Beyond Behaviourism Webinar Series

Previous EBA ‘Beyond Behaviourism’ Webinars are available to view for £15 for non-members – contact us at to access. EBA members may access up to 4 free webinars a year, choosing either live attendance or watching past webinars from our library. Join EBA here

A selection of clips from past webinars can be viewed here

Past webinars are as follows; if you would like more details on any of these, please let us know by contacting

1. Dr Marie-Louise Holmes: A horse owner’s guide to the brain.

Clinical psychologist and EBA special advisor Dr Marie-Louise Holmes presents a simple model for understanding your horse’s brain. This helps us to understand the importance of addressing emotions, reducing stress and encouraging healthy brain function as key to working ethically and effectively with unwanted behaviours.

2. Sharon Smith Msc: Feeding, behaviour and weight management.

How do different feeds impact on the immediate physical and mental state of horses? What are the implications of too much or too little bodyfat? How can we feed each horse to balance mental and physical well-being? This webinar helps you focus on the individual and not on systems.

Sharon Smith holds an MSc in Applied Equine Science and specialised in grazing behaviour and nutrition.

3. Felicity George: 3 horses who spooked and spun for home…a BioPsychoSocial approach to behaviour problems.

This webinar explains about why EBA behaviourists go ‘beyond