Training courses

3-day CHT training course in Portugal


Hesther Selbeck regularly provides training for professionals and interested parties who want to learn more about using horses in the field of (Youth) Mental Health Care or are curious about what horses can mean for their personal and spiritual development.

Using horses during Systemic Therapy is extremely suitable for changing patterns and discovering new ways of communication. Clients gain different insights than in verbal therapy and can take control of their lives through the tools they learn. Especially if they get stuck in their development, the goal is to obtain solutions and perspective.

The 3-day CHT training covers therapeutic elements from the Contextual Horse Therapy (CHT) methodology: about how horses are used in this process to initiate reflection and emotion regulation in individual clients or in a group: such as a family, team or in group therapy.
As a trainee, you will receive background information on the CHT. Practical experiences are discussed and we go deeper into what makes the CHT different from other interventions.
In the practical training with the horses, you work on your own themes or topics for the growth of your inner leadership, personal and spiritual development. You are asked to prepare a case or problem. This can also be from a work setting other than social work or business. You will use this to work with the horses and trainers. The components are alternated with horse riding in the picadeiro. During the training you will therefore be inspired in therapeutic work with horses, mainly by experiencing it yourself.

-You have grown in your personal and (or spiritual) development and leadership.
-You have gained inspiration in therapeutic work with horses.
-You have concrete ideas about in-depth interventions with horses and how these can be implemented in your work setting.

Elements of the CHT methodology can be applied afterwards within your current work field.

This training can be followed individual or in groups.

What is included in the price:

  • Intake/ introductory interview with Hesther Selbeck;
  • Deepening in personal (and spiritual) development and leadership;
  • Attention to the person of the therapist (coach) & own themes;
  • Technical foundation Contextual Horse Therapy (CHT);
  • Using horse for emotion regulation and behavioural reflection and experiencing this yourself;
  • Using horse in individual therapy and family/team and experiencing this yourself;
  • Certification and use of CHT methodology;
  • Travel and accommodation of 5 days, with luxury room;
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner;
  • Evaluation training individually with Hesther Selbeck.

Are you interested in training or would you like to receive more information? If so, please send an e-mail to

Price on request



Quinta Madre de Água
Gouveia (Portugal)

Monday 15 april to
Friday 19 april 2024

Registration is no longer possible

Monday 29 April to
Friday 3 May 2024.

This training will be conducted in English

Monday 3 June to
Friday 7 June 2024

Monday 2 september to
Friday 6 september 2024