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.
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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.