Scholarships Available for Upcoming Connection Focused Therapy Programs

Are you a therapist, caretaker, coach, or horse professional working closely with therapists? Would you like to learn advanced techniques for helping individuals and families with complex case scenarios, including post-traumatic stress from abuse, war, criminal acts, or accidents, high or low conflict divorce, as well as dealing with difficult change situations? If your answer is yes, there’s still time to join Dr. Rebecca Bailey and Linda Kohanov, innovators in the fields of equine-facilitated therapy and experiential learning, for their Healing the Herd: Connection Focused Therapy® programs in Kenwood, California from August 18th through August 22nd or in Amado, Arizona from November 17th through 21st.

These 5-day unique educational opportunities focus on:

  • Overview of origins and key theories/therapeutic modalities employed and relevant research
  • Increasing and enhancing the understanding of the role of the autonomic nervous system
  • Learning basic skills for effective co-regulation in therapeutic relationships
  • Exploring and experiencing the role of equine-assisted interventions in trauma
  • Creating a safe space for clients
  • Increasing emotional resilience
  • Understanding and preventing compassion fatigue, while nurturing personal and professional relationships

Daily sessions will involve interactive theory, alternated with demonstrations and horse exercises. Prior horse experience is not necessary. Sessions will involve ground exercises with horses only. No mounted horse activities will take place during this program.

Thanks to the generosity of Nelda University, the producer of Linda’s online course Connections 101: Life Wisdom from the Herd, two partial scholarships are available to help cover program costs for each of these workshops. Please contact Sue Smades at or 520-455-5908 for further information.

For a limited time, a 20% discount on the Connections 101 online course is also available. Enroll at and use code horse20.

Rebecca Bailey, Ph.D., is a leading family psychologist, personal therapist, and equestrian who has become a world-renowned professional teacher, speaker, author, and entrepreneur. The founder of Transitioning Families, Dr. Bailey has worked with law enforcement and the FBI to raise awareness and sensitivity to the issues that victims of rape, abduction, and other crimes face in surviving these extreme experiences, reuniting with their families, and healing over time. While she has worked with hundreds of individuals and families in crisis, Rebecca is best known as the therapist who helped Jaycee Dugard reunite with her family after being rescued from a highly publicized 18-year abduction in California. Dr. Bailey is also the creator of the Polyvagal Equine Institute, an organization dedicated to equine-assisted psychotherapy and education with a focus on applying Dr. Stephan Porges’ research on the autonomic nervous system to a variety of populations.

Linda Kohanov, author of five books, including The Tao of Equus (2001), and The Power of the Herd (2013), has worked with numerous mental health professionals over the years to offer equine-facilitated interventions to people in crisis, including rape and childhood sexual abuse survivors, veterans and their spouses, and families dealing with divorce, remarriage, troubled teens, suicide attempts, and other challenges. Since 2003, Linda has also trained over 300 professionals worldwide in the techniques she and her colleagues have developed since Eponaquest was originally founded in 1997 as a collective of counselors, educators, and horse trainers.

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