Fundamentals of Psychodynamic Equine Assisted Trauma Therapy

Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 8:30 AM - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 5:00 PM (EST) More Information →

Earn 20 continuing education hours. The PEACH Pit and Minds-n-Motion are partnering to present an intensive training focusing on the fundamentals of Psychodynamic Equine Assisted Trauma Therapy. This PEATT intensive training is facilitated by Clinical Psychologist Ilka Parent, DeGPT Trauma Therapist and founder of Minds-n-Motion.

Experience innovative applications of equine-assisted psychotherapy to work with people who have experienced trauma, with a specific focus and case examples applicable to veterans and service members.

Open to equine and mental health professionals, preferably with experience in equine-assisted psychotherapy. Twenty (20) CORE contact hours of continuing education have been approved for social workers and counselors.

Prerequisite: "The Fundamentals of Equine Assisted Trauma Therapy," a book by Ilka Parent (not included in the registration fee)

The registration fee includes four full days of workshop activities, plus catered breakfast, lunches and snacks all days.

Participants in this four-day workshop will:

  • Learn the Fundamentals of Psychodynamic Equine Assisted Trauma Therapy (PEATT)
  • Learn about assessing and differentially diagnosing Posttraumatic stress reactions and disorders.
  • Get an overview of the specific treatment approach and techniques to Acute Posttraumatic Stress Disorders and Crisis Intervention, non-complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorders and complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorders in both theoretical presentations as well as with hands-on experiences.

For more information contact Gwendolyn Coley.

Registration for this unique workshop will be limited to 24 participants to maximize learning opportunities.
Registration deadline is April 1, 2019. Early registration has ended.


Day One: The Fundamentals of Psychodynamic Equine Assisted Trauma Therapy – with particular focus on combat  related stress reactions/disorders. Review and Practice

Day Two: The Essentials of Equine Assisted Trauma Therapy

  • Diagnostics

  • Tools and Techniques

Day Three: Case Vignettes /Practice Session of working with

  • Posttraumatic stress reactions, 

  • Posttraumatic stress disorders

Day Four: Complex PTSD: diagnostics, tools and techniques

  • Prerequisite: PEATT training returnee or those who have completed the previous three days of training


On-site in one of two shared cabins: $25 per person per night. Each cabin can sleep up to eight, but we will reserve space for only six in each. Each cabin has a small refrigerator, coffee pot, microwave and shared bathroom (shower, toilet, sink). 

Closest hotels
Days Inn and Suites, Fort Valley: $53 per night, about five miles from venue: includes breakfast; 300 Commercial Heights, HWY 49 and 9, 6 and 341, Fort Valley, GA, 31030; 855-799-6859

Valley Inn, Fort Valley: $75 per night, about five miles from venue; 204 Commercial Heights, Fort Valley, GA 31030; 478-822-9090

Grandeur Farm Equine Retreat, $75 per night, about eight miles from venue: 9975 GA Hwy 127 East, Marshallville, GA 31057: B&B, shared bathroom, about 9 miles from venue; family and pet friendly; check in at 3; 478-967-2145, 478-235-3654;

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Byron, $109 per night, about 15 miles from venue: 312 Highway 49 N, Byron, GA, 31008 1-855-799-6861

105 miles from ATL airport 
Groome Transportation offers several shuttles a day from airport to Byron for $45 each way;; send email to The PEACH Pit at with arrival time ($5 charge for pickup).

Driving: For GPS, use 1345 River Road, Fort Valley, GA 31030