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Neuro-Equine Model® Certification Program

About the program.

The Neuro-Equine Model® of Equine-Assisted Therapy and Learning Certification Program is an intensive 20-hour program based on more than three decades of working with clients and horses. It was jointly developed by Dr. Allan Hamilton, author of Zen Mind Zen Horse and a Harvard-trained brain surgeon and renowned horse whisperer/trainer and Dr. Jane Hamilton, a clinical psychologist and one of the foremost authorities on animal- and equine-based psychological therapy and learning. The Neuro-Equine Model® is a unique scientifically-based approach to understanding equine-assisted learning and therapy that uses neuroscientific principles to understand the interactions, partnership, and breakthroughs that can be achieved while working with horses. It provides sound principles that can be applied to dozens of groundwork exercises.  These are easy to use, but have wide applicability across a host of personal, behavioral, and emotional needs. They have also been widely employed with mental health, educational, corporate, military, and first-responder groups.

 Who should attend?

Psychologists, mental health workers, counsellors, teaching professionals, and horse professionals who wish to include or expand equine-assisted programming for their clients and customers. This intensive 20-hour course provides certification for participants in how to apply the remarkably effective and easily applied Neuro-Equine Model® of Equine-Assisted Therapy and Learning. It combines lecture-format didactics along with a decided emphasis on hands-on experience training.

Participants who successfully complete this training will receive a signed diploma with an impressed seal that is suitable for framing and display. Individuals who complete the training will be able to draw upon a manual with dozens of exercises and training scenarios to address a host of applications and clients’ needs in almost any situation.

Belvoir Certification Brochure.pdf

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Dr. Allan Hamilton is a renowned neuro surgeon, horse trainer and author. He has been featured at national venues and has participated numerous times as a featured presenter and trainer at Equine Affaire. Both he and his wife were recruited to help evaluate and train horses from the National Stud of the Republic of Ireland and the Racing Academy and Centre of Education in County Kildare, Ireland. Both of them were invited to address a joint session of both houses of the Irish Parliament on the rehabilitation and rescue of Thoroughbred horses from the racing industry which is supported by the government with tax revenues derived from legalized betting. They have also been advocates for the preservation of wild mustangs in the US and safeguarding of their natural habitats throughout the West.

Dr. Jane F. Hamilton is  a licensed clinical psychologist, instructor, and psychotherapist. She obtained her PhD in Psychology from Boston College and her Master’s Degree from Harvard University. She has been a practicing psychologist since 1981.  She completed a clinical internship in Psychology at Boston Children’s Hospital. She maintains a clinical private practice where she provides counselling, therapy, assessment, consultation, supervision, training, and continuing education. She teaches college and graduate level classes in Psychology, Sociology, Professional Development, and Criminal Counselling. She is certified for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and focuses her talents on the emotional and psychological aspects of the EAP programs.

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A Hero’s Journey with the Help of Horses --------SOLD OUT
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A Hero’s Journey with the Help of Horses --------SOLD OUT

A Hero’s Journey with the Help of Horses for PTSD

Equine assisted activities have been shown to be effective in treating a variety of physical, developmental, and emotional needs. Because they combine experiential learning with the opportunity to explore feelings, equine assisted activities provide coping tools for dealing with relationship and communication problems, anger and stress management, adjustment disorders, and maladaptive behaviour patterns, among many other difficulties.

In recent years, Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) has shown promise in helping our first responders, veterans and those with who care for them cope with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)1

Participants who completed a supervised equine program reported dramatically reduced stress levels.

Drs. Allan and Diane Hamilton own “Rancho Bosque”, one of the premier centres in the United States for equine-facilitated learning and therapy, is pleased to offer a one-day clinic specifically designed for first responders and veterans.

During these sessions, participants will explore their own Hero’s Journey, and will have the opportunity to dig deep into their feelings and experiences to learn new ways to thrive despite PTSD. This program will be supervised by Drs. Allan and Jane Hamilton, both internationally recognized experts in the field of EAT.


Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019

Where: Belvoir Estate Farm & Equestrian Centre. 2475 Gideon Drive, Delaware, ON, Canada

No experience with horses is necessary, and participants will work with horses on the ground.


Program Schedule

 8:30 - 9:00 Arrivals, sign-in, registration, etc.

