisted Therapy can assist alcoholics and addicts reconnect with sensations and feelings that have been blocked by long-term use of addictive substances. This workshop presents a model that demonstrates the power of addictive disease and helps patients become aware of information available to them through physical and emotional awareness. Nancy Waite-O’Brien is a licensed psychologist and a Certified Equine Interaction Professional – Mental Health. She has a private practice in Palm Desert, California and provides Equine Assisted Therapy to Michael’s House, a drug and alcohol treatment center in Palm Springs, California. Horses as Mental Health Therapy Partners: On Love, Lies, and a Fair Shake with Joanne Tortorici Luna, PhD, LP What makes for a fair and ethical relationship with the horse as a work partner? This interactive workshop explores ethical issues in working with horses as co-therapists. Popular human beliefs about “anthropomorphism” are examined in light of existing literature and field experiences. Using scenarios, groups of participants will discuss ethical dilemmas and begin to identify recommendations. Joanne Tortorici Luna is a licensed psychologist and a Professor at California State University, Long Beach. Mindfulness, the Threat Response & the Brain with Shannon Knapp, MA, and Tracy Weber, PhD Mindfulness requires both serenity & concentration; in a threatened state, people are much more likely to be 'mindless'.” How can we support our clients in change? By providing them with opportunities to recognize both the Threat Response and Mindful Attention in their lives. We'll look at recent research about Mindfulness & the Brain, and how Equine Assisted Practices can enhance learning & support change, then we'll play with these ideas in practice with horses. Shannon Knapp is founder and president of both Horse Sense of the Carolinas, Inc., and Horse Sense Business Sense, LLC, as well as a graduate advisor for Prescott College’s Equine-assisted Learning program. Tracy Weber is the founder of Kaleidoscope Learning Circle, LLC, as well as an advisor for Prescott College, Northwood University, Michigan State University and Rochester Institute of Technology. Storytelling and Equine-assisted Learning with Lynn Baskfield, MA Storytelling is an ancient art that kept the soul of the people in indigenous cultures alive. Today, with the emphasis on sound bites and bullet points, it is easy to forget the power of our stories. When we tell stories about our experiences with the horses, it is a way to honor what happened, recognize the insights and shifts that occurred, and keep the learning alive in real life. In this workshop, attendees will be able to recognize the elements that make a story work and hone a story of their own to tell. They will also come to understand the importance of story in EAL, both as a tool for the client to keep their learning alive and for the practitioner to be able to convey the power of this work to others. Lynn Baskfield is a certified life coach specializing in equine guided education, and the co-owner of Wisdom Horse Coaching, Minneapolis, MN

Becoming More Equine-Centered: A Curriculum to Enrich Experiential Learning Programs and the Equines They Employ with Jayna Wekenman This workshop introduces a curriculum written for organizational understanding of concepts and theories that influence equine behavior and engagement in experiential learning programming. An experiential exercise from the curriculum will be facilitated. This is a Master’s thesis presentation. Jayna Wekenman is a graduate student in the Equine-assisted Learning concentration at Prescott College

PRELIMINARY Gathering Schedule: This a preliminary schedule, the full schedule will be provided on site at the start of the conference.

Breakfast 7:00-8:15





Session I 8:30-10:00 (parallel sessions)

Session 2 10:30-12:00 (parallel sessions)

Lunch 12:301:45

Opening Session Keynote (arena)

Sign In Opens at 11:00 am


Session 3 2:00-5:00 (parallel sessions)

#1 The Physiology of the Horse-Human Bond (Anne Baldwin)


Ethics Panel


#1 EquineAssisted Transpersonal Psychology for At-Risk Youth (Mica Graves & Max Woodfin)

#2 Treatment & Educational Goals (Suzanne Haseman) #3 Storytelling and EAL (Lynn Baskfield).

#2 Msrment of Effects in EAL (Patricia Pendry) #3 Curriculum for Equine Experiential Learning (Jayna Wekenman)


Chemical Dependency & EAMH (Nancy Waite-O’Brien)

Awards Dinner

Chemical Dependency & EAMH (Nancy Waite-O’Brien)

BBQ & Hoedown

AAT & Private Practice Molly DePrekel)

Horses as Yogis (Nancy Coyne

Using Conceptual Models to Enhance EAL (Pam McPhee)


Treating Trauma Utilizing Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (E. Rand Gurley)

Mind and Body-Based Interventions in EAP (Molly DePrekel)

Horses as Therapy Partners, Ethics (Joanne Tortorici Luna)


Closing Session Ends at 3:00 pm

Chauncey Ranch is a 5000-acre YMCA camp and retreat facility located on the Agua Fria River and surrounded by cottonwood trees, willows, pastures, and open desert. Chauncey Ranch is situated on Old Sycamore Road, in Mayer, Arizona. Directions from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport: Take I-17 North until Junction 69. Take SR 69, direction Prescott, and drive approximately 4 miles until making a righthand turn onto Old Sycamore Road. There is

Keynote Treating Trauma Utilizing Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (E. Rand Gurley)

Mindfulness, Threat Response & Brain (Shannon Knapp and Tracy Weber)

The Gathering site:

Dinner 6:00Social Program

a large flag on the left side of the road, and a Fire Station on the right. The road can be rough, and caution should be taken after rainfall. Chauncey Ranch is situated 4 miles from SR 69, and approximately 80 miles from the Airport.

LODGING: The registration fee includes rustic cabin style accommodation at the Gathering site. Each cabin is equipped with bunk beds, bed linens are provided. Cabin space will not be subject to reservation. Cabins are occupied on a first come-first serve basis. Community bath and shower facilities are located in proximity to the cabins. Please bring your own bath towel and anything else you may need. If you would prefer alternative lodging, Creekside Preserve is located approximately 7 miles from the Gathering site. Their rates start at $69. More information at: or 928-632-0777.

MEALS: The registration fee includes all meals throughout the Gathering. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served each full conference day. Meals are provided from dinner on Monday 16th through lunch on Thursday 19th. Basic dietary needs may be accommodated with advanced notice. Please note any dietary needs on your registration from. The menu for the Gathering will emphasize healthy, local, and responsibly grown foods.

Registration Information: To register for the Gathering, please download, complete, and submit the Registration Form and Participant Agreement. The registration form is included in this document and both forms can be found at: The registration deadline is postdated May 1st (registration are still being accepted). Please note: there will be no refunds granted after May 1st. Please mail the Registration Form, Participant Agreement, and payment to: Cheryl Schwartz Prescott College Lifelong Learning Center 220 Grove Avenue, Prescott, AZ 86301

About Prescott College: Prescott College offers a residential undergraduate program at its main campus in Prescott, Arizona, as well as low-residency bachelor’s and master’s in areas including Environmental Studies, Cultural and Regional Studies, Arts and letters, and Human Development, and doctoral degrees in Sustainability Education. The Equine-Assisted Learning and Equine-Assisted Mental Health areas of the

curriculum include both Master of Arts and Post-Graduate Certificate programs. Both programs blend a comprehensive theoretical frame with hands-on experience under the guidance of international leaders in the field. The Equine-Assisted Mental Health concentration allows students seeking licensure as a psychotherapist or in Counseling/Psychology to develop competence in the rapidly evolving field of equineassisted mental health. All programs emphasize student-directed, experience-based learning, environmental and cultural awareness, and social justice.

CONTACT: For more information about the conference, please contact: Nina Ekholm Fry, 928-350-2275

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