Train to Facilitate
Civilian Trainers and Veteran Trainers*
- First, a desire to serve veterans or other populations who might benefit from experiential learning and repatterning of current attitudes and behaviors.
- Second, the emotional maturity required to recognize one’s own triggers, the curiosity to understand oneself more deeply and the capacity to hold space for, empower and collaborate with clients, horses and co-facilitators.
The Equus Effect Program is both unique and valuable in terms of its ability to deliver effective and long-lasting benefits to veterans and other populations because:
- The content of this curriculum focuses on resilience and relationship skills that warriors, and others making their way from one culture to another, can use to establish healthy relationships at home, work and school.
- Our relationships with key decision makers in the VA system, veteran service organizations, treatment centers and other agencies that support clients’ process of moving forward in life, promise a steady stream of veteran participation in this five-week curriculum.
Based on our experience over the past five years with this program, we believe that the curriculum itself, our deep understanding of these populations and the credibility we have established with these organizations will provide new facilitators with the opportunity to enjoy ongoing success.
In addition, we have developed strong relationships with the many clinicians who serve these groups in CT, MA, MD, NY, NC and WA so that those who deliver our curriculum can feel assured that participants are supported by licensed professionals before, during and after their five sessions with The Equus Effect.
*Veterans who would like to continue to serve as mentors to other veterans and/or to train as facilitators, we offer our training program on an individual scholarship basis. Potential veteran facilitators must also have the capacity to stay grounded and clear in the face of issues linked to military service and to function as both compassionate AND objective observers.
Proven and Growing Success – In 2013, we worked with 21 veterans. As of July 2017, we have seen over 200 and now work with men and women at 2 treatment centers in CT.
The Equus Effect is now being delivered in Sharon, Old Lyme, CT, Brewster, MA, Port Deposit, MD and will soon be in NY and Denmark.
We have created a program that ensures lasting results and complements the efforts of clinicians in a way that everyone involved feels successful and supported.
Deepen Community Connections – Not only does The Equus Effect program enable you to work with veterans and men and women in recovery, but the curriculum can broaden your reach into other populations in your community who work in highly responsible professions or services: first responders, doctors, nurses, clinicians and caregivers.
Enhance Work with Currently Served Populations – In addition, the application to any of the populations you already reach will most certainly be enhanced by the tools we offer.
Our Approach to Training
We are serious about the structure of our five-session curriculum and know that it works. We also know that results are long lasting and that we can provide potential facilitators with the tools they need (Facilitator’s Guide and ongoing support) to make graduate facilitators and the program successful for the veterans and others with whom you work.
To make sure that the investment you make in yourself and on behalf of your facility is worthwhile, we require prospective facilitators to participate in a three-day workshop to determine how well this material resonates with you. We also take this opportunity to learn more about each person in the group and assess whether or not you and your facility are a good fit for this work.
The introductory workshop is open to 15 participants and the cost is: $750/person.
The training itself is open to 12 participants. Please contact us for details of the format and costs for 2018-19.
Skill Development Benefits of this Training
- A deep understanding of the difference between facilitating and teaching
- Awareness of the nuanced role you can play in the ‘journey home’ for people who have been in combat or other high-stress environments
- Willingness to adhere to the principles and practices of this curriculum-based approach
- Foundational understanding of Somatic Experiencing© work….which we provide. Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a client-centered, body-based approach to helping veterans and others resolve issues that remain following whatever type of trauma or stress through working with horses and learning how to manage one’s emotions
- Willingness to work with your own blind spots that can keep you from holding the appropriate space for veterans around regulating their physical, emotional and mental energy
- Ability to step back and allow veterans to make their own meaning out of experiences. This is a skill and art based on self-awareness, listening and knowing how to ask sensory-based invitational questions…all of which we model and teach
You can also contact graduates who are now delivering the curriculum: Liz Adams at Emerald Hollow in Brewster, MA, Megan Ellis and/or Lauren Fitzgerald at High Hopes in Old Lyme, CT.
They have been delivering the curriculum since spring 2016 and can offer firsthand insight into the challenges and opportunities for personal and professional growth offered by the experience of taking the training and delivering this program.
Quotes from Graduates of The Equus Effect Training Program High Hopes (2015)
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The Equus Effect
37 Drum Road, Sharon, CT 06069
Jane Strong (860) 364-5363
David Sonatore (860) 364-5363
The Equus Effect is a registered 501(C)(3) corporation. All contributions are 100% tax deductible.