Messages from the O.K. Corral Series
BEAT the 2024 Price Increases!
With more certification seminars in 2023 than ever before, earn your certification now or pre-pay for future seminars to lock in your rate! The countdown to 2024 has begun...and we are anticipating a continued rise in costs. Office expenses, equine care and maintenance, and travel costs have more than doubled over the past year - as you are probably well aware. We want to give you advance notice that the OK Corral will institute price increases January 1, 2024. This includes all certification seminar rates, membership, and the always-popular Passport Program. While we expect a significant increase, the OK Corral pricing will remain competitive with or even more affordable than other certification options. We also invite pre-registrations for future seminars at the 2023 rates up until December 31, 2023.
PEER-REVIEWED BRAIN MAPPING STUDY SHOWS POSITIVE EFFECTS OF EQUINE ASSISTED THERAPY FOR PTSD
Click this LINK to access a new study that supports the use of equine-assisted therapy with clients who suffer form PTSD. Researchers include Drs. Jane and Allan Hamilton - well-known researchers and practitioners in the equine-assisted modality.
RESPECT, SUPPORT, TRUST: WHAT SEPARATES US FROM THE HERD
The O.K. Corral Series is a people organization, and we never could even have been wished into existence without people. And not just a few. Fifteen years ago we had a vision for an equine-assisted organization that would share education, and specifically the philosophy Greg created with the help of hundreds of horses, clients, and colleagues. From countless hours of equine and herd observation, to working with incarcerated, addictions, at-risk and corporate populations, Greg crystallized his experiences into specific principles that can have miraculous results when combined with people and horses.
And to this day, people continue to sign up to learn new ways to help others through equine-assisted work. And we continue to be thankful for each and every person who registers, travels, listens, shares, writes notes, takes photos, volunteers for exercises, and becomes inspired to use their gifts in an equine-assisted way.
As an organization, it was never our goal to clone members into thousands of miniature “Gregs.” Or to give them a long list of Don’ts along with a precise script and the never ending threat of sanctions or excommunication. We did not tell O.K. Corral Members that there is one best way to practice equine-assisted work, and we certainly didn’t require them to keep us on their payroll once they had the information they came looking for in the first place. We didn’t ask members to pay us to regulate them. And what this really means is that we have always had a deep RESPECT for the individuals who seek our equine-assisted training. This means that their education and experience have value – even in the equine-assisted modalities. Each practitioner has the opportunity to use their own instincts, values, and talents to help clients – as well as anything they put in their toolkit at one of our seminars. Therapy is an art. And EAP is no exception. There is no room for tight-fitting boxes that don’t allow our membership to be the best they can be.
People are still surprised when they call the OK Corral and Greg may answer the phone. We are front lines. We are back office. We want to talk to you. We want to SUPPORT you. There are plenty of people out there who would like to make you feel insecure if you don’t attach yourself to a big-name organization or walk around wearing a logo that is not your own. We have your back. We are here for members in the shape of consultation, networking, mentorship – without financial strings attached. No one can ever take your education away from you, and applying your education in practice will cultivate your expertise. We want you to pursue as much education as you want or need, but our SUPPORT is not contingent on any payment or allegiance. We never wanted to be about the money – even if it meant our wishlist would have to wait so that we could offer discounts, payment plans, and generous refunds. Because we are about the people. We wanted it to be known that we weren’t about kickbacks or favoritism or offering rank and position to people who said what they thought we wanted to hear. We are real.
One thing we have learned is that O.K. Corral members are careful, and considerate, and more cautious than we would ever have imagined in their equine-assisted work. They take their practice very seriously, and as a result are both respectable and respected. We TRUST in OK Corral members. In many ways, these trailblazers follow the path of education for the sake of learning and personal betterment – with no carrots or sticks attached! And that is pretty remarkable in this day and age. They are confident and secure in their motivation and abilities. OK Corral members are here for the education, not because of insecurity or peer pressure. They are highly-qualified professionals who understand and cherish the power of horses in our work. O.K. Corral has remained the authentic, grass-roots leader in equine-assisted education for 15 years because of these unique characteristics.
We RESPECT. We SUPPORT. We TRUST, and we are grateful to all of you.
GREG KERSTEN INTERVIEW WITH BRITAIN'S JUNE BURGESS - WATCH HERE
ACTION REQUIRED - BOOK BEFORE 2021 RATE INCREASE
After seven years of maintaining certification rates, the O.K. Corral Series has announced a rate increase that will take effect January 1, 2021. Interested seminar participants are encouraged to attend a 2020 seminar to take advantage of current rates. Additionally, folks are invited to pre-pay for 2021 (and beyond) seminars by the end of the year to get future seminars at the 2020 rates. Membership and CEU certificate rates will not increase in 2021.
