Generation Farms offers integrative healing opportunities through
wellness programs, horsemanship, nature and professional training.

Workshops and Events - 2017 dates are here!

Most workshops are suited for participants with no horse experience.

All programs held at our new Quennell Road location in Yellow Point!

 

February - March 2017 

Professional Training 

An Introduction to Working with Trauma

 Kate Burns MSW RCC and Deborah Marshall MA RCC

 Monday February 27 to Friday March 3    9 am to 5 pm

Location: Generation Farms - 3055 Quennell Road Nanaimo BC on Vancouver Island.

This workshop is intended for people who are working with populations who have experienced relational trauma. May include front line workers, social workers, counsellors and others working in the helping field with traumatized people.

 And who are:

  • Finding themselves feeling overwhelmed
  • Unsure about how to help their clients
  • Impacted by the challenges of their work
  • Seeking ways to keep their personal balance

The focus will be on understanding and effectively responding to interpersonal trauma although the concepts and practices may relate to other forms of trauma such as accident and medical trauma.

Using an approach that is:

  • relational
  • integrative
  • mindful
  • connecting mind & body
  • multi-modal
  • collaborative
  • attuned
  • informed by social and cultural context
Participants will deepen methods for supporting their clients while maintaining their own clarity of thought and wellbeing. 

Forty years of research (Duncan, Miller, Wampold and Hubble 2010) indicates that the technique or model of therapy contributes 8 to 15 percent towards desired outcomes. The most effective intervention offered by therapists is the client-therapist relationship. 

This workshop is intended to offer a sustainable approach for practitioners to support people with trauma and is not intended to teach a specific model of trauma therapy.

 Cost is $800 plus 5% GST. This includes lunches, drinks and snacks, plus all materials.

 Please register by January 15, 2017

 Registration will be done through Generation Farms. Email generationfarms@shaw.ca for a registration form or questions.

Payment by cheque or email transfer. 

May 2017

Explorations in Equine Facilitated Wellness  Generation Farms in Nanaimo BC 

May 27 & 28; Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 5 pm

Trainers: Deborah Marshall MA with Kate Burns MSW and Emily Pelletier MA, and our Generation Farms staff and herd

This is an introduction into the field of Equine Facilitated Wellness and the role of the equine, safety issues when working with equines and humans and other core concepts of EFW. It will feature two days of experiential learning at Generation Farms, combined with a distance learning component. A manual will accompany the training.

Participants will leave with a general understanding of the EFW field and the next steps if they want to develop their skills further in this field.

Explorations in EFW is open to anyone.

Learning Objectives of Explorations in EFW:

  1. General understanding of Equine Facilitated Wellness (EFW)
  2. Awareness of the history and foundation for EFW approaches
  3. Increased sensitivity to the horse, its needs and abilities
  4. Appreciation and understanding of the perspective of the horse as a 'sentient being'
  5. Appreciation of the safety and risk management issues and considerations in EFW
  6. An introduction to how EFW can be applied with clients in individual, family and group environments
  7. An introduction to how EFW can be applied with different client populations and needs
  8. Understanding of the EFW - Canada training, mentoring and certification model and how this applies to candidates
  9. An appreciation of the importance of always working within your scope of practice
  10. The development of personal next steps in exploring the EFW field.
  11. Ideas of what people can do when they leave 

$595 plus 5% GST. Includes healthy lunches, snacks and all materials.

For more information please email generationfarms@shaw.ca 

June 2017

Explorations in Equine Facilitated Wellness  Highlands Gate, Lanark Highlands Ontario (45 minutes from Ottawa)

June 17 and 18

Assisted by Susan Cressy and her Highlands Gate herd

July 2017

Reflection of the Horse - The Generation Farms Approach - Week One Professional Training

This fulfills Focus Training Week One requirement in the EFW - Canada Certification Program

July 10 through 15  (Monday through Saturday) - This five-day program has a free day on Thursday for rest and integration.

