OACCPP 2016 – 38th Annual Conference and AGM:
Trauma – Approaches to Recovery and Change
The Association of Registered Psychotherapists & Mental Health Professionals
Keynote speakers: Paul Frewen – PhD Neuroscience, CPSYCH – colleague of Ruth Lanius, MD., PhD Un. Western Ontario – co-wrote “Healing the Traumatized Self” -Norton 2015: Healing the Traumatized Self: Assessment and Treatment
Bill Eddy LCSW, Esq.: High Conflict Personality Disorders
Lori Gill BA, MA : Attachment, Trauma and Integration: Sensory Regulation to Integrate and Calm the Brain, Mind and Body.
Laurene Winkler, H.B. Mus.B.Ed, SEP, SET has spent her life examining the synchronous relationship between humans and animals. She works as a trauma and somatic therapist using the connection between people and horses as a conduit for healing. Laurene was a competitor and trainer in equestrian dressage and endurance riding as well as a music teacher and education consultant for the past 40 years. She is a certified Equine and Mental Health Specialist. Her commitment and passion that grew from this experience led her to becoming a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. She assists at Somatic Experiencing professional training’s throughout North America. Dawning Vista farm near Stirling, Ontario, hosts equine therapy to re-negotiate trauma and attachment patterns to promote personal agency and growth.
In this experiential workshop, we will investigate the common physiology between horse and human behaviour.
Using videos and exercises, we will discover the shared species connections of the Autonomic Nervous System, survival defense mechanisms, and Porges’ Polyvagal Theory. You will receive key concepts of how to explore boundaries, discern sensation and notice attachment behaviour. Emotions are coupled with sensory experience and procedural/body memory as they drive our behaviour. Equine psychotherapy uses free unbridled horses to explore both verbal and nonverbal communication. Horses can be an effective witness to parts of the self that a client avoids or represses. They mirror what is enacted in extraverbal forms and reflect back in the present moment how experience is managed through behavioural patterns.
Learn how to use mindful awareness to begin healing trauma.
Horse and human interconnectedness is a gentle path to a grounded sense of self, increased capacity and resilience to face life’s challenges.
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