Certification Seminars 2021 Rates:
Standard Certification Rate $1275 (currently $1075)
Group or Early Registration Rate $1075 (currently $875)
Returning Rate $775 (currently $650)
Refresher Rate $475 (currently $250)
Passport Program – 6 Certification Seminars and Lifetime Membership $3500 (currently $2975)
CONVERT TO AN OK CORRAL PASSPORT TODAY!
Convert to the Passport Program before 2021 rate increases. This is the most flexible and economical way to a comprehensive education in original Equine-assisted Psychotherapy and equine-assisted learning.
CORONAVIRUS AND "BUSINESS AS USUAL" AT THE CORRAL
The O.K. Corral is dedicated to offering seminar participants flexibility in the face of the uncertainty that goes along with the Coronavirus. Our seminars will resume as planned starting at the end of April, barring any state or federal restrictions on the events. Our hosts are eager to meet you, and we have precautions in place to keep the seminars as safe as possible for participants - including keeping the attendance small, optimal sanitation, and safe food service. Rest assured that in the event that the OK Corral should cancel any seminar, participants will have the option of transferring their registration to another seminar or a full refund. We hope to meet you at a seminar soon, and please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions!
JULY MONTANA SEMINAR - PLEASE REGISTER ASAP!
The good news is that Whitefish, Montana is beautiful in late July. The bad news is the world knows that Whitefish, Montana is beautiful in late July! Lodging options for our "yellow" seminar (O.K., It's Family Time - DO Try This at Home!) are extremely limited. We have secured a group rate at a local hotel for $180/night, and that is about as good as it gets unless you are camping or renting an AirBNB. Even with such high rates, the lodging will be completely full soon, so please help us by registering for your seminar and reserving your lodging as soon as possible. We will see you in glorious Montana!
VETERANS' CLINICIANS SOUGHT
Operation Horses and Heroes is looking for clinicians to run programs for veterans and their families who are suffering from PTSD, TBIs, depression, etc. Applicants from the following states are requested: IL, IA, KY, WI, MI, ID, and KS. Specific qualifications would include having complete the O.K. Corral Series camouflage seminar, and clinicians who are currently serving or who have served in the military, especially with combat experience are preferred. For more information or to apply for consideration, please contact Cynthia Abraham (firstname.lastname@example.org).
NEWS: ACT FAST! 2019 HOLIDAY PASSPORT PROGRAM
Interested in attending multiple seminars or converting your membership to last a lifetime? We have a convenient and cost-effective solution with the Holiday Passport Program Special! Check out the details below and be sure to take advantage of the offer before it expires!
NEWS: OK CORRAL ANNOUNCES NEW TRAINERS FOR 2020!
In response to the increasing demand for O.K. Corral certification seminars both nation- and worldwide, we are happy to announce that we will have three new certification trainers joining the O.K. Corral team by the end of 2020! Over the past several months you may have had the opportunity to meet an O.K. Corral "Trainer in Training" at various certification seminars. We are thrilled to welcome Heide Burch, Kim Warner, and Scott Warner to the Corral and we know you will appreciate their experience and expertise! Look for their bios in upcoming Equine Assisted Networkers! Of course Greg Kersten will continue to train and certify folks in authentic EAP, too!
NEWS: BACK TO COLORADO IN AUGUST FOR A *PURPLE* SEMINAR!
PURPLE! YOU asked for it - and now you get it! "O.K." for Every Day is coming to Colorado this August! Due to the unique nature of the seminar, it is not offered as often as the others. Register early. This. seminar. will. fill. up.
NEWS: EAP PRACTITIONERS SOUGHT FOR STUDY
Dear O.K. Corral members:
My name is Heide Burch. I am working to complete my dissertation as part of my PhD in psychology. The topic of my study is how professionals in the field of equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) report EAP is used in practice. As part of this study, I would like to invite you to join in an interview about the current practice and research of EAP.
If you are interested, please see the following lists to determine if you may be appropriate for the interview.
Have training or a certificate in EAP
Using EAP in clinical practice at this time
Licensed as a Master’s level mental health clinician or social worker
Using EAP on an outpatient basis
Offer EAP training to mental health clinicians
Offer CEUs for these trainings or seminars
If you believe that you meet criteria for either group of study participants, and are interested in a brief one hour one-on-one interview regarding your experience, please contact me via phone 518-232-8542 or email H.Burch3383@o365.ncu.edu. Prior to the interview being scheduled, a pre-study criteria screening will occur.
If you have any questions regarding the study, please contact me via phone at 518-232-8542 or via email at email@example.com.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Heide L. Burch, M.S., LMHC
NEWS: JOIN US FOR GIDDY UP & GET OVER IT IN COLORADO THIS MAY!
We are excited to announce that we have added a "Green" seminar to the calendar. May 4-6, 2018, we will be offering the "Giddy Up & Get Over It" seminar at Gypsy Wind Ranch in Monument, Colorado! For more details and logistical information, visit our event calendar page!
