To learn more contact:
Kendra: or (843) 812-1018    Ann: or (410) 302-8090


Trainings & Workshops

Trauma Focused CBT partnering with Horses Workshop:

April 12-13, 2019 at RiverTrot Farm Yemassee, SC 29945


This workshop will take you through the process of understanding how the evidence-based Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) PRACTICE components can be brought to life through Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning.  While interacting with horses, participants will learn about and implement the EAGALA Model Skill Sets, such as using “clean language,” curiosity, correlating spud’s, holding space, etc.   This workshop is based on a variety of resources: “Equine Assisted Growth and Learning,” Lynn Thomas, Dr. Karyn Purvis, Dr. Daniel Siegel, “The Whole Brain Child," and "BrainStorm,” “Natural Lifemanship,” Bettina and Tim Jobe.   Participants will learn about the traumatized brain and why making a connection with a horse helps clients move out of their “Survival Brain and into their “Thinking Brain.” Experiential learning in a safe and supportive relationship with horses provides the opportunity for clients’ brains to build new healthy neural pathways. Building relationships and connecting with the horses helps to develop skills to transfer into relationships outside of sessions.  During the workshop participants will have the opportunity to connect with a horse to experience what our clients may experience. Through Equine Assisted Therapy, the horses empower clients to become aware of their surroundings in the “here and now.” Clients learn and apply positive coping skills in order to keep themselves safe and develop healthy relationships. Healthy relationships are the vehicle for change.


Participants will have the opportunity to practice the EAGALA Model Skill Sets emphasizing self-regulation and mindfulness while connecting with a horse. Horses welcome connections/relationships with people that are self-regulated and in the “here and now.”  NO HORSE EXPERIENCE is expected or necessary… just an open mind to learn and a willingness to connect with yourself and others (including the horses).



  1. Participants will develop and share experiential, hands on learning activities using horses to support clients in achieving their goals based on the TF-CBT Model and the EAGALA Model Skill Sets.

  2. Participants will connect with a horse in any way that they feel comfortable.

  3. Participants will learn relationship skills along with mindfulness, and self-regulations skills to implement in their personal relationships, professional relationships, and to share with their clients.

  4. Participants will learn and be able to explain how horses contribute to the therapeutic process as part of the treatment team through presentation discussions.


 The 10 hour on line TF-CBT training is recommended before attending this Workshop. The training can be found at :  

  ***Please note that this workshop is not a certification training in TF-CBT.

 Cost of Workshop is $425 (Workshop includes Breakfast Snacks, Snacks, Lunch, The   EquiPower Workbook and 8 EAGALA approved CEUs  

Facilitators: Ann O’Brien, NCSC  (410 )302-8090 and Kendra Twitty, LPC (843)812-1018

When:  September 15th and 16th, 2018 from 9:00am – 4:00pm Eastern Time

Cost:  $425.00 Includes breakfast, snacks, lunch, EquiPower Workbook & 8 EAGALA approved CEUs 

Where:  Rivertrot Farm, 766 Ethridge Road, Yemassee SC, 29945 (see website for detailed directions)

Participants: A minimum of 6 participants in order for the Workshop to take place. Limited to 12    

Hotels:   Hampton Inn 139 Frampton Drive Yemassee, SC 29945 (843) 379-5226    

                Best Western 3536 Point South Drive, Yemassee, SC 29945 (843) 726-8101

TF-CBT Workshop Registration Form