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When: 03/13/2020
12:00 PM
Where: UT Campus, AT & T Conference Center
1900 University Avenue
Austin 78705
United States

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CAPA March Monthly Meeting 

Spirit Reins: An Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Center

March 13, 2020

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM 


Spirit Reins is a 125-acre equine ranch that serves as a trauma specialty mental health clinic.  A lot of the clients we serve have experienced chronic and complex trauma.  Every child and family referred to Spirit Reins for services is paired with a licensed mental health counselor, equine professional and a horse of their choosing.  In this presentation we will look at the Spirit Reins trauma-focused  equine assisted psychotherapy treatment model, based on brain development and the effects of trauma.  Using three core competencies of establishing safety, developing regulation skills, and building relationships our clients are able to create change and find healing.


Presentation will include:

  • Define equine assisted psychotherapy and its clinical uses
  • Review the Spirit Reins unique treatment model for healing trauma and building relationships
  • Highlight the diagnoses the treatment model effectively treats and the skills that are developed in clients
  • Provide case study examples and the opportunity for discussion of possible applications


About the speakers: 

Keri Cooper | Clinical Director


Keri has a BS degree in Psychology and an MA degree in Counseling. She has over 20 years of experience working with children and families. She is a     

Licensed Professional Counselor - Supervisor and a certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist with specialty training in trauma resolution,

crisis intervention and psychological first aid. She has a passion for supporting trauma survivors and feels her work at Spirit Reins supports that passion.





Kym Alexander Lipscomb | Equine Director


Before coming to Spirit Reins, Kym served as a founding partner and Executive Director of GRIT, a therapeutic horsemanship a center north of Dallas, that    she ran for five years. Kym has completed the advanced Natural Lifemanship training, the Masterson Method of equine massage training, and is a member      of PATH (Professionals of Therapeutic Horsemanship), as well as a certified PATH Instructor. Kym considers herself a lifelong student of the horse. She has      participated in multiple natural horsemanship clinics, received her certification as a barefoot trimmer and continues her studies of equine health and                  wellness. Kym's passion is using the relationship with the horse and her spirituality to help others understand their own identity and grow in well-being.





$20/Member or $10/student

Meeting Location and Parking: 

The meeting will take place at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center (1900 University Avenue, Austin, TX 78705). The CAPA meeting room will be on the second floor overlooking the restaurant and is glassed in. Go through the restaurant and take a right to the stairs to the second floor, to Meeting Rooms 1 and 2 or go to the end of the buffet line and then take the elevator to the second floor and the meeting room is right there. You can also access the new meeting rooms 1 and 2 via the "grand stairway” to the second floor and going past the length of the restaurant on the floor below.   

There is a parking garage in the hotel, or you can use metered street parking if you prefer. 

Cancellations: Cancellations must be received no later than 3 business days prior to the event in order for a refund to be processed. Cancellations received after that time will have a refund processed.

Please note online registration will close at 5pm on the Thursday prior to the meeting. In order to expedite certificate distribution following monthly meetings, we request that you pre-pay online no later than noon on the Thursday before the meeting. If you prefer to register by check, please mail your payment to CAPA @ PO Box 1448, Cedar Park, TX 78630 postmarked no later than the Monday prior to the meeting. Those who pre-register as noted will receive expedited PD certificate distribution. On-site registrants will be processed within 7 business days. All PD certificates will be emailed to signed in attendees. Thank you!  

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