NEWS: WINTER, 2018 CERTIFICATION SEMINAR CALENDAR
Winter is always an exciting time at the O.K. Corral! As we brace for the seasonal weather, we are excited to announce seminars being scheduled for the coming year! We will bask in the warmth of Tucson, Arizona this January before heading “Down Under” to our Australian stomping ground in February. We are excited to announce a new venue in Oregon for a March seminar, too! Of course, we enjoy hosting seminars at the O.K. Corral in Reno – and you will have four opportunities to visit us in the coming year! As always, we appreciate you for entrusting us with your equine assisted education! For the most up-to-date seminar calendar, please visit www.okcorralseries.com/event-calendar.
NEWS: FIRST O.K. CORRAL SEMINAR SCHEDULED FOR MISSISSIPPI
The O.K. Corral Series is making its maiden voyage to Mississippi! Not far from Elvis Presley's birthplace, we will be offering the "Green" seminar - "Giddy Up & Get Over It." The seminar will run August 18-20, 2017 and will be held at Buchanan Farms in Tupelo.
NEWS: O.K. CORRAL SERIES TWITTER REBOOT
After a few years of neglect, the O.K. Corral Series is back to tweeting! We welcome you to follow us on Twitter for news, insights, questions, and photos! @okcorralseries
NEWS: 2017 SEMINARS AT THE O.K. CORRAL IN NEVADA ANNOUCED
You only have three chances left to earn your equine-assisted certification at the O.K. Corral ranch this year! A terrific destination for training and vacation – the O.K. Corral is actually located on the Ponderosa of Bonanza fame! The ranch sits about a half hour from Virginia City – the old west mining town - and less than an hour from Lake Tahoe where Squaw Valley skiing will be available until July (and possibly through the summer). We will be offering the “Yellow” (family) seminar June 9-11, the “Camouflage” (veterans) seminar September 9 – October 1, and the “Red” (crisis) seminar October 20-22. Give us a call if you have questions, and remember to sign up early!
NEWS: NEW SEMINARS POSTED FOR 2017
The O.K. Corral Series seminar calendar for spring, 2017 is almost complete! We have recently added seminars in fabulous locations like Phoenix, Nashville, Las Vegas, and Saratoga Springs, NY. Consider starting the new year with some new equine-assisted skills!
RESEARCH: EAP RESEARCHER SEEKING EAP PARTICIPANTS
My name is Deby Torbett and I am a doctoral student in the psychology department at Walden University. I am writing to invite you to participate in my research study about equine facilitated psychotherapy (EFP). The purpose of this study is to explore the experiences of people who have participated in horse-assisted therapy. By exploring such experiences, we may be able to discover what the most valuable aspects of this type of therapy may be. By exploring the thoughts, perceptions, and feelings of people who have participated in horse-assisted therapy, we may gain insight into understanding the factors that lead to personal skill enhancement and improved self-esteem and competence. You are eligible to be in this study because you have participated in horse-assisted therapy.
I appreciate your interest in my dissertation research. I also appreciate your willingness to share your unique and personal thoughts, and feelings. I value the unique contribution that you can add to my study and I am excited about the possibility of your participation. Through your participation, I hope to understand the essence of exploring your experiences after participating in equine facilitated psychotherapy (EFP). I am seeking vivid, accurate, and comprehensive portrayals of what these experiences were like for you: your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that were connected to your experience. The process of this study will include interview questions via Skype or in-person.
Remember, your participation will be completely voluntary. I value your participation and thank you for the commitment of time, energy, and effort. If you’d like to participate or have any questions about the study, signing the release form or if there are any problems with the date and time of our interview, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you agree to this study, you will be asked to:
Sign an informed consent.
Participate in one or two interviews with the researcher that will be approximately 30-60 minutes each.
JOB: NORTHERN ILLINOIS LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL SOUGHT
EAP Therapist needed for northern Illinois! See the following: "Hi guys! Our practice is growing and we have a need for an additional mental health therapist that specializes in working with children, and wondering if you know of any that are OK Corral certified in our area. We are in Maple Park, IL. Thanks in advance!" Email the O.K. Corral if you are interested and we will put you in touch!
NEWS: HORSE EXHIBIT AT THE NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART
Calling all spring Reno seminar participants!!! If you are attending the May or June certification seminars, make time to check out the exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art: "The Horse!!!"
The exhibit will be in Reno until July 3, 2016!
