Solvang, CA USA Introductory Equine-Assisted MI



Do you ever wonder how to help those you serve to see and embrace the need for change?  A normal part of change is ambivalence - feeling two ways about it.  The challenge of facilitating change more effectively may involve making some changes in your approach.

Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative conversation style that allows people opportunities to resolve their ambivalence while strengthening their own motivation and commitment to change.  This course will invite you to learn some introductory skills of Motivational Interviewing in a beautiful farm environment that utilizes horses to illustrate the key concepts.

For 20 years, Monty Roberts (originator of Join-Up) and Bill Miller (psychologist-founder of Motivational Interviewing) have been exploring parallels in their methods.  In this unique opportunity you will see both Bill Miller and masters of Join-Up demonstrating and discussing their methods.  While Monty himself is in Australia, Pat Roberts will be representing the concepts that she and Monty have been developing throughout their careers.  Two certified next-generation instructors will be present to demonstrate the skills and principles of Join-Up and you will also be meeting Shy Boy, the famed horse Monty tamed in the wild.

Kris Robins will serve as your primary instructor and host.  She has been studying Motivational Interviewing for 25 years and has also been learning Monty Roberts' methods since 2011.  Through demonstrations and supported practice, Kris will help you learn some core skills of Motivational Interviewing, with horses partnering as your teachers!

Equine partners will assist Pat, Bill, Kris and the Instructors as they demonstrate and describe:

1.  The importance of the underlying spirit in working successfully in a willing partnership, whether with horses or people

2.  Methodologies to prevent the development of resistance and deal effectively with any discordant behavior that may occur

3.  How to develop both confidence and importance as determinants of successful change

4.  The critical components of a helping partnership that eschews all forms of coercion and violence

The highlights of this 3-day course will be opportunities to dialogue with Pat Roberts and Bill Miller, and to watch illustrations of Motivational Interviewing and Monty Roberts' principles in action.

Our audience will include:



Non-profit agency staff

Medical practitioners


Horsemanship instructors

Corporate leaders & supervisors

Those whose work involves assisting others to change


The beautiful Flag Is Up Farm, home of Monty and Pat Roberts, nestled in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley near Solvang, California


Since this training will include time with horses, kindly wear casual clothing, in layers, and CLOSED TOE shoes.  Jeans are highly recommended!

To register:

This learning opportunity will be limited to 65 participants.  Kindly call Flag Is Up Farm at 805 688 6288 to register.  Alternatively go to and click on events.



Solvang, California
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1 May 2019 - 8:30am to 3 May 2019 - 5:00pm
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