Our staff team at Oakwood are always looking to improve their skills and as an organisation we think Continuous Professional Development sessions are of prime importance. Recently the team participated in a session run by The Way of the Horse. They are a not-for-profit organisation, who help individuals who have ‘lost’ their way in life, by using horses as a reflective tool. Their vision is to facilitate self-empowerment using unique equine therapy methods – helping people to achieve peace of mind and harmony.
The Way of the Horse Discovery Centre’s professional development training is unique, transformative, and produces long term learning – our staff found it thoroughly enlightening.
Equine learning is scientifically evidenced to benefit people. Horses live in the present, are expert readers of body language, are authentically reflective of emotional states and show great capacity for tolerance and peaceful social interaction; they reflect and reveal our psychological states. Horses can facilitate training in emotional intelligence as they can spot body language signals which are incongruent with the desired communication. Signals that humans often only process subconsciously, but that strongly influence conscious decision making. Training in emotional intelligence can significantly enhance all social aspects of your career.
Our staff learnt about the importance of:
– Emotional awareness
– Emotional agility within your mindful awareness of your emotions so that you can use them positively and flexibly as required
– How to read be responsive to other’s emotions whilst setting appropriate boundaries
All of these skills are crucially important when learning to help and support young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties, which is why it was a great session for our team to attend.