NEWS: NEW SEMINAR ANNOUNCED FOR 2016! EAP/EAL WITH CHILDREN: "HORSES HELPING KIDS BE KIDS"
The O.K. Corral Series is partnering with Ride to Pride in Las Vegas, New Mexico to offer a new certification seminar focused on working with young clients. "Horses Helping Kids Be Kids" is a three-day, EAP/EAL certification seminar specifically designed for professionals who work with children and youth. Specific objectives for the seminar include instruction in the basic principles of Equine Assisted Philosophy, as well as the following:
- Engage clients in activities that are designed to promote skills-building and address a variety of behaviors
- Create an environment for change that is proven to be effective in addressing violence, substance abuse, and child abuse that naturally crosses cultural divisions with an emphasis on communication, trust, and respect
- Assessment and identification of behaviors related to an array of mental health conditions for which EAP is effective in youth
- Learn, practice, and process new techniques on how to "draw" useful and critical information from EAP sessions
- Understand the nonverbal parallel between horses and youth
Don't miss this exciting opportunity to further your knowledge and develop new skills in providing EAP services specifically for children and youth. If you are interested in hosting a "Horses Helping Kids Be Kids" seminar at your location, please visit the "Hosting" page on the O.K. Corral Series website!
NEWS: O.K. CORRAL LAUNCHES WEB PAGE TO HELP MEMBERS GET FUNDED!
O.K. CORRAL MEMBERS: DO YOU HAVE A FUNDRAISING EVENT OR CAMPAIGN? Advertise your efforts on our website fundraising page. Get the word out about your event or online campaign - free for members of the O.K. Corral Series! Send us an email (email@example.com) with details/images/web links - and we will help get the word out! The page can be found at "Member Events" in the "Resources" drop down menu. www.okcorralseries.com/member-events-and-fundraisers
NEWS: THE ORIGIN OF EAP - EQUESTRIAN TRAILBLAZERS SUMMIT INTERVIEW WITH GREG KERSTEN
Click on the link below, and enter the passcode "OK" to see Greg Kersten's interview with June Burgess of the Equestrian Trailblazers Summit. Learn how the modality Kersten called "EAP" evolved.
NEWS: FEBRUARY FLORIDA SEMINAR TAKES US TO OUR "HAPPY PLACE"
Almost the “Happiest Place on Earth!” The Yellow “O.K. It’s Family Time: DO Try This at Home!” seminar will be offered just outside Orlando in February! Crossroads Corral in Longwood, Florida will be the venue with hosts Lindsay Brim and Julie Hester. Could there be a better dual-purpose destination for families? Get your certification while the family meets Mickey Mouse! Early registration ends January 5, 2016!
NEWS: EQUESTRIAN TRAILBLAZERS SUMMIT
Today I’d like to give you the opportunity to listen in on an innovative and exciting equestrian discussion that I am participating in. And you have the opportunity to participate in this discussion for FREE. I am giving you exclusive access to some of the most successful and influential names in the horse world. One of my colleagues, June Burgess, experienced equestrian with over 40 years riding and expert in sports mindset and performance, has invited me to the Equestrian Trailblazers Summit! Because I was invited to speak at this summit, I can invite anyone that I want to listen in on the entire event(that’s not just my interview)!
Today, I’m inviting you to participate in the Equestrian Trailblazers video summit for FREE!
June asked me and 23 other elite riders, entrepreneurs, inventors, film makers and natural horse therapists to share our journeys from starting out on a career with horses to where we are now. Prepare yourself to be inspired by the dynamic professionals who are revolutionizing our industry-men and women who have stepped out of their comfort zones and pushed boundaries to win bigger, invent new products, increase understanding and improve equine communication.
If you are struggling to marry your passion for horses with your career…
If you need to re-examine your horse/work/life balance…
If you want to rekindle your once fervent passion for equestrian life…
…I strongly encourage you to listen in.
Twice a day for 12 days, join in as top equestrian experts discuss their struggles, achievements, and examine the mindset behind their success.
I’ve been invited to speak at one of the sessions, but I personally plan on listening to each speaker so that I too can learn from the best in our industry, these true Equestrian Trailblazers.
It’s FREE to sign up! Here is the link:
NEWS: OK CORRAL SERIES CORPORATE SERVICES FEATURED ON BOSMA ON BUSINESS
On May 2, 2015, Jennifer and Greg joined Mike Bosma on his radio show "Bosma on Business" to discuss the corporate services and "Herdbuilding" offered by the O.K. Corral Series. Listen to the broadcast here: http://www.stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=1851&c=8221&f=4333123.
NEWS: 2015 SEMINARS ADDED IN DENMARK, UK, & HAWAII
Recent additions to the O.K. Corral Series certification seminar calendar include a ("Blue") seminar in Vordingborg, Denmark; a ("Camouflage") seminar in West Sussex, United Kingdom; and a ("Camouflage") seminar in Kapaau, Hawaii. These are fabulous opportunities to combine education with vacation! Visit the Calendar page for more information!
