Animal Assisted Psychotherapy with Traumatised People
8 All Saints Street
With Dr Kim Brown, Kelvin Hall, Ella Jones, Mike Delaney
Saturday 27 January 2018 – London
09.30 Registration and coffee
10.00 Kelvin Hall
Coming Home to Eden: The Significance of Animal Assisted Therapy
There is growing testimony to the ability of a variety of creatures to respond to human suffering with empathic sensitivity and ingenuity, which can exceed that of a human therapist. What opportunities and challenges does this capacity offer to practitioners, whether or not they work indoors in a conventional consulting room? What does it tell us about neglected aspects of the human psyche, and about the responses which the living world warrants from us? How do we integrate this into practice? In essaying answers to these questions I will quote examples involving dogs, birds, insects, foxes, horses and other animals.
11.45 Mike Delaney and Ella Jones – PART I
Holding Horses: Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy for the Traumatised Body and Mind
It isn’t enough to call it MAGIC!
How does Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) help people to release trauma long held in the body and mind? Mike Delaney and Ella Jones answer this question through clinical examples, and by drawing on contemporary trauma theory including Intersubjective Systems Theory and the work of Peter Levine, as well as body psychotherapy and bilateral stimulation of the brain, all of which individually contribute to the conversation of why EFP is an effective means of working with trauma. They will also discuss how the horse is central to this process, and not simply an assistant to the therapist or a tool. Without the horse there would be no trauma resolution. They will explain how they successfully work with complex PTSD without the need for the client to cognitively describe or discuss the trauma.
13.00 Lunch (optional extra)
14.15 Mike Delaney and Ella Jones – PART II
In the second session Mike and Ella will introduce new body-oriented, trauma resolution protocols, which bring together contemporary theory and the deep connection between horse and human.
15.30 Dr Kim Brown
Wolves in animal assisted psychotherapy: real, archetypal and mythical
The wolf is a symbol of strength and protection, qualities we all need frequently in our lives, especially following trauma. Wolves symbolise self-direction and agency. They walk their own path, using the gift of super senses and an ability to survive in extreme circumstances. Wolf Medicine is a form of animal assisted psychotherapy that helps participants to explore the connection between their outer and inner landscapes. We work with a process called super-sensing – like the wolf – to help participants to develop their own power to walk their unique path through life with strength and ownership. This involves ancient knowledge and metaphor from eclectic sources such as the medicine wheel, Celtic standing stones and barrows, pre-Christian labyrinths – and spending time with live wolves. We will discuss this innovative combining of contemporary and ancient approaches to healing in relation to both traumatised and highly sensitive people.