This is a one-week program for mental health/education professionals and equine professionals as well as others who want to explore EFW for their own personal interests. You will learn the fundamentals of the Generation Farms Approach to EFW. Previous exposure to equine facilitated work and/or Explorations in EFW is beneficial before attending this program.

The main focus of this week is to enhance awareness of the horse and its unique abilities to connect with humans in a deep and healing way. Participants will engage in experiential exercises with the horses and each other to deepen their connection with themselves, the horses and each other. They will learn about and experience the fundamental skills of the Generation Farms approach including:

  • understand fight, flight and freeze
  • how to work within a healing Window of Tolerance
  • present moment body centred focus
  • using all the senses
  • knowing when and why to pause and allow time
  • reflective and active approaches
  • introduction to a nature based approach
  • Authentic Horsemanship and its application
  • safe guarding the horse
  • proximity boundaries and energetic boundaries

Participants need to have sufficient resilience and stability to engage in the experiential components. This is not intended as a therapy group.

Total cost is $2500 plus GST for both Week One and Week Two when they are taken in the same year. $1495 plus 5% GST when taking Week One alone.  

For more information please email generationfarms@shaw.ca

 

Integration Week

July 31 to August 4; Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm

Integration Week is a five day program for NAEFW certification candidates who are ready to work with others and create your own programs. This is a chance to expand your skills and awareness in a safe learning environment.

$1250 plus 5% GST

For more information please email generationfarms@shaw.ca .

 

August 2016

Reflection of the Horse -  The Generation Farms Approach - Week Two

This fulfills Focus Training Week Two requirement in the EFW - Canada Certification Program

August 21 to 26; (Monday through Saturday) This five day program has a free day on Thursday for rest and integration.

Expand your learning about Generation Farms Approach in this five day program. This week will focus on helping others experience the world using the Generation Farms skills and approach. This week is suitable for people who are going into the EFW field. It will review the concepts of the GF Approach and put them into practice with each other and the horses including:

  • review neurobiology and EFW concepts
  • putting together an EFW session
  • practice sessions with each other
  • horse as co-therapist
  • sensory healing and re-integration
  • nature based experiential
  • practical aspects of EFW including equipment, suitable horses and facilities, insurance
  • create a personal Scope of Practice document which lays out your personal path for further development and guidelines for the work you will do
Participants need to have sufficient resilience and stability to engage in the experiential components. This is not intended as a therapy group.

 Trainers: Deborah Marshall MA RCC; Kate Burns MSW RSW, Emily Pelletier MA as well as the Generation Farms staff and herd.

Total cost is $2500 plus GST for both Week One and Week Two when they are taken in the same year. $1495 plus 5% GST when taking Week Two alone.  

For more information please email generationfarms@shaw.ca

 

 

Workshop fees generally include lunch or snacks and materials.

Registration and inquiries are most easily done by email to generationfarms@shaw.ca.

Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy Sessions, Nature Based Sessions and HorseEmPower Child and Youth Care sessions are conducted on a regular basis and can be booked by emailing at  generationfarms@shaw.ca. Email is best for us as we are generally outside! You can leave a message at our Bowen Road counselling office (250) 754-7703. Our reception staff there will forward the message to Generation Farms. 

Our programs are private and independently offered. You may be able to have professional development credit in various organisations in the Counselling, Equine and Equine Facilitated Wellness fields. Our adult programs are accepted for credit with the National Association for Equine Facilitated Wellness. For information about our training programs  click here.

Spaces for workshops can be held by a non-refundable deposit. Registration and inquiries are most easily done by email to generationfarms@shaw.ca .

  • If you would like a phone conversation just email we will book a time.
  • Upon request you will receive a registration form.
  • Your space is held once we have received a your registration form and your deposit or full payment.
  • Payments can be made by Visa or MasterCard, email transfer or cheques can be mailed to the mailing address


Mailing Address: Generation Farms PO Box 435 Station A, Nanaimo BC V9R 5L3


Please watch for new programs as they are offered!

 

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