The Role of Nature and Animals in Relational Therapy | London

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Date(s) - 12/04/2019
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Cass Business School


CPD Hours six


Nature and the outdoors have an enduring appeal – which can be integrated into relational therapeutic work. In this 1-day workshop you will hear about the role of nature in supporting healthy relationships, as well as the emerging evidence base for animals working therapeutically with humans, facilitated by human practitioners. Internationally known as Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI), this is a fascinating therapeutic modality, which takes place when horses, dogs, wolves, or other living creatures interact with people who are in difficulty. In addition, the day will give an overview of the relevance of equine-facilitated therapeutic interventions, in the light of the theory, practice, and emerging evidence base for psychotraumatology.



09:30 – Registration and introductions

10:00 – Kelvin Hall: What Animals Offer – The Re-discovery of Presence and Connection

11:00 – Coffee

11:15 – Sarah Paton Briggs: The world of Animal Assisted Interventions

13:00 – Lunch

14:00 – Sun Tui: Human development and trauma recovery facilitated by animals

15:00 – Tea

15:15 – Teaching experiential exercises for relationship management

Relational embodiment exercises for use outdoors or in the therapy room (with or without animals)

16:15 – Closing questions and discussion

16:30 – End


Presented by:

Kelvin Hall has practiced as a psychotherapist for thirty years. His lifetime pursuit of the art of horsemanship led him to research the phenomena of human relationship to other-than-human life, on which he now writes and presents frequently. He has been a past Chair of Trustees and Chair of the Training Committee at Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling, and has received its Emeritus award. He has written extensively and has contributed chapters to two books around the theme of this talk. A recent published piece is “Envoys of Earth: What Horses Tell Us Now” for the website of the Climate Psychology Alliance. He offers equine-assisted process as part of his practice. He has also been a professional storyteller and is deeply immersed in the life of the Gloucestershire countryside.

Sarah Paton Briggs is a therapist and supervisor accredited by both COSRT and BACP. She holds two certifications in equine-facilitated therapy, from IFEAL and from LEAP. She works at The Grove Practice in central London in the role of Clinical Director and Training Director. Her private practice in Malmesbury, Wiltshire comprises equine-facilitated therapy on a farm and room-based therapy with optional involvement of her dog.

Based on clinical guidelines for trauma recovery, Sarah believes that body-based awareness contributes to lasting change across three domains: cognitive, emotional, somatic: creating sustainable emotional and cognitive restructuring for essential relational skills. Therapeutic work informed by animals gives valuable information and insight for her client work with individuals and couples and groups.

She specialises in trauma therapy, particularly for survivors of sexual crimes. Her chapter “Soulful Space” was written at the request of Matt Carey in his book “A Small Boy Smiling” which gives his account of a recovery journey from ritual childhood sexual abuse by an organised paedophile ring. She also manages clinical operations for The Grove’s trauma therapy service as part of the rehabilitation scheme for those affected by the Grenfell fire.

As a therapist commissioned by Walking With The Wounded and Help For Heroes, she has experience of working with military veterans, as well as experience working with serving forces personnel. Through association with Dare To Live Trust, Sarah has worked with Sun Tui in a lottery-funded programme for veterans, some of whom have been diagnosed with PTSD.

Her approach is eclectic and integrative, drawing from oriental and western philosophy as well as incorporating other modalities such as hypnotherapy.

Sun Tui is CEO of IFEEL Qualifications and is experienced in delivering quality-assured psychotherapeutic training programmes, including Levels 5-7 accredited qualifications in Equine-Facilitated Human Development and Psycho-Traumatology. Sun is a Trauma-Focused clinical supervisor. Sun lectures internationally on best practice in Equine Facilitated Interventions (EFI) and is regarded as a thought-leader in training facilitators in this modality. Sun is currently a PhD candidate evaluating the IFEAL Method of Equine Facilitated Psychotraumatology. Sun is Clinical Lead at FirstLight Trust and the Dare to Live Trust, charities that provide Trauma and PTSD treatment services for first responders and their families. Sun also provides clinical services for the US DoD Veterans Evaluation Service in UK.

Sun’s education as a Psycho-Traumatologist includes training for the treatment of Depression (including severe & mixed depression disorders (DMX), dysthymia, cyclothymia & SAD), Anxiety, Personality Disorders, Trauma, Complex C-PTSD and Incident PTSD that utilizes evidence based Trauma Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (TF-CBT) protocols; Prolonged Exposure (PE); Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT); Imaginal Rescripting & Reprocessing Therapy (IRRT); Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET); KidNET;  Exposure, Relaxation & Rescripting Therapy (ERRT) for post-trauma nightmares; Skills Training in Affective & Interpersonal Regulation (STAIRS); Schema and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT); Interpersonal Therapy (IPT); Level 3 Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR); Equine Facilitated Psycho-Traumatology (EFPT).


Terms and Conditions

The full fee for each training day is £115 for COSRT members and £125 for non-members. Cheques should be made payable to COSRT in GB pounds sterling. Payment must be received by COSRT before the training day. Confirmation and details of your booking will be emailed to you.

Cancellations must be made in writing. There is an administrative charge of £20 per person for cancellations received up to six weeks prior to the training day. Thereafter no refund is possible. To substitute a delegate please call the COSRT office (020 8543 2707) at least seven days prior to the event.

COSRT reserves the right to change the venue or speakers due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event of a training day being cancelled, a full refund will be made, but COSRT disclaims any further liability.

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