See the HorseCourse video here
For additional information you can access the HorseCourse Brochure here
Listen to an interview with Harriet Laurie, founder of the HorseCourse and Dr Nick Kosky here
The ReStart Course
Our main activity is the ReStart course which are a 2-3 hour sessions, 5 days a week, depending on the needs of the participant. We also offer top up and taster sessions.
The ReStart Course is typically delivered over 5 consecutive days, working for approximately 2 hours per day with 1-to-1 facilitator support. We teach, rehearse and repeat key resilience skills in an intensive and challenging, but in a fun way with feedback in-the-moment from specially trained horses. There is no discussion of the past. All sessions take place in action with the horses, there is no classroom content or talk-based therapy/counselling. Development of skills is embedded in work towards a horsemanship goal of Parelli Level 1. Tasks are guided by the facilitator and the horses are selected and trained to provide especially clear and easily observed physical feedback to participants, many of whom will not have interacted with horses prior to taking part in the programme. The methodological focus is on social/emotional shifts being made ‘in the moment’, in response to difficulties encountered. Participants are unmounted handlers, learning to work in partnership with the horses on the ground. The course employs an approach using a series of specific tasks as tools to develop positive habits.
On the last day, each participant has a robust reflective session with their facilitator - looking at their progress in each of the areas of the Skills Star. U
Upon successful completion of the course, participants are presented with a certificate and get our Skills Star, a memory stick with photos to take home and are given the opportunity to record a short film for a Horsemanship Assessment - copy sent on a memory stick via referrer within a short period of time of course end.
Non Verbal Toolbox Training
Our NVT Training is a practical and fun workshop-style module that can be delivered both on and off-site. Drawing upon our horse-based method (with an option for a horse taster session at the end if delivered at Viewpoint Stables) this 2.5 hour workshop is aimed at front-line professionals and parents/carers or any business, group or individual wishing to enhance their skills in reading and responding to non-verbal communication.
We will help you learn learn how to recognise early signs and prevent yourself or others becoming:
disengaged or disruptive
wanting to run away
We will teach you how to read body language and use non-verbal strategies to help yourself and others to become calm, connected and able to enjoy life to the full.
Our NVT Training is a game-changer with difficult emotions or behaviours.
Policy Change: From 1st March 2019 we have capped the number of free places on our NVT Training to 8.
NB: Free places are for previous referral agencies, families and participants ONLY. Otherwise the cost is £25 per person. This is due to high demand for our NVT training (with no specific project funding in place) and the fact we are running Viewpoint Centre as a charity.
The HorseCourse Star
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The HorseCourse Star
The star shows the main areas we work on - at the centre of the star people are stuck in behaviours which are unhelpful. As they progress, they move outwards towards the points of the star. The Star is used both as a teaching tool to help participants see the progress they have made and as an evaluation tool- assessed by referrers before and 2 months after the intervention.
The HorseCourse Observation Chart
TheHorseCourse Observation Chart was inspired by the Parelli Horsenality model; used by Dr Hemingway of Bournemouth University in a field study and now used as the primary case note tool.
Our Referral Process
Find out about the process for referring a client to Viewpoint Centre here.
We require completion of both our referrer and consent forms below: