Trauma: Tools for the Clinician

Informed by the Wisdom of the Horse

Presenters: Linda Kohanov, Willow Moore, DC, ND &
Lauren Loos, MA, LPC

Saturday, June 15, 2013
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
NCNM Annex

This workshop is for health and mental health care professionals seeking a new and innovative approach to improving relationships and care with patients and clients impacted by trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Workshop participants will learn specific and practical strategies informed through the field of equine-facilitated therapy and experiential learning that can be applied directly to improve the lives of their patients. Participants will learn strategies to cultivate and maintain composure, clear thinking and creativity in the face of interpersonal challenges, fear and anxiety. Techniques designed to address verbal and nonverbal forms of aggression that can result in shame and disempowerment in patients will also be explored.

Workshop Objectives

  • Understand how a Human-Horse connection can improve our Human-Human connnections

  • Recognize indicators of Post traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD) and how symptoms such as hypervigilance can interfere with clinician/patient relationships

  • Recognize the importance of your own emotions and body awareness in your professional role

  • Help patients and clients manage fear and anxiety in times of significant change, conflict or stress

  • Maintain and teach others to maintain composure, clear thinking, and creativity in the face of fear, anxiety or triggering situations

  • Learn how to increase patient/client motivation to increase compliance with recommendations

  • Learn to use energy and power appropriately to support your patients and clients

  • Understand boundaries in a new way: Learn about the effect of physical proximity on the arousal levels of both patient and professional

  • Learn the mechanics of establishing and maintaining clear and consistent personal space

  • Learn Emotional agility and develop “Emotional Heroism” needed to handle challenging situations peacefully and productively


Includes lunch and all materials

Health and Mental Health Professionals – $199

Students – $125

 5.5 CEUs (2.0 CEUs Ethics) approved by OBNM

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Presenter Bio

Linda Kohanov is an internationally recognized author, speaker, and equine professional. In 1997, she founded Epona Equestrian Services, an Arizona-based collective of professionals exploring the potential of the horse-human bond. Due to increasing international interest, the business expanded, becoming Eponaquest Worldwide as she and her colleagues trained instructors who now practice on five continents. In addition to her new book The Power of the Herd, Linda is the author of the bestseller The Tao of Equus, Riding between the Worlds, and The Way of the Horse (with artist Kim McElroy). Her books have been translated into French, German, and Dutch, and are used as texts at universities throughout the United States. She lectures and conducts workshops at conferences and retreat centers throughout the world. Through twenty years of intense research—and practical experience teaching people advanced human development skills through working with horses—Linda has isolated key emotional and social intelligence skills that great leaders previously obtained accidentally through a combination of talent and years spent on horseback

Linda has used her innovative ideas and approach to improving interpersonal skills and “bedside manner” with the medical profession at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, a program started by best selling author Dr. Andrew Weil.

What Others are Saying about Power of the Herd: a Nonpredatory Approach to Social Intelligence, Leadership, and Innovation

"Linda Kohanov has created a unique synthesis of myth, symbology, psychology, neuroscience, and, most important of all, the insight she has gained from horses to give us a manual to guide ourselves and our leaders through the twenty-first century and beyond. In this book, a must for every leader or everyone who wants to be one -- in his or her own life and in our world at large -- she takes horsemanship from a personal level to a global one."
~Allan F. Hamilton, MD, FACS, author of Zen Mind, Zen Horse

"For millenia we humans were mere prey. We’re here only because some of our ancestors could mimic the animals who knew how to run the gauntlet of the great carnivores. Horses are one of those creatures still amonst us. Linda Kohanov is that rare twenty-first-century watcher with the wit to see the lessons horses can still teach us and the talent to harness it in this remarkable book. She lays out a powerful case that our evolution still rides on the shoulders of these giants."
~Meg Daley Olmert, author of Made for Each Other: The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond