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Festina Lente QQI Course Tutors

Therapeutic Riding Coaching Programme

Dr Jill Carey, CEO of Festina Lente & Chairperson of Equine Facilitated Education and Therapy Association Ireland (EFETA)

Dr Jill Carey has worked with Festina Lente since 2001, having previously worked at Programme Manager with St. John of God Brothers.  With an extensive background in training and education, Jill was delighted to integrate this experience with the programmes that have been developed over time at Festina Lente.  Jill has a strong commitment to achieving the correct balance between people’s interest in horses and horse’s welfare and management requirements.  Jill is the course coordinator for the Festina Lente Therapeutic Riding Coaching Programme and the Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator Programme.  In addition, she is the current chairperson of the Equine Facilitated Education and Therapy Association Ireland (EFETA) http://www.efeta.ie/.

Roisin Brennan – Festina Lente Course Co-ordinator and Researcher, Supported Helper Programme and Equestrian Training Program instructor.

Roisin Brennan has worked at Festina Lente as a course coordinator and researcher for both Therapeutic Riding and EAL since 2011. She also works part-time on the supported helper programme and on the Equestrian Training Program. Roisin is a recent graduate of UCD and holds a first class Masters in Social Science.

Roisin has apprenticed in several horse training facilities in British Columbia and California discovering new methods of empathetic horsemanship based on equine learning behaviour and cognition. She is a certified silver level Chris Irwin horsemanship trainer in both ground -work and riding as well as an Equine Assisted Learning Building Blocks facilitator from Cartier Equine, Alberta. Throughout her work with horses and people in Canada and in Ireland Roisin has developed a strong interest in the underlying mechanisms of the horse and human bond as well as uncovering sound research methodologies and theoretical frameworks for equine assisted activities.

Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator Training Programme

Dr Jill Carey, CEO of Festina Lente & Chairperson of Equine Facilitated Education and Therapy Association Ireland (EFETA)

Dr Jill Carey has worked with Festina Lente since 2001, having previously worked at Programme Manager with St. John of God Brothers.  With an extensive background in training and education, Jill was delighted to integrate this experience with the programmes that have been developed over time at Festina Lente.  Jill has a strong commitment to achieving the correct balance between people’s interest in horses and horse’s welfare and management requirements.  Jill is the course coordinator for the Festina Lente Therapeutic Riding Coaching Programme and the Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator Programme.  In addition, she is the current chairperson of the Equine Facilitated Education and Therapy Association Ireland (EFETA) http://www.efeta.ie/.

Roisin Brennan – Festina Lente Course Co-ordinator and Researcher, Supported Helper Programme and Equestrian Training Program instructor.

Roisin Brennan has worked at Festina Lente as a course coordinator and researcher for both Therapeutic Riding and EAL since 2011. She also works part-time on the supported helper programme and on the Equestrian Training Program. Roisin is a recent graduate of UCD and holds a first class Masters in Social Science.

Roisin has apprenticed in several horse training facilities in British Columbia and California discovering new methods of empathetic horsemanship based on equine learning behaviour and cognition. She is a certified silver level Chris Irwin horsemanship trainer in both ground -work and riding as well as an Equine Assisted Learning Building Blocks facilitator from Cartier Equine, Alberta. Throughout her work with horses and people in Canada and in Ireland Roisin has developed a strong interest in the underlying mechanisms of the horse and human bond as well as uncovering sound research methodologies and theoretical frameworks for equine assisted activities.

Transition Training Programme

Maureen Coburn, Transition Training Programme Programme Facilitator

Maureen Coburn has worked as a programme instructor on the Transition Training Programme since 2004. She has a strong background in training and education and has Diploma in Montessori Education, a first class hons B.A. in Psychology and Sociology, and a Certificate in Supported Employment and Facilitation Skills. Maureen has vast experience working with young adults with special needs and enjoys adapting and changing the Transition Programme to suit the personal needs and interests of the trainees.

 

Vicki Reid, Transition Training Programme Programme Facilitator

Vicki Reid has worked as a programme instructor on the Transition Training Programme since 2017. She has a First class Honours BA in Applied Social Care and a level 5 in Positive Behaviour Support and experience in working with young adults and teenagers with special needs. Her hobbies are horse riding and enjoys being outdoors. Vicki enjoys using a creative approach in working with people and has a passion for taking a therapeutic approach in working with people alongside horses.