9:00 – 9:30 Opening Circle

9:30 – 10:30 Lecture: Horses as a Foundation for Healing

10:30-11:00 Round Pen Demonstration

11:00 –11:15 Break (snacks provided)

11:15 –12:30 Round Pen Session with processing discussion

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch, Developing your own Hero’s Story (lunch provided)

1:15 – 3:30 Arena/Round Pen Activities with processing discussion

3:30 – 4:00 Closing Circle, end of Day One

Day Two (times approximate)

8:30 - 9:00 Opening Circle, Welcome back

9:00 –10:45 Arena/Round Pen Session with processing discussion

10:45 –11:00 Break (snacks included)

11:00 -12:30 Arena/Round Pen Session with processing discussion

12:30 – 1:15 Lunch, (Lunch provided)

1:15 – 3:30 Arena/Round Pen Session with processing discussion

3:30 – 4:00 Closing Circle, End of Program

Program Staff:

The equine-assisted learning and therapy programs are run by Allan Hamilton, MD, and Jane Hamilton, PhD. Allan is professor of Surgery at UAMC and author of Zen Mind, Zen Horse, and Jane is a clinical psychologist and director of clinical services at Rancho Bosque. These programs have been featured on ABC Television News, and written about in Western Horseman, Horse and Rider, and Equus magazines. The Hamilton’s have facilitated more than a hundred equine clinics in the United States and abroad. They were selected as the keynote speakers for the Eighth Annual Gathering on Equine-Assisted Learning and Equine-Assisted Mental Health Best Practices.


This course uses principles from Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces and asks us to become the heroes of our own spiritual journeys.  The seminar includes immersive, interactive, didactic sessions as well as work with horses in the round pen and arena.

This unique workshop is designed for those who want to develop a better understanding of the heroic challenges and risks that all of us must face. Didactic sessions, seminars, and hand-on interaction with horses help to explore the

Seven Steps of the Hero’s Journey, especially as they relate to the experiences of First Responders* , Veterans.

In an amazing partnership with horses, the group works together to clarify and explore the universal aspects of heroic journeys. Time-honoured techniques of groundwork with horses are applied to study and dissect the tools available to us as we strive to understand our own journeys. This is a very special, one- of-a-kind, acclaimed equine program designed for first-responders, military veterans, and those who support them.

This program is based on mythologist Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey and Dr. Allan Hamilton’s award-winning book, Lead with Your Heart: Lessons from a Life with Horses

 *First responders typically include paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, firefighters, rescuers, and other trained members of organizations connected with this type of work.

No prior experience with horses is required to enrol.


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Mental Fitness Magazine for Teens & Parents........Now Available
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Mental Fitness Magazine for Teens & Parents........Now Available

Mental Fitness for Teens and Parents addresses Depression on Campus, Suicide, Online Safety, Cyberbullying, Date Rape, Social Media, Trauma, Homeless Teens, Horse Therapy, Effect of Sleep, Brain Food, Self Esteem and more. The teen years are stressful. Whether it is school, college, friends, dating or conflicts with parents  the physical and mental changes can be  overwhelming. This issue provide the coping tools that lead to resilience, more confidence and becoming Mentally Fit. To purchase click here !

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PTSD: Beyond Trauma (film on CBC)


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Airing Thursday, January 19, 2017 – 8 PM EST on CBC’s The Nature of Things

White Pine Pictures presents the world broadcast premiere of its new documentary, PTSD: Beyond Trauma, written and directed by award-winning Patrick Reed (Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr, Fight Like Soldiers Die Like Children, Triage), produced by Andréa Schmidt and executive produced by Peter Raymont.

All those feelings, the smells, the colours…I thought they’d never go away. I started really sinking, drowning in my memory.  It was unbearable. – Max Guiolet, witness of Nov 2015 Paris terror attacks.

From Hollywood blockbusters to front-page news, the tormented war veteran unable to transition from war zone to home front is everywhere.

This focus on the military’s struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) obscures a simple truth: PTSD hits more civilians than soldiers, and more women than men. And it manifests with a dizzying range of symptoms, from flashbacks and nightmares to aggression and depression.

The challenge is there’s not one single thing that is PTSD. The trauma types are as diverse as the whole range of human experiences, but then, people express their PTSD in different ways. – Dr Alik Widge, Psychiatrist and Engineer, Boston, MA

Scientists are developing increasingly clear pictures of the brain activity that results in PTSD. But as they search for a sure-fire treatment, they’re still trying to understand a confounding question: When so many people experience the trauma of sudden loss, near-death, or violence, why are some more vulnerable to PTSD than others?

PTSD:  Beyond Trauma investigates the cutting-edge medical and scientific research that’s seeking answers to these questions.  And they are working on treatments that are helping survivors of trauma get their lives back after unimaginable horrors.

