What You Need to Know About Equus Coaching & Trauma

A Continuing Education Telecourse for Equus Coaches
With Koelle Simpson & Renee Sievert

We are witnessing a new level of awareness, understanding and communication about trauma.

In the last few years, the topic of trauma—and the impact of traumatic experiences—has begun rising to the foreground, and it is being discussed more frequently than ever before within the media, our local communities and in conversations with friends and family.

Thankfully, this is paving a pathway for many to step out of the shadows of shame and muster the courage to begin seeking support.

It’s truly wonderful news!

Yet, as an Equus Coach—if you are not a licensed therapist or a trained trauma specialist—what do you do if your client becomes triggered or begins processing past trauma during an Equus Coaching session?

While we are not in a position to train Equus Coaches in the field of clinical psychology, we do, however, want to help the Equus Coaching community learn how to best support clients while  providing a safe, effective and meaningful Equus Coaching session.

It’s important to be able to recognize when your client might be in need of support from a trained trauma specialist. In this telecourse, Koelle Simpson and Renee Sievert, RN, MFT, in partnership with the Koelle Institute, teamed up to talk further about:

  • The differences between Equus Coaching and traditional forms of talk therapy.  
  • How you can minimize the possibility of re-triggering or re-traumatizing your clients.
  • What you can do to help your clients feel safe if they become triggered during your Equus Coaching session.
  • How you can stay within your scope of your own experience, training and expertise.

Plus, this recording includes a Q&A time where Renee and Koelle answered questions.

This telecourse recording is free for ALL Equus Coaches and those in training. At the Koelle Institute for Equus Coaching, we want to ensure that, as an Equus Coach, you have all the important information and tools you need to create a safe, supportive and transformative environment for your clients.

To Prepare for This Telecourse:

***If you haven’t already—we strongly recommend completing the Understanding Trauma Continuing Education class. Though not required, you’ll find a wealth of detailed information to help you recognize the effects of trauma in your clients as well as when and how to make the necessary referrals for additional support that will provide the general foundation we’ll build upon for this course.

While anyone will benefit from this conversation, this telecourse has been thoughtfully designed for Equus Coaches and those enrolled in Equus Coach Training.


To Download This Free Telecourse:

Log into your account then go to the Herd Support Call Library for June 2019 located in the ‘Equus Coaching Resources’ section.

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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