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Friday Lunchtime Lecture Series: Equine Assisted Work with Highly Sensitive People, Alane Freund, LMFT

  • Fri, April 08, 2016
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Corte Madera Town Center, Room 201 - 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925



April 8, 2016

Equine Assisted Work 

with Highly Sensitive People

Alane Freund, LMFT, EAGALA Certified


Did you know that up to 50% of therapy clients are Highly Sensitive People (HSPs)? High sensitivity is a trait found in about 20% of human and many animal populations, and is distinguishable from disorders and mental illness, though it may be coexisting according to psychologist, researcher and author, Dr. Elaine Aron. The single most effective therapeutic intervention with HSPs is educating them about their trait, helping them learn adequate self-care and empowerment. If we are successful in the therapy, HSPs are much more likely than other clients to benefit. Alane Freund, LMFT, will present a combination of key findings about highly sensitive people, including issues of differential diagnosis, examples of the use of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy with HSPs, and a top line summary of the facts and tools utilized in her two day in-depth capacity building workshop for therapists called HSPs and Horses: A Deeper Understanding of High Sensitivity.

Why horses with Highly Sensitive People? Horses, as prey animals, are highly sensitive by nature…and have as many different personalities, attitudes and sensitivities as HSPs. But, their acute awareness and sensitivity is fundamental to keeping them alive, indeed it is their greatest asset, just as it once was for humans. Horses demonstrate to both HSPs, and professionals who work with them, a model for healthy Sensory Processing Sensitivity. Elaine Aron’s acronym, D.O.E.S., illuminates four main HSP characteristics: Depth of processing, easily Over stimulated, Emotionally reactive/empathic, and sensitive to Subtle stimuli. In every single session of EAGALA-model equine assisted work, the horses demonstrate D.O.E.S. and healthy communication, providing beautiful opportunities for intervention and insight.

Alane Freund, LMFT, MHS, ES, EAGALA certified, has been in private practice for over 20 years and has an equine assisted psychotherapy practice in Woodacre, California. She received her Master’s in Clinical Psychology in 1994, and a Master’s in School Counseling in 2000. She found her true calling when she became certified by EAGALA, the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association, and became a dually certified Mental Health Specialist and Equine Specialist in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Alane Freund, a lifelong horsewoman, is blessed to combine her professional training with her passion in EAGALA-model psychotherapy. In 2011, she met Elaine Aron, PhD, author and researcher on Highly Sensitive People, and has since become a consultant and therapist specializing in Highly Sensitive People in her private Equine Assisted Psychotherapy practice, Heart and Mind Equine. Heart and Mind offers workshops and trainings on high sensitivity for both clients and therapists, including our weekend workshop for therapists with national field leader, Elaine Aron, on May 14-15, 2016, as well as individual and family therapy, groups, consultation sessions for helping professionals, and executive team building workshops. Contact the Heart and Mind team at or by calling 510 421 4281. 

Time: Networking is from 11:30 to 12:00 p.m. Presentation begins at 12:00 pm and ends at 1:30 p.m.

Cost: Free for Marin CAMFT members, $10 for non-members.

Location: Corte Madera Town Center, Room 201 - 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925 (map)

Information: For more information about the Friday Lunchtime Program Series and about joining the Committee, please contact the Chair, Gabriel Rabu.

Continuing Education Goal:
Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to train licensees to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice.

Refund Policy: Requests for refunds must be in writing and received by the Director at Large for Programs no later than ten days before the program. There will be a $25.00 administrative fee to cancel registration for any program. The refund will be sent within ten days of the request.

Accommodation for Special Needs: The special needs of persons with disabilities will be accommodated. The Program Committee will endeavor to assure that continuing education program materials, content and venue selections will meet the special needs of the disabled and that reasonable accommodation will be made. A request for accommodation can be made to the Director at Large for Programs, who will work with the Committee and event venue to meet the need.

Marin CAMFT encourages those who attend its events to respect the fact that some individuals may have allergies to fragrances and pet dander. We ask that you refrain from introducing these elements into our meeting room. Registered service animals are welcome, of course. 
Grievance Procedure: Marin CAMFT will respond to complaints in a reasonable, ethical and timely manner, when submitted by program attendees in writing to the Director at Large for Programs.
Anti-Discrimination Policy: Marin CAMFT shall not discriminate against any or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender, race, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age or other prohibited basis. Marin CAMFT does not require attendees to adhere to any particular religion or creed in order to participate in training. Marin CAMFT will not promote or advocate for a single modality of treatment that is discriminatory or likely to harm clients based on current accepted standards or practice.

CEUs: This workshop meets the qualifications for 1.5 CEUs for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs. These will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CEP # 56895), which is approved by CAMFT to sponsor CE for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents Contact Laurie Buntain, Director-at-Large for Programs for more information.

Marin County Chapter of CAMFT                  

PO Box 9065 San Rafael, CA 94912-9065     

(415) 459 3484

Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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