Survivors like Ute Lawrence and Stan Fisher, a couple who were trapped in the wreckage of an 87 vehicle pile-up in one of Canada’s worst car crashes.  Though they walked away physically unharmed, the psychological fallout was overwhelming and reverberates to this day, 18 years after the accident. Back in 1999, they enrolled in a study led by Dr Ruth Lanius of Western University that used brain scans, revealing that peoples’ responses to trauma are as varied as the individuals themselves.  For Stan, who was behind the wheel during the accident, scans show that his brain is ‘lit up’ when his PTSD is triggered, whereas Ute’s response is the opposite, with her scans clearly showing her brain activity has virtually shut down.

PTSD Beyond Trauma gets an inside look at some promising treatments to relieve survivors’ symptoms.   Dr. Alain Brunet, a Clinical Psychologist at Montreal’s McGill University had developed a new treatment for PTSD and was eager to test it on those suffering PTSD after November 2015’s terror attack in Paris.

For Max Guiolet, caught in the Paris attack, the treatment, which consisted of taking Propranolol, a beta-blocker while recalling his traumatic event was the miracle he sought. The medication, which blocks the emotional strength of the memory without dulling the recollection of the event, may be able to help large numbers of people quickly and easily.  Brunet claims that after just 6 sessions with the aid of this readily available drug, PTSD can be cured.

Scientific breakthroughs are great if they lead to something. But what of the kid that I’m working with who’s paralyzed from the waist down, what does he care what’s going on in his brain since he got shot? – Dr. Brad Stolbach, PhD youth trauma psychologist, Chicago, IL

But recovery is more complicated for people who’ve endured repeated trauma, and those who are traumatized early in life. “The more repeated the trauma the more difficult the disorder is to treat,” says Dr. Ruth Lanius, Director of PTSD Research at Western University.

Laura McKeon was raped when she was 16 and with each flashback her feelings of worthlessness and helplessness were reinforced. She was sexually assaulted twice more over the next decade, hiding the events from her friends and family.  According to Lanius: “People who shut down because they feel they’re completely helpless, that you know whatever they do will still result in them being hurt, and have this complete loss of agency during the trauma, clinically usually are much sicker than individuals who haven’t experienced that.”

Lauren grew increasingly paralyzed by anxiety and panic attacks, until her secret grew too much to bear. A writer by profession, she shared her story with her family and with the public in an article. It was a major step toward healing, diminishing the power of the shame she’d carried for 15 years.

For more than two decades, Dr. Brad Stolbach, a trauma psychologist at the University of Chicago has worked with African American and Latino youth who’ve been traumatized by violence in the city’s toughest neighbourhoods.  An innovative program he co-founded, Project Fire offers youth who have been shot, the chance to learn glass blowing.  It’s dangerous but not deadly and seems to help counteract PTSD symptoms.  “It’s very hard to be working with glass and not be in the present moment. It’s very hard to be doing that work and not become mindful. And that’s the way to help people who have been traumatized”, according to Dr. Stolbach. But ultimately, the solutions have to address all the sources of violence and disadvantage that hamper the youths’ development and make them vulnerable to PTSD. Says Stolbach, “You can’t pinpoint a specific time when the trauma occurred because there were so many toxins in their lives. We have to as a society make a commitment to deal with this and to fix it. We need to decide do we want to be in a society where everybody is fully human or not.”

PTSD: Beyond Trauma offers a timely exploration of the mental suffering caused by trauma, and the cutting edge scientific research to understand and to heal it—research that’s producing significant and sometimes controversial breakthroughs.

Director/Producer Patrick Reed has directed and collaborated on several award-winning documentaries for White Pine Pictures. Many of Reed’s films explore human rights issues, following compelling characters as they struggle with the past and present. One of his first assignments with White Pine was researching and producing Shake Hands With The Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire, which won the World Cinema Documentary Audience Award at Sundance 2006, and Best Documentary Emmy in 2007. Additional credits include the top rated documentary Tar Sands for the CBC; Pets on Prozac (CBC); Triage: Dr. James OrbinskiFight Like Soldiers Die Like Children, and Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr.

Andréa Schmidt, Producer: For five years, based in Washington, DC and New York City, Schmidt produced and directed for Al Jazeera’s U.S. current affairs documentary show Fault Lines, helping establish the show’s distinctive voice over more than 20 episodes. She was a producer/co-writer of “Haiti: Six Months On,” the Fault Lines documentary that garnered Al Jazeera its first Alfred I. DuPont award (2012).

