Jeff Patterson and horseJeff Patterson
The Learning Center at Red Willow

Course taught:
Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy Groups

Jeff has been a horseman his entire life and, like many horseman, Jeff was taught ways of handling horses early in life that were far from beneficial to him or the horse and some that bordered on abusive. As he recognized and accepted responsibility for his poor approach to horsemanship and started listening to the horse, Jeff discovered a means of communicating and working with the horse that changed his world. As a result, Jeff developed and teaches a methodology called From Herd to Human, which has proven to be an affective aid in trauma therapy. Utilizing a systematic approach to thought, technique, and timing, From Herd to Human creates a safe place for the horse and provides the human with a sense of value and purpose, while developing new emotional pathways from places of fear to inner peace and confidence.

For the past 32 years, Jeff's work as a private investigator has led him to dig deep into the intimate lives of others—gathering facts and examining the personalities, habits and emotional state of those involved in trauma and dispute. In addition to the countless hours on the street observing sub-rosa human behavior, Jeff has examined hundreds of clients, family members and witnesses, listening and documenting their personal stories of abuse, betrayal, mistrust and violence acts such as rape, suicide and homicide. On many occasions Jeff has used horses to assist him in overcoming seemingly impassable roadblocks with witnesses who were unable or unwilling to express themselves due to trauma. The combination of years of investigation with a lifetime of horsemanship has been a unique and invaluable education in trauma and the domino effect it has on everyone involved.

A popular belief since the beginning of man's relationships with the horse is that man captured and domesticated the horse. Another popular belief is that horses are magical or mystical. The truth is, the horse chose man and in that sense is a magical part of our lives. However, it is important to understand that the magic of the horse is the shared energy that connects us in interspecies relationships.

Jeff is the Founder/Instructor of From Herd to Human, President of the Missoula Horsemen's Council, a Licensed Private Investigator, and Certified Fraud Examiner.

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