EVENT: Unbridled Faith Offers Faith-Based EAP Seminars and Events
The Unbridled LLC,FBEAP Seminars, and The Stable Guide Series, educates, promotes, and supports professionals in the practice of authentic faith based equine-assisted work. Authentic equine-assisted work honors and integrates the Word of God, and natural horse and herd behavior as a model for human mental, emotional, and spiritual health using the equine-assisted philosophies developed by Elaine Averill, Founder of Faith Based Equine Assisted Philosophy. Elaine is Certified by Greg Kersten, founder of the O.K. Corral Series and all equine assisted learning and psychotherapy work.
1. FBEAP- Foundation
2. FBEAP- Team Building/Leadership Training/Herdsmanship
3. Women and Horses Experiential Healing
1.Corporate Team Building, Leadership Training
2. Life Coaching
3. Personal Development and Growth
4. Pre and Post Marriage and Family Enhancement
5. Faith Based Mental Health and Wellness
6. Trauma and PTSD
7. Group FBEAP Retreats
*Elaine is available as an Inspirational Speaker for your next event!
EVENT: March Horse Training Workshops with Charlie Hill
6-J PAINT HORSE EXPERIENCE
For over 50 years, Charlie Hill has cultivated his understanding of the horse, through the relationships that he has established, including those with Howard Pitzer, home of Two Eyed Jack, Ray Hunt, and Floyd Moore, home of Delta Flyer. Charlie will be instructing this course, which will be held for 12 consecutive days, March 14 to March 26, 2015. You may enroll for all 12 days, for the 6 days of your choice or for the 3 days of your choice, whatever works best for you
"In this course, I will meet you with whatever you desire to do with the horse. I have already experienced the benefit in working with a high volume of horses. Let me share this benefit with you. I will relate my insight, as how you may meet the horse’s needs at whatever level they currently understand. These are an example of many other applications to be experienced during the duration of this course. This course will be held in the beautiful piney woods at 6-J Paint Horse Ranch in Huntsville, Texas. I spent about 10 years in the 1990’s on this ranch, refining my skills working in this great environment. With the talent of these horses and this outstanding breeding program it provided, it lets me share this experience with you. Limited enrollment."
Tuition for 12 days: $800 non-refundable deposit $250 Balance $550
6 days of your choice $500 non-refundable deposit $150 Balance $350
3 days of your choice $300 non-refundable deposit $100 Balance $200
Audit 1 day $35
3 days $90
6 days $150
12 days $250
Contact information, Debbie Hill or Charlie Hill at 480-206-1570 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
EVENT: Borrowed Freedom Barbecue Fundraiser
Borrowed Freedom is hosting a barbecue fundraiser at the American Legion in Binghamton, New York, Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm. There will be a cash bar and raffles. Borrowed Freedom is a 501c3 nonprofit that has provided free horseback riding and equine therapies for children, adults, veterans & their families since 2008. Tickets are $15, and available online at www.borrowedfreedom.org and by calling 607-658-3298.
EVENT: Teachings from the Horse Nation Wellness Workshop
JOB: Internship in Texas
September 29, 2014
I am starting another program. I continue to offer a program for teens with a focus on substance abuse but the new program will focus on teen sex offenders. If you know a student or intern or someone wanting to learn more about EAP please suggest they call me. I can pay a little. The barn is just north of waxahachie and about 5 miles west of hwy 35.
Dr. Bob Radosta
Quakerdale in Iowa is Hiring!
August 27, 2014
Quakerdale is a Christian not-for-profit organization joining with youth, families, and communities through opportunities of prevention, education, and support. We are currently seeking a Mental Health Counselor/Social Worker to provide services to youth, families and adults in Marshall/Hardin Counties (Iowa) and the surrounding area. Depending on licensure, may provide assessments, counseling and/or therapy in office and in-home. Flexibility and travel required. Requires Master's degree; Prefer licensure as an LISW, LMHC, LMFT. To apply for this position, visit our website www.quakerdale.org and click on the Careers link.
Interview with EAP Founder This Weekend on 99.1 FM Talk Radio!
July 2, 2014
Tune in (on your computer) for an interview with Greg Kersten on the Cheri Hill Show - www.991fmtalk.com at 5 pm Sat or 8 am Sun (pacific time)! You'll hear about herds, packs, and lariats - and how they figure into the Equine Assisted Philosophy!
2015 Schedule is Under Way!
June 24, 2014
Seminars are already in place for the 2015 calendar year! January and February are perfect months for seminars in southern California and Australia, respectively, and four seminars have been scheduled at our home base in Reno, Nevada! The Reno seminar colors have yet to be identified (requests are being accepted!), but will be held on weekends in May, June, September, and October. Seminar participants are encouraged to take advantage of the variety of events and entertainment while in Reno - including the Reno Rodeo (the West's Richest Rodeo!) that takes place during the O.K. Corral seminar in June.
O.K. Corral Heads to the United Kingdom this Thanksgiving!
June 4, 2014
November 28-30, 2014 will mark the first O.K. Corral Series certification seminar in the United Kingdom! While our stateside friends and family will be carving their turkeys, we will be certifying professionals in traditional Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and equine-assisted learning. We look forward to seeing many familiar faces both from the O.K. Corral and from Greg Kersten's past organization, as well as meeting new friends! Special thanks are in order to Martine Penn of Safe and Stable for making this certification seminar possible!
Member Publications Page Added to O.K. Corral Series Website
May 5, 2014
Have you published a book, manual, or workbook? O.K. Corral Certified Professionals are invited to advertise their works on the new "Member Publications" page of this website! Listings feature a photo of the publication, title, and author, as well as ordering information if it is not available through Amazon.
New O.K. Corral Facility in Reno, NV to Host RED Seminar!
April 29, 2014
RED Seminar just announced at our new ranch/facility in the beautiful foothills of South Reno! July 25-27! Yes, the RED seminar will be HOT! And it will give us a deadline to get our new digs in shape to share with you!
Enterprising Florida Seminar Host Creates Marketing Video for YouTube!
February 17, 2014
Check out Kandee G at http://youtu.be/SgTOzE--hLc
O.K. Corral Member Publishes Faith-Based Manual
January 13, 2014
Lifetime Member Vikki Paese, in collaboration with Cheryl Harris and Dawn Williams, has published Horsepower, Volume One: Christian Equine Assisted Learning Activities. The 53-page workbook features an insightful section on “Herd Dynamics & the Trinity,” ten original Christian equine-assisted learning exercises and a few “tails” from their practice. The manual is available through Amazon for $50.
Sung Nagi Kici Okiju Announces Unresolved Grief Seminar
January 12, 2014
Wasigla Ekignaka Okihisni is a unique experiential training that takes a look at the effects that Unresolved Grief has had on children, families, and communities. Together, we will explore why Native American communities see higher rates of substance abuse, violence and suicides than the rest of the country. We will also explore what can be done to create systemic change by combining professional services with natural supports from the community. March 26 & 27, 2014 at Prairie Knights Casino in Fort Yates, ND. Early Bird rate is $250. For more information, please call John Eagle at (701)455-3535 or email email@example.com.
Reputable University Features Master’s Program with EAP
December 31, 2013
New Mexico State University has a rich history in quality academics, and provides an educational opportunity for individuals who are interested in practicing Equine Assisted Psychotherapy as licensed mental health professionals. NMSU is a traditional university, rather than an online college or correspondence course.
New Mexico State University has been accredited since 1926 by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. The university was accredited in 1954 by the American Association of University Women.
Students who are accepted into the graduate Marriage and Family Therapy, Social Work, or Counseling and Educational Psychology program, have the option of adding an EAP component to their program. The EAP component consists of 12 additional credits and includes the following: Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (lecture plus supervised therapy), Equine-assisted Learning (lecture plus supervised learning activities), Equitation for Therapists, and Equine Science for Therapists.
At the helm of the program is Dr. Marcel Montanez – who works to offer experience with EAP clients as part of the students’ training. Dr. Montanez invites all interested individuals to contact him at 575-405-1320 or marcel@ nmsu.edu. No prior experience with EAP is required!
It is with heartfelt sadness that we have learned of the passing of Kathy Reyes, O.K. Corral member and certified professional.
November 21, 2013
Upgrade Your Yellow Manual Today!
October 19, 2013
The new Yellow Seminar manual is out! If you have completed the certification seminar "It's Family Time, DO Try This at Home!" you are eligible to purchase the new manual! The new edition features 139 pages of expanded information and exercises, including working definitions of the principles of the Equine-Assisted Philosophy - Pressure and Pain, the Re-Circle Method, Herd vs. Pack, and more! Also included are an up-to-date research bibliography and relevant articles published by the O.K. Corral. The cost of the manual for Lifetime Members of the O.K. Corral Series is $35. (Includes shipping) Other O.K. Corral Series members (current or lapsed) are invited to purchase the manual for $45. (Includes shipping) *** If you are unsure of your membership status, feel free to visit the member listing at www.okcorralseries.com/member-directory. If your name appears in red, you are a Lifetime Member and qualify for the reduced rate! Look for updates on the Red Seminar manual (November 1), Blue Seminar manual (November 15), and the Camouflage Seminar manual (December 15).
Kathy Reyes and Rancho Destino Announce EAP and Addictions Seminar for November 8-10, 2013!
September 26, 2013
Kathy Reyes, founder of Rancho Destino, has been working in mental health for over forty years, and has authored "The Big Book for EAP & EAL." This November, she is offering a seminar for EAP practitioners based on 12-step program and principles. The training is conducted by professionals who are active in 12-step programs. There will be hands-on opportunities to practice your skills with persons with addictions. Friday, November 8, 2013 there will be a "Get Acquainted Dinner" (Dutch Treat) followed by two days of training (Saturday - 9-4, and Sunday 9-noon).
