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Equine Facilitated Insights: Therapeutic Leadership

Therapeutic Leadership

As therapists we represent hope, help and guidance to our clients.  In this unique workshop, you will be guided to actually experience, not just talk about, various leadership and support roles and strategies.  Come for a full day of small group collaboration with lots of hands-on practice that will enhance your connection, collaboration and clinical skills!

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Equine Facilitated Insights:

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In this one-of-a-kind workshop, participants will engage in didactic and experiential work to gain insight into the behavioral, intellectual and emotional patterns that affect their clinical skills.  As therapists, we rely on theoretical frameworks and clinical experience, but we bring these to life and practice by filtering them through the only real “instrument” we have – ourselves.  Come fine tune your sensitive instrument with Pamela Suraci, LMFT, a team of equine facilitators, and members of your collegial community.

There is no riding and no horse experience is necessary.

Our equine partners ask only that you come with open eyes, ears and heart.

Course Objectives:

As a result of participating, attendees will:

1)Gain at least 2 skills to increase self-awareness as relates to the practice of psychotherapy  

2) Describe 2 self-soothing techniques  

3) Be able to identify 3 aspects of healthy connection  

4) Describe 2 necessary components of maintaining connection  

5) Name 2 strategies for repairing lost or broken connection  

6)  Gain awareness of the strengths and challenges of 3 therapeutic leadership styles   

7) Communicate 3 ways in which client/community support systems can be enhanced  

8) Enhance knowledge of prevention and treatment strategies for therapist burnout/compassion fatigue

Join us for a truly unique CEU experience, from the inside out!

Class size is strictly limited to 8 to ensure participants a full experience with personal attention.

Registration for the 8 CEU class is $200

A box lunch and morning coffee will be provided.

Class will be held on a working ranch.  The majority of class is in a covered arena, but there will be options to be outdoors.  You will experience dust, dirt, uneven terrain and some allergens (animals, hay, grass, etc).  Participants will be standing, sitting and walking for some extended periods of time, and all activities encouraged, but optional.  The instructor and assistants will be available for the duration of the class.



Only pre-registered participants may attend; no auditing or “at the door” registration allowed. 

Non- resident animals prohibited.  No flash photography allowed


Call (805) 541-4090 to ask about course content, instructors, to request accommodations for disability, submit a formal grievance or other questions related to the course.

Confirmation Notices and Certificates of Completion: Registration will be confirmed by email or phone. Please call if you do not receive confirmation.

Successful completion of class includes full attendance and submission of the evaluation form. No partial credit will be given. Course completion certificates will be available at the end of day.

Transfers and Cancellations: Due to the specialized nature of this course, registrants must cancel with at least 7 days’ notice. Registrants cancelling with less notice MAY receive a full refund (less a $15 administrative fee) if there is a participant on the wait list available to take his/her place. In the unlikely event that the class is cancelled, full refunds will be made to participants within one week of cancellation.
CAMFT –Approved continuing education provider #128838
Pamela Suraci/A Balanced Approach is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Pamela Suraci, LMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. This course meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences


Your Instructor

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Pamela Suraci

Pamela Suraci, LMFT, has been a therapist for over 25 years and has specialized in solution focused and systems therapy.  She is also a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist. She credits her life-long connection with horses as an integral part of her happiness and success as a therapist, mentor and human.