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Attunement & Responsiveness Skill Building Intensive: “The Cowboy Way”

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McGinnis Meadows Ranch

6220 Mc Ginnis Meadows Road

Libby, MT 59923

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$2495 – All Inclusive

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Attunement and responsiveness are central to successful psychotherapy. Indeed, research confirms differences in these core skills account for why certain therapists are more effective than others.

At this one of a kind, three and a half day, all-inclusive experience, you will improve your attunement and responsiveness skills by learning the ways of the “horse whisperers.” From sun up to sun down, you will observe, interact with, and ride horses. Evenings will be spent debriefing the day’s lessons and applying what you learn to practice of psychotherapy.

The experience will be led by one of North America’s most respected cowboys, and two of the field’s leading researchers and clinicians. All the while, you’ll be staying as guests at the private and luxurious McGinnis Meadows Ranch in Libby, Montana.

This experience is not for the faint of heart – days will be long and physical as you embark on this opportunity to learn about yourself as a clinician through communication and interaction with your equine partner. Please be mindful that you will be on your feet and moving or riding for most of each day, so physical stamina is required.

Registration is absolutely limited to 20 practitioners. Join colleagues from around the world for this unique experience – one that promises to challenge, inspire, and fundamentally change your clinical practice.

The ICCE Attunement and Responsiveness Intensive will be led by:

- Brooke Mathewes, MEd, LCPC, ICCE Dir of Connection & Support

- Scott Miller, Ph.D., ICCE Director

- Shayne Jackson, Master Horseman & owner of McGinnis Meadows

Through individualized instruction and live interaction with horses, you will:

- Form more secure therapeutic bonds

- Connect with a more diverse clientele

- Become aware of and better able to regulate in the moment emotional responses that negatively impact alliance and outcome.

What's Included?:

All meals – Continental breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and snacks. Vegetarian & gluten free options available

Accommodations – Rustic luxury, furnished log cabins, shared occupancy. See McGinnis Guest Ranch Accommodations for more details.

Certificate of Attendance documenting 18 hours of continuing education. For an additional fee, CE’s credits are available for psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists. Continuing Education credits (CE's) can be purchased upon registration. On-site purchase of CE's will be subject to an additional $100 administration fee. Changes to CE's will be subject to an additional $50 administration fee. CE's can be purchased upon registration. On-site purchase of CE's will be subject to an additional $100 administration fee. Changes to CE's will be subject to an additional $50 administration fee. CE's are provided by®, the leading nationally accredited provider of continuing education for healthcare professionals in North America. CEUnits is approved to provide CE credits for APA. ASWB, NBCC, and NAADAC, and some state approvals.

As and added bonus, McGinnis Meadows is offering participants an option to stay on Thursday October 7th and Friday October 8th to finish the week for an additional $500 (includes accommodation, meals, horseback riding and ranch amenities). If you are interested please email Brooke Mathewes at


Accessing the ranch is possible by car or by flying into Glacier National Airport in Montana. Rental cars are available and it is approximately a 1.5 hour commute from the airport to the ranch. For those who would prefer that transportation be arranged, the ranch has offered transportation for a $50 fee each way. If you choose this option, you will be required to ensure that you are at the airport no later than 1:30 pm on Sunday, Oct 3rd. Return to the airport will be provided the morning of Thursday, Oct 7, please do not book flights departing before 12pm.

For those individuals that decide to stay the rest of the week at the ranch as guests and want transportation back to airport, the same rules will apply. The transportation will leave Sat morning (October 8th) to accommodate flights taking place after 12pm.

Terms & Conditions:

Ranch accommodation’s are rustic and yet luxurious – decorated with western flare and Pendleton motifs throughout. But remember, this is a working ranch, so lodge room space is limited (one queen bed, typically a single occupancy). Single occupancy space is very limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Double occupancy will be the norm for the cabins, so bunking with friends is preferable. If you are attending as a single we reserve the right to lodge you with another person. The smaller, double occupancy cabins have a queen bed and a pullout convertible futon. Cabin assignments will be based on the number of bookings in a single reservation. Reservations with 3 or more people in their parties will be given preference to the larger cabins such as the Bunkhouse or Cristel.

QUESTIONS? Please direct all questions about this event to Brooke Mathewes at


To insure an optimal learning environment, registration for this event is limited in number. The quality of the training depends on all registrants attending. A 50% refund or 100% of tuition will be applied toward the next available training will be made if requested if cancellation occurs 75 days or more prior to the first day of the scheduled event. If cancellation occurs 74-31 days prior to the first day of the event there will be no refund but a 50% of the tuition portion of registration fees will be applied toward the next available training if requested. If cancellation occurs 30 days or less before the event there will be no refunds or deferral of tuition. CE fees will not be refunded.

In the unlikely event the workshop is cancelled (e.g., weather, death, natural or human caused disasters, or other “Acts of God”) participants will be automatically registered for the next available training. No liability is assumed or coverage offered for any costs incurred resulting from cancellation.

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