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Mental Health in Therapeutic Riding

March 10th, 2107 10:00-12:00 Mental Health in Therapeutic Riding

Our presenters Susanne Haseman & Lasell Bartlett will provide information on mental health issues in therapeutic riding. Both ladies have extensive experience working with individuals with mental health diagnoses in therapeutic riding (mounted and unmounted) and equine facilitated experiential learning. Susanne and Lasell will help shed light on certain behavioral and mental health diagnoses for better understanding and more effective help. Diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Bipolar, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Veterans issues, will be covered.

 Lasell Bartlett, MSW integrates over forty years of experience in the fields of mind/body awareness with professional expertise as a clinical social worker and therapeutic riding instructor, focusing on helping horses and humans develop the best relationships imaginable. Lasell has completed the three year training to be a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and is enjoying integrating this into her teaching. Lasell is passionate about horses, about safety around horses, and about nurturing a calm learning environment. Her motto is “It’s our nature to get along.” She excels in helping people bring creativity and awareness to their relationships and think differently about the sensitivities, responsiveness, and presence of themselves and their horses. has completed the three year training to be a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and is enjoying integrating this into her teaching.

 At High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program in Sharon, Vermont, Lasell Currently teaches therapeutic riding and provides mental health focused services through the Connections program that she developed. She is certified by PATH International as an Instructor and an Equine Specialist.

 Lasell is passionate about horses, about safety around horses, and about nurturing a calm learning environment. Her motto is “It’s our nature to get along.” She excels in helping people bring creativity and awareness to their relationships and think differently about the sensitivities, responsiveness, and presence of themselves and their horses. has completed the three year training to be a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and is enjoying integrating this into her teaching. has completed the three year training to be a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and is enjoying integrating this into her teaching. has completed the three year training to be a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and is enjoying integrating this into her teaching.

Susanne Haseman, MEd, LCMHP, CEIP-MH Susanne is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and a Certified Equine Interaction Professional in Mental Health.

 She has been providing counseling and animal assisted therapy services for over 16 years. She is trained and provides EMDR to people with trauma and grief experiences. Sometimes we do that on horseback!

 She is a Path International Advanced Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor. She teaches therapeutic riding instructors and mental health professionals at First Light Farm and at the Horse Power Instructor Training School, and offers workshops on Animal Assisted Therapy and Education (HNoH). She also teaches the Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning workshop, PATH International’s workshops for horse professionals who want to work with equine assisted educators or therapists.

 She has served on the Certifying Board of Equine Interaction Professionals (CBEIP), and was on the Board of Directors for the Equine Facilitated Mental  Health Association for 6 years.

Please let me know if you plan to attend this worthwhile presentation. This is also open to anyone interested in learning more about what we do at High Horses. Donations gratefully accepted.

Ellen Zaika
Site/Volunteer Coordinator
HHTRP
volunteer@highhorses.org

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