In 2014, Schmidt helped launch AJ+, Al Jazeera’s youth-focused digital channel, as the executive producer of the short documentary strand. In 2015, she worked as an Executive Producer of documentary series for VICE Canada, leaving to pursue independent journalism and filmmaking.

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Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) Workshops

Learn a powerful, evidence-based, set of techniques for resolving the impact of traumatic events.

TIR training workshops scheduled in Ontario for the remainder of 2016 include:   
   Barrie-area:    October 14-17
   Ottawa:           October 21-24
CE credits from: CCPA, CPCA, CACCF and OACCPP.   
Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) is amazingly effective in resolving painful after-effects of injury, childhood trauma, bereavement, abuse, medical trauma, and any severe and shocking event.  TIR is person-centered and results oriented.  TIR is
evidence-based, and listed on SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.
"TIR ... brings a resolution to the problem, whether it's an anxiety or a depression or whatever it is, not just a management skill. The things that my colleagues and I had been doing for the 20 years before that were basically teaching management skills... TIR just puts it away; you no longer have anything else to manage."     
Robert H. Moore, PhD, Psychologist, CTS, Florida

"After numerous sessions of delivering TIR and witnessing its liberating effect on clients, I became convinced that this is the tool of permanent change. ...  When we approach psychotherapy through the trauma lens, TIR can be applied to resolve almost all psychological disturbances, problems and issues.  When TIR is used optimally, treatment takes on an entirely new powerful shape.  ... although TIR is one of the most powerful permanent change tools, it could also be perceived as one of the most powerful short term treatment tools."    Susan Sluiter, Psychologist, South Africalink

Click here for more info on TIR training or to register

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Thursday, June 9, 2016
12:00pm  1:30pm

Cannabis and PTSD: 
Existing Evidence and Clinical Considerations

Earn CE credits with this ISTSS webinar, presented by Marcel Bonn-Miller, PhD

Thursday, June 9, 2016 |  Noon - 1:30 p.m. CDT


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Dr. Bonn-Miller will provide an overview of cannabis, including associated consequences and benefits stemming from its use. He will then summarize epidemiological data, particularly from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), related to recent and emerging trends in cannabis use/disorders, including among veterans with PTSD. Limitations of epidemiological tracking will be discussed and methods for improving cannabis use/disorder identification will be provided.

Following, Dr. Bonn-Miller will focus on the existing evidence related to cannabis and PTSD, including how cannabis has the potential to lead to both positive and negative outcomes as a function of its composition. Currently ongoing research will then be highlighted that addresses some existing empirical limitations. Finally, Dr. Bonn-Miller will provide an overview of treatment implications stemming from existing work, both in terms of substance abuse treatments as well as PTSD-focused interventions.

Learn more... 

After this webinar participants will be able to:

Explain the heterogeneity of the cannabis plant, and the well-established long- and short-term consequences and benefits associated with its use.
Describe recent trends in cannabis use within the VA, including as a function of PTSD, and why individuals with PTSD primarily report using cannabis.
Summarize existing evidence and ongoing research in the area of PTSD and cannabis, both in terms of improving substance abuse interventions and PTSD treatment approaches.

Marcel O. Bonn-Miller, PhD is a Research Health Science Specialist at the Center of Excellence in Substance Abuse Treatment and Education (CESATE), National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD) and Center for Innovation to Implementation (Ci2i) at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. He also holds an academic appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. 

Find out more about the presenter

Prices for the webinar start as low as $20 ($35 with CE credits) for ISTSS members and $40 for nonmembers.



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Integrating Clinical and Scientific Knowledge to Advance the Field of Trauma

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Integrating Clinical and Scientific Knowledge to Advance the Field of Trauma

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Each year more than 1,200 traumatic stress professionals attend the ISTSS Annual Meeting. As an exhibitor or sponsor you'll have a direct connection to the leading clinicians, researchers and policymakers from the global traumatic stress community. Learn more about how to become an exhibitor or sponsorship.

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Traumatic Incident Reduction

This workshop is appropriate for all levels of practicing social workers, psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, clergy, and critical incident stress debriefers.

Location:  Reesor & Associates, 150 Isabella Street, Suite 215, Ottawa, Ontario
Trainer and event organizer: Suzanne Duc, M.A.,Certified TIR Trainer & LSR Facilitator
Mailing address: Suzanne Duc, Reesor and Associates, 150 Isabella Street, Suite 301, Ottawa, ON, K1S 1V7

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For more information: call (613) 698-9707, or

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