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May 31, 2024

The Art of Attunement: How to listen when they won't talk

This is an NBCC approved course for 4 CE hours.

Suitable for MFT, LPC, CSW, and Psychologists

Class Schedule

9:30                     Check in and registration, coffee, and treats

10:00                  Introduction to equine assisted learning, safety, and personal responsibilities

10:15                  Instruction:


                                            Defining Attunement

                                                            Tracking moment to moment changes

                                                            Recognizing emotional cues

                                                            Observing body language


                                                            Objective versus subjective observations

Understanding the difference between interpreting a behavior through our own lens and seeking what the client is experiencing.          

How might our own interpretations of behavior impact our relationship with our clients?

11:00                  Instruction:

                                             Expanding Interpretations discussion forum

                                                            Multiple interpretations

                                                            Compassionate curiosity

                                                            Experience versus counter transference.


                                                            Behavior Thoughts Emotion Triangle

12-1pm                   MEAL BREAK


1:00                     Instruction:    

                                             Developing an eye for subtle cues

                                                            The importance of tiny tries

                                                            Matching your body language to clients’ needs


                                                            When less is more, 1234.

                                                            Responding vs reacting


                                                            Bids for connection

                                                            How is behavior communication?


2:00                     Instruction:

                                             Self-awareness and listening to what they are not saying.

                                                            What do you have to be aware of in your own body?

                                                            Pitfalls to communication                                                 


                                                            Joining with your clients


                                                            How did you recognize bids for connection?

                                                            “aha” moments

                                                            Final takeaways

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