Connection Focussed Therapy®- A Polyvagal Informed Approach to Trauma Therapy – France, June 2022

An experiential training in Europe with Linda Kohanov and Dr Rebecca Bailey

[Deze training wordt in het Engels gegeven en in het Frans vertaald. De trainingsmaterialen zijn in het NL vertaald, en mondelinge toelichting in het Nederlands is tijdens de training beschikbaar. Het is het plan om in komende jaren deze training ook in Nederland of Noord-België aan te bieden. Heb je interesse om mee te doen, en kun je niet naar Frankrijk komen, meld dit dan op het onderstaande formulier, dan houden wij je op de hoogte!]

To support your patients & clients in healing their trauma, learn to perceive the state of your autonomic nervous system so that it becomes a powerful tool for co-regulation

Connection Focused Therapy® emphasizes the importance of understanding the impact we all have on each other. It challenges the beliefs and assumptions we each have made about our ability to feel safe, secure, and resilient in a constantly changing world.

In polyvagal terms, co-regulation is an important goal. Co-regulation is, in its simplest terms, the impact that our nervous systems have on our own functioning and on each other. Connection Focused Therapy helps us to apply this consciously in therapy and coaching.

This approach and training has been developed by bestselling author Linda Kohanov and Dr. Rebecca Bailey, PhD,two leading innovators in the fields of equine-facilitated therapy and experiential learning.

This training is designed for therapists, caregivers, and equine professionals working closely with therapists. It covers advanced techniques for helping individuals and families with complex case scenarios, including post-traumatic stress due to abuse, war, crime or accidents, high or low conflict divorces as well as dealing with a difficult change situations.

The training will be taught in English and will be translated in French. Dutch-speaking staff will be available to add explanations in Dutch. Dutch, German and French translations of the training materials are available.

FOCUS OF THE WORKSHOP

  • Increase and enhance understanding of the role of the autonomic nervous system
  • Explore and experience the role of equine assisted interventions in trauma
  • Create a safe and secure space for your patient
  • How to overcome the compassion fatigue
  • Increase your emotional resilience and that of your patients

APPROACH

Experience-based teaching combining :

  • Work on the body that doesn’t involve touch
  • Exercices with horses
  • Theoretical and practical background
  • Group work

AUDIENCE

  • For therapists and other professionals working with trauma survivors and families in crisis
  • For equicoaches who want to partner with a therapist to support their therapeutic work with trauma survivors and families in crisis

Prior horse experience is not a prerequisite: the sessions involve ground exercices with horses, no horse riding.

DURATION

This is normally a 5-day workshop. The French edition will feature full translation of the English sequences and will therefore take a day longer (6 days).

DATES AND LOCATION

CUDOS (South of France near Bordeaux) -From June 21th to June 26th, 2022

Due to circumstances at the side of the Dutch organiser, we are unfortunately forced to move the 5 day workshop without French translation, that was announced for earlier in June in Essen, to 2023.

NL: vanwege omstandigheden aan de kant van de NL organisator, zijn we helaas genoodzaakt de training in Essen in begin juni te verzetten naar 2023. De training in Cudos, Frankrijk, wordt in het Engels gegeven en in het Frans vertaald. De trainingsmaterialen zijn in het NL vertaald, en mondelinge toelichting in het Nederlands is tijdens de training beschikbaar. Het is het plan om vanaf 2023 deze training ook in Nederland of Noord-België aan te bieden. Heb je interesse om mee te doen, en kun je niet naar Frankrijk komen, meld dit dan op het onderstaande formulier, dan houden wij je op de hoogte!

THE PROGRAM

Horses healing trauma

The daily sessions consist of interactive theory tuition by Linda Kohanov (via Zoom) and Rebecca Bailey (in person) with Cécile Gilbert-Kawano, Anne Mathieu and Josselien Janssens, alternated with demonstrations and exercises with horses.

The theory covers:

  • Overview of how horses help people cope more effectively with a variety of challenges
  • Discussions of relevant research
  • Backgrounds of the connection focused therapy approach including basic skills and models
  • Understanding and preventing caregivers’ compassion fatigue, while nurturing personal and professional relationships
  • Increase your emotional resilience and that of your patients

The practice sessions with horses will cover:

  • Demonstrations of equine-facilitated interventions in small groups, ensuring several opportunities for each participant to directly experience the exercises with horses
  • Basic skills for effective co-regulation in therapeutic relationships
  • Basic skills for dealing with compassion fatigue.

TO ACCOMPANY YOU ON THIS JOURNEY:

LINDA KOHANOV

Linda Kohanov, bestselling author of five books, including The Tao of Equus (2001) and The Power of the Herd (2013), has worked with many mental health professionals over the years to provide equine-facilitated interventions for people in crisis. Since 2003, Linda has also trained over 300 professionals worldwide in the techniques she and her colleagues have developed since Eponaquest was founded in 1997 as a collective of counselors, educators and horse trainers. Her apprenticeship is now taught both in the USA as well as in Europe.

Note: Linda Kohanov will be teaching daily via Zoom from Arizona in the 2023 European edition of the workshop.

Dr REBECCA BAILEY

Rebecca Bailey, PhD, is a leading family psychologist and personal therapist. The founder of Transitioning Families, Dr. Bailey has worked with law enforcement and the FBI to raise awareness and sensitivity to the issues that victims of rape, kidnapping and other crimes face in surviving these extreme experiences, reuniting with their families and healing. She has worked with hundreds of individuals and families in crisis.

Dr. Rebecca Bailey will be presenting the 2023 workshop in Europe in person.

 

With expert co-facilitators:

CECILE GILBERT-KAWANO

Cécile accompanies people through co-development, emotional and relational intelligence, and somatic approach. She is an Advanced Eponaquest Instructor and a Somatic Experiencing© and SOMA Embodiment© practitioner. She likes to help people to “take back the reins of their life” (with or without horses) to facilitate their transformations and healing.

Cécile offers the Eponaquest Apprenticeship in France to people who wish to become Eponaquest Instructor. She co-facilitated the first European Healing the Heard – Connection Focussed Therapy Workshop in Essen with Linda Kohanov in 2022.

ANNE MATHIEU

Creator of the “Riding the Tiger©” curriculum, Anne has been accompanying women and children who are victims of violence and all people who have suffered trauma or are in a situation of emotional fragility since 2014 by combining her behavioral expertise with horses and humans. She is a trainer in stress management and emotional emergencies, an Eponaquest Instructor and a Somatic Experiencing© practitioner.

JOSSELIEN JANSSENS

Josselien works with teams of companies and organisations as trainer-coach in leadership development, teambuilding and personal growth through experiential learning with horses. 20 yearsa ago, she was diagnosed with severe ptsd and has since then overcome it with the help of horses. This experience helps her coach others facing the same challenge.

Josselien is a former journalist/communication professional, Advanced Eponaquest Instructor, Medicine Horse Way Master Instructor. She offers the Eponaquest curriculum in the Netherlands and Belgium for professionals who wish to become equine facilitated coaches, trainers and therapists. She co-facilitated the first European Healing the Heard – Connection Focussed Therapy Workshop in Essen with Linda Kohanov in 2021.

HORSES

A small herd of horses will be our partners in the practice sessions in the workshop.

Carlo, one of the coaching horses we often work with

PRICES:

Cudos (6 days): 2.700 Euros

Lunch, coffee/tea, snacks and course materials are included.

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