I am delighted to announce my Triple Certification in Equine Facilitated Wellness - Canada. Along with an ongoing team of mentorship professionals, I am offering services with national best practice standards as a 1) Mental Health Professional (MHP), 2) Equine Facilitated Learning Professional (EFLP) and 3) Equine Professional (EP). Services are currently offered on the Alaska Kenai Peninsula through my social work practice, Winter's Grace Guidance Center. I extend gratitude to the individuals and organizations that have supported my journey over the past 10 years.
For information on the program of study and the professional organization that has provided this certification, please hop over to the website equinefacilitatedwellness.org.
There are two horses in the equine program at Winter's Grace, Kisi our Icelandic horse and his herd companion Breezy, an oversized mini. These two are the best of friends and look out for one another. Their relationship, their equine dynamics and their individual temperaments have provided their two legged human friends with many opportunities for learning about individual and family dynamics.
Children and teens have been comforted by the horses' presence and felt understood when the horses patiently stood by their side as they shared their concerns and joys. Kids have felt encouraged to learn more and set their intentions to connect deeper with the horses as they work together to navigate obstacles with the horses. Children have developed a sense of accomplishment as they have learned to care for the horses and assist in feeding, grooming, and keeping a safe and clean home for the horses.
I'll be writing to share some of our Center's stories where individuals have expereinced therapeutic relationships with presence, validation and acceptance through the equine program.
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