Understanding Trauma

A Continuing Education 3-Part Pre-Recorded Telecourse for Equus Coaches

With Koelle Simpson & Renee Sievert



In our increasingly complex world, it is difficult to find an individual who has not experienced some form of trauma in their lives.
Be it physical, verbal, or sexual abuse, neglect, cultural oppression, bullying, war, or other catastrophic events—as an increasingly connected society, we’re becoming aware at unprecedented rates of the effects of trauma on our lives.

Because unresolved trauma patterns often arise when someone consciously or subconsciously feels they have entered into a genuinely safe and non-judgmental environment, Equus Coaches are very likely to come across clients who begin to process traumatic events from their past or present in the round pen.

While we are not in a position to train Equus Coaches in the field of clinical psychology, we do, however, want to support you in gaining a better understanding of how trauma patterns can affect mentally and emotionally healthy clients and how to best support yourself and your clients when these patterns arise. Gaining a solid, foundational understanding of how trauma patterns can affect your clients will enable you to be a more effective and confident Equus Coach.

During this 3-part pre-recorded teleseries you will learn:

  • What exactly trauma is and how to recognize a trauma pattern in a session.
  • How trauma creates a looping pattern of behavior that can lead to recreating a similar traumatic event.
  • The symptoms and criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • How to recognize dissociation in your clients and what to do when it happens.
  • What you can do within an Equus Coaching session to best support your client and stay within your scope of practice.
  • How to use reflective listening and empathy effectively to create a safe space for the client.
  • How and when to offer your client guidance or referral for further professional support.
  • Other modalities that can be effective in helping your clients integrate traumatic experiences.

Instructors Koelle Simpson and Master Facilitator Renee Sievert teamed up for this three-part teleseries to support your continued education as an Equus Coach.  You will learn from their personal stories, client examples, and great appreciation for the science and mystery of the effects of trauma on the human spirit. This teleclass series will provide important tools and insights that Equus Coaches can use to create safe and transformational experiences for your clients.

While designed with Equus Coaches in mind, anyone interested in learning more about trauma (even if they are not an Equus Coach) will gain new insights and a solid, foundational understanding of how trauma patterns can affect others through this teleseries.

Telecourse Details & Pricing

When you purchase the Understanding Trauma 3-Part Pre-Recorded Telecourse you will receive:

  • Three (3) 90-minute pre-recorded class audio files
  • Three (3) downloadable PDF handouts

This telecourse is $75.

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About Your Teachers

Koelle Simpson has been on a lifelong journey of integrating her own sexual abuse trauma.  Through her work with horses, she has been able to decipher the specific ways in which they have helped her rebuild trust in herself and thus learn to form healthy long-term relationships with others. While the road has been long and somewhat circuitous, Koelle’s deep desire to remain curious and open to learning has allowed her to witnessed the various ways that trauma impacted her internal dialogue, physical health, emotional states, and relationship patterns. Her passion for sharing this journey of healing and integration with clients and fellow students has been the foundation and birthplace of the Equus Coaching model.

Renee Sievert has over 30 years experience in healthcare and behavioral health. She is a registered nurse, holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology, is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), and is a Master Coach. Her love of learning has led to advanced certifications in HIV/AIDS, Gestalt Therapy, Critical Incident Stress Management, Domestic Violence, and Addiction Treatment.  She has worked with clients with trauma and stressor-related disorders in both inpatient and outpatient settings and has been a consultant and trainer for mental health and social service organizations incorporating trauma-informed care models.

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