Presented by Beth Anstandig Killough, MA, LMFT
Horse and humans have partnered in healing relationships for centuries. What is the mysterious healing and balancing impact these giant creatures have on our human emotional experience? As prey animals, horses are finely tuned, and “read” people, sensing our emotional states. They feel our most honest emotions even when we are not fully aware of them. In this talk, we will look at the unique window horses have into our emotional world and how this helps clients reconnect to a greater state of awareness. We will explore how horse-assisted therapy awakens emotional and physical attunement, creates an expansion of empathy, helps us identify natural leadership roles, and gives us an opportunity to practice communicating congruency. Horses provide kind and immediate feedback and they invite us to do the same. The talk will be full of unique stories of the unexpected and almost magical quality of what occurs between horse and human when the two come together in a simple encounter.
Beth Anstandig Killough, MA, LMFT, has been in private practice for over 10 years. She has been teaching for 20 years, and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Santa Clara University in the Graduate Counseling Psychology Program where she has supervised practicum students and taught a variety of core courses. She has been published in dozens of journals and magazines and is the author of An Anthology for Creative Writers: A Garden of Forking Paths (Prentice Hall, 2006). Beth fell in love with horses when she was 6 years old and has since been an active horsewoman in many disciplines. She owns and operates Take a Chance Ranch. in Morgan Hill, California where she provides equine therapy, corporate coaching, leadership training, and team culture transformation with the assistance of an exquisite herd of horses who are always willing to share their wisdom. Beth is the co-owner of The Circle Up Experience, a horse-assisted learning and leadership program, offering groups the opportunity to participate in non-riding activities with horses in order to reclaim natural instincts of leadership and awareness.
Register: You must register and make your payment by Monday February 22 at midnight for the early registration fee and to confirm your registration. You can also just show up and pay the higher “walk-in” fee. However, lunch and seating is not guaranteed for walk-ins, but is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please register online - we accept credit cards and PayPal. We do not store your credit card information on our site. If you are paying with check, your check must be received by Monday, February 22. Please allow up to 10 days for checks.
Note: While there are sometimes a few seats left for walk-ins ($33 members / $40 non-members), pre-registration online is required. We give the food counts a few days before the luncheon and cannot be accurate without pre-registration. If you find you must cancel, please call the chapter voicemail (408/235-0210).
Refunds are not always available and are never available without this notification at least 24 hours in advance. The contact persons are available to answer questions about the speaker and the topic. If you have questions about the procedure for registering, call the chapter voicemail. Guests are welcome to attend with you - please let us know the names by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and bring payment to the event.
CEUS are available - please be sure to add CEUs to your registration. You will receive 1.5 CEUs. To earn CEUs, you must sign in and sign out at the registration desk. We cannot make exceptions to this requirement from BBS.
This course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Science (PCE 1134, CAMFT - Santa Clara Valley Chapter).
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