The MRILC is unique from other training facilities because the primary focus of our curriculum is on equine psychology and behavior rather than riding skills. Students develop a solid understanding of what motivates and influences equine behavior in order to increase their effectiveness in the application of their choice: virtually any discipline of riding, veterinary assisting, shoeing, racehorse training and so forth.
The Monty Roberts International Learning Center is located at Flag Is Up Farms in the Santa Ynez Valley, California at the heart of the Central Coast’s wine country just 40 miles north of Santa Barbara.
This 3-day program Monday, September 10th through Wednesday, September 12th will introduce participants to the basic concepts of Motivational Interviewing, a client-centered method of working with others to help them resolve ambivalence about behavior change.
Motivational Interviewing closely parallels the work of renowned horseman, Monty Roberts whose non-violent approaches to working with horses and people has reached around the globe. M.I. is regularly used in Monty Roberts' Horse Sense & Healing program which rests upon a foundation of equine-assisted learning.
Key Learning Points:
Kris Robins is a clinical social worker from Alberta, Canada. She has been an avid student of Motivational Interviewing since 1995. She is also a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. Kris has been volunteering with Monty’s Horse Sense & Healing Program for the past 7 years.
She was a speaker at the recent event at Flag Is Up Farms called “The Movement,” which garnered a lot of attention for learning Motivational Interviewing after attendees received an incredibly popular address from its founding father, William R. Miller.
Kris utilizes her own horses to teach Motivational Interviewing in Alberta and is very excited about sharing her approach with participants.