Rancho Destino is located in Chino Valley, AZ. Participants are able to fly into Phoenix (PHX) and catch shuttle service to lodging in Chino Valley. This is an excellent time to visit Sedona or the Grand Canyon! The seminar fee is $550 and includes The Big Book for EAP and EAL! For more information, contact Kathy Reyes at 928-202-8549 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
O.K. Corral Member Publishes Equine-Assisted Novel
September 22, 2013
Ann Clemons joins the ranks of successful authors among the O.K. Corral membership! Wild Spirits: Running with the Herd tells the story of a seventeen-year-old foster child who lands in the same “corral” as a debilitated mustang stallion rescued by the teen’s foster father. Ann shares the beautiful story of self-discovery and the evolution of a deep relationship between the two protagonists, Elena and “Hawk.”
This novel paints a case study in the basic principles of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy from Herd vs. Pack behavior, to Pressure and Pain responses, to the “Re-Circle” method. Not only would this novel be great for an equine-assisted book club, but it could be a meaningful read for folks of all backgrounds and ages!
Of course, the book can be ordered online or through Ann’s website, www.annclemons.com, which also features her beautiful clay tile mural art. Look for Ann’s book to be featured on the O.K. Corral Series’ webpage devoted to “Corral Authors.”
The Most Realistic Crowdfunding?
August 22, 2013
Have you heard of "100WWC?" How about "100 (or more) Women Who Care?" The concept is easy - female philanthropists meet monthly to donate much-needed funding to worthy causes. This type of philanthropy is not only for the wealthy, though, as each member agrees to commit $100. Doing the math, if you have 100 benefactors donating $100, the lucky recipient will gain $10,000 in funding, if selected by the local 100WWC.
Not only is this a worthy cause for many of us "middle America" folks who want to make a difference in our community, but it is an excellent funding possibility for your equine-assisted program or practice! Contact your local 100WWC chapter for specifics on how to join or present a proposal for funding for the group vote.
More than theoretical, 100 Women Who Care's Grand Haven and Muskegon, Michigan chapters donated $32,500 to Out-Side-In - an O.K. Corral certified program in Grand Haven. For more information, visit the Santa Cruz chapter's page (http://www.100wwc.org/sc/More.html) - where there is the most complete information on local chapters in the US, Canada, & Mexico.
Northern Illinois Event - Horses and Human Relationships - Scheduled for June 22, 2013
June 17, 2013
Gaited Angels, NFP presents:
Using Horses to Find Your Path Through Relationships
Date: Saturday June 22nd, 2013
At: Gaited Angels, NFP
8900 Millbrook Rd. Newark, Il. 60541
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Have you found yourself in unsuccessful relationships? Have you been dumped or disappointed by your mate? Have you experienced a loss of a relationship due to death or divorce? Are you having problems with your child? Have you been hurt and now scared to get back on that proverbial horse? Or, do you simply not know how or where to begin to find the right person? Spread your Wings through Equine Assisted Leaning at this Gaited Angels Event!
Equine Assisted Learning utilizes horses to provide rich metaphors that relate to your issues.
Gaited Angels is located west of Yorkville, Il. Next to Yogi Bear Campgrounds
Our facilitators will lead you through a variety of horse-based activities designed to help you in your interactions /relationships.
Gain insights as to how your own beliefs, feelings, experiences, and comfort zones impact your behavior and actions as they relate to your mate, potential mates, dates, etc.
Be able to identify your own cultural triggers and cognitive maps so that you respond instead of react to challenging situations
Event takes place in a barn. Please dress for weather, comfort, & safety.
All activities are completed on the ground. No prior horse experience is necessary.
Sign up today!
Call JoAnn at 630-907-6112 or Ami at 847-284-7760
Info and registration: www.gaitedangels.com
Lunch will be included. Please bring a folding chair; notebook. You are additionally invited to stay for a treat and movie after workshop.
Southern California Seminar Added to August Calendar
May 8, 2013
We have scheduled a "green" Giddy Up & Get Over It seminar to the event calendar for August 23-25, 2013 (Fri - Sun). The seminar will be held in Menifee, near Temecula, and will definitely fill - so please register early to secure your spot!
2014 Hosting Opportunities!
April 29, 2013
We have begun scheduling certification seminars for 2014. Schedule early to get the best dates! More information can be found at http://www.okcorralseries.com/hosting
Trial Date Set for Greg Kersten et al v. EAGALA et al!
April 3, 2013
The trial date has been scheduled for Greg Kersten et al's lawsuit against EAGALA for claims of wrongful termination and conversion of personal property. (Kersten's intellectual property claims have been removed to federal court.) August 13-16, 2013 has been set for the event at the Utah County Fourth District Court in Provo, Utah - Room 202. Additional information, including lodging options and the time schedule will be posted on the O.K. Corral Series website calendar. The public is invited and encouraged to attend!
