PROFESSIONAL GROWTH AND EDUCATION
FOLLOW THE QUEST . . . to Professional Growth
Our Education Programs
DESIGNED FOR PROFESSIONALS IN:
We customize programs for students or faculty in psychotherapy, counseling, coaching, education or leadership that address the cutting edge applications of Equine Experiential Learning in your work and sort through the required training and philosophies of this burgeoning field. Continuing education credit may be available.
HORSES & HUMANS; INSTINCT & NATURE
At Spirited Quest, we strongly recognize the relationship of our equine work to the field of Ecopsychology. The human species has much to gain by recognizing its innate connection with nature, but accessing these instincts is challenging in the noise of our frenetic culture. Fortunately, horses are well equipped to act as liaisons and ambassadors for humans in their relationship with the greater natural world.
"Ecopsychology develops the interface of the human psyche and the natural world with an emphasis on psychology and a particular view of connectedness in human– nature relationships." - John V. Davis, Ph.D
Professionals involved in mental health care or education will benefit from a thorough understanding of these topics and their rapidly increasing relevance for these professions.
Our sessions feature non-riding activities in a safe and comfortable combined classroom/outdoor environment at various locations in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area.
Sessions are experiential. Clients learn about themselves and about others through participating in the horse activities, primarily groundwork, and discussing behaviours and emotions elicited through the process. Clients may work individually, or with others in a team approach, depending upon presenting issues. - Karen Frewin and Brent Gardiner in 2005 article published in The Australian Journal of Counseling Psychology