In the world of equine-assisted mental health and equine-assisted learning, Leif Hallberg, M.A., LPC, LCPC needs no introduction. An internationally-acclaimed author, educator, consultant, and therapist, Leif explores the myriad benefits that can be gained from respectful, mindful interactions between horses, humans and the natural world.

At a core level, these experiences invoke deeply felt responses, as those engaging learn to recognize their interconnection with all living things, and understand how they are affected and how they affect others. This can be provocative and deeply transformative.

As these interactions are complex and dynamic, they involve many moving parts. Unlike typical education, coaching, or therapy provided in a four-walls setting, professionals providing these emerging interventions are required to understand the intricacies and reciprocal relationships between many different systems while protecting the wellbeing of all involved in the service, both human and non-human alike.

In the P.A.C.E. Model ™ of Animal-Assisted Therapy, Tanya Bailey of the University of Minnesota visually demonstrates the scope of knowledge a professional must understand to competently provide, or even research, a human-animal-nature interaction.

PACE Model

All of Leif’s workshops and trainings are designed to complement other model-specific trainings while elevating the level of professional competency, and encouraging collaboration and cooperation between providers.

Leif’s goal is to offer professionals a solid foundation in safety, ethics, professional practices, and horsemanships skills, and foster a greater understanding of the intricacies of the horse-human-nature relationship.