Sierra Tucson Seminar Announced
March 6, 2013
Seminar details were released today for an O.K. Corral Series Seminar at Sierra Tucson in Tucson, Arizona. Lisa Frank and Sierra Tucson will be hosting the "green" seminar "Giddy Up & Get Over It!" May 6-8, 2013. This is a Monday through Wednesday event at the world-famous facility. For a better look at their program visit www.sierratucson.com. Logistics are now posted on the O.K. Corral Series website calendar, and registration is limited to twenty participants.
Ride to Pride Partnership and Paddock View Residential Center Announce Job Postings!
February 21, 2013
Ride To Pride currently has a vacancy for two full time masters level therapists meeting the following minimum qualifications: Be licensed in the State of New Mexico as a masters level counselor or social worker who will provide individual, family and group therapy, as well as equine-assisted psychotherapy in Las Vegas, New Mexico and/or surrounding area(s). Must be willing to travel if needed. Must be skilled in working with children and adolescents. No EAP or equine experience required, however, it is desired. Salary range $37,500 - $42,500, based on experience and level of license. Benefits available. Please email resumes to email@example.com or fax to (505) 425-9285. Please call (505) 454-9738 or (505) 429-3905 with questions.
Paddock View Residential Center, Inc., located in Marion, Indiana has the following positions available in their residential and shelter care programs:
Master’s Level Licensed Clinician with a minimum of at least 5 years experience in providing individual, group and family services to adolescents. The credentials to be certified in Trauma Based/Cognitive Behavioral Therapy will be required as part of employment. In additional to clinical work with adolescents and their families; this person will provide supervision to bachelor level case managers and program directors; and provide consultation to the courts. Will be required to provide emergency services on a rotating basis. Medicaid experience a plus.
Bachelor Level Social Workers (2) to work with youth between the ages of 10 and 19 in a residential setting. Job responsibilities include providing direct care to residents in a manner consistent with individual treatment plans; working with referral sources in matters related to residents; court advocacy, and tracking the daily needs and activities of the residents. Case manager will maintain files in accordance with state standards and maintain strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Participate in rotating emergency service schedule and be available evenings and weekends.
Please visit our website firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Please send resume to email@example.com.
Equus Concepts, LLC. is pleased to announce a "New" Horse Festival for Northern Illinois! The "Festival Of The Horse & Drum"© will happen August 17 – 18, 2013 at the Kane County Fairground in St. Charles Illinois. This will be the first "Equestrian Multicultural Multimedia Event" of its kind! The Festival is working with the American Indian Association of Illinois to hold a Traditional Inter Tribal Pow Wow & Drum, showcasing Drum groups with Indian dancers and singers from across the Midwest. We will be hosting the "Tanner & Glaze Western Horse & Games Festival", and a Fiesta of Spanish, Portuguese and Mexican Horseman with Mario A. Contreras Equestrian Extravaganza Show. An educational tribute to the African American Cowboy’s & Military influence on the West will also be featured. Another first is our Equine Assisted Abilities Pavilion©, designed to show the world how horses are used every day, everywhere to assist in healing the mind, body and soul of humans.
This Equestrian event promises to be the most " fun at a horse fair" the public will ever have! www.facebook.com/TheFestivalOfTheHorseDrum?ref=hl
Being Certified Doesn't Make One an Entrepreneur
June 13th, 2012
How many people have found this out the hard way? There is (at least) one reason why all business start-ups don’t make it. Just because you are an expert in your field, does not make you an expert in starting a business. This makes sense to me for every other business, why did it take me so long to apply the concept to EAP/EAL? Because EAP/EAL is still considered new and innovative, there just aren’t that many jobs where you can work for someone else and still do the work. Sooooo . . . many to most people either try to make their own business out of it (or try to charge money as trainers in the field). Sometimes these efforts end in frustration.
I have heard of agencies and trainers who give EAP/EAL practitioners business tips and pointers, but, to be honest, I am not sure to what degree (if at all) it has boosted the bottom line of the people who also shelled out money for that training. What is the answer? Still don’t know, but I am thinking about it constantly. Recently, Greg and I took the Nx Level entrepreneur training sponsored by the University of Nevada-Reno, and this seemed like a solid business foundation for any business owner. What have you found? If you know someone who is making a healthy income from EAP/EAL work (NOT training) – endeavor to learn from them all you can. Expertise is no guarantee of business success. Your thoughts and experiences are welcome!
Private Seminars Abound
May 24th, 2012
This morning the O.K. Corral is in the wild west near Ely, Nevada to kick off private seminar for A Home on the Range Youth Ranch! On the way, Greg learned that AAA Plus no longer tows horse trailers (long story, poor guy)!
This July – look for the O.K. Corral once again training United States Army and Air Force staff and volunteers at the USAFA near Colorado Springs!
If you are interested in hosting a private equine assisted psychotherapy certification seminar, contact the O.K. Corral!