HBA West Chester presents

Industry Trend: Therapies Beyond a Pill

Date and time
Tuesday, 23 October
  starting at: 05:30PM EST
Tuesday, 23 October
  ending at: 11:00PM EST
Thorncroft Equestrian Center
190 Line Road
Malvern, PA 19355

Event Contact
Christina Norris
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Event sponsor


Thorncroft Equestrian Center

Winston Churchill once said, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”

Churchill was talking about the benefits of horseback riding, but his comment goes deeper than just physical exercise. Being around animals has been shown to be good for the mind, too.

According to the Journal Annals of Long-Term Care, the therapeutic potential of the relationship between animals and humans was first recognized and explored in the 1800s by Florence Nightingale, who found that pets reduced anxiety in psychiatric patients and children. As early as the 1930s, Freud was known to bring his dog to therapy sessions.

However, it wasn’t until the second half of the 20th century that psychotherapists began more deeply exploring the ways in which the human-animal relationship could be used to benefit the therapy process. Finally, in the late 1980s, the first programs to certify animals for therapy arose.

Now, it is an industry trend; animals can be found in therapeutic programs in a variety of settings, from hospitals, to treatment programs for children with psychiatric issues, to substance abuse programs and more.

Together, Thorncroft Therapeutic Riding and Equestrian Center and Paws for People will help us explore how “Animal Assisted Therapies” can be utilized to improve the cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being of attendees both in the workplace and at home. Discover the benefits of animal assisted therapy for personal and professional growth. The workshop sessions will include the following topics:

Balance and Motion, presented by Terri Long, MPT

This presentation will be a hands on experience to educate the attendees on how the horse can positively affect your posture, balance and presence. Participants will learn how to become more aware of their body in space both on and off the horse. Participants will learn how to improve their core strength and postural alignment which in turn improves their overall presence – at home and at work. Good posture and a strong stance projects openness and a willingness to work. Poor posture has been ranked as one of the top mistakes that contribute to a bad first impression.

Perception and Relationships, presented by Kristen DeMarco, Executive director, Gateway Horseworks

As highly perceptive and intuitive prey animals, horses read their environment with precision in order to keep them and their herd safe. Horses can provide a mirror for humans to better understand our own actions, intentions, and communication styles and skills. This activity will focus on our perceptions of ourselves, other’s perceptions of us and how to use this insight to better understand how to achieve congruence in our professional and personal relationships.

Recognizing and Managing Stress, presented by Lynne Robinson, Executive Director and Founder of PAWS

As stress is defined as “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances,” and is very prevalent in today’s society. Stress can manifest itself in many different areas of life, from student exam periods, to heavy workload times (think the accountant in April), or even in tragic circumstances, such as the death of a loved one or associate, or threats to one’s safety and well-being. This activity will focus on how to recognize stress, internally and externally and how canine therapy can help alleviate stress people experience in many different situations. By simply being a presence onsite, therapy companions can lift spirits, decrease anxiety and bring a measured positive focus to the day.

5:30 - 6:00 PM    Networking and hors d'oeuvres
6:00 - 6:30 PM    HBA welcome and workshop instructions
6:30 - 7:30 PM    Three 15-minute workshops and Q & A
7:30 - 8:00 PM    Closing remarks and networking

Special instructions: Free parking

Registration information Event is open to: HBA members and nonmembers
Online registration deadline: 23 October 2018
Onsite (walk-in) registration: Is allowed
    *To register onsite, please arrive a few minutes early and be prepared to use a smartphone or
      other mobile device to register. Please note that payment is due prior to the start of the event
      and cash is NOT accepted as payment. Please show your emailed receipt as proof of registration.

This event is nonrefundable.

Featured speakers

Kristen  DeMarco
Executive director
Gateway Horseworks
Terri  Long
Thorncroft Equestrian Center
Lynne  Robinson
Executive director and founder
Learning Objectives
1. Improve overall presence by focusing on core strength and postural alignment.
2. Understand your own actions, intentions, and communication styles and skills.
3. Identify strategies for recognizing stress within the office and/or colleagues.

Registration information

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 Price LevelEarly bird (until 10 Oct.)Regular (after 10 Oct.)
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Registration: Regular registration

 Member - Euro€26.00€34.00
 Non-Member - Euro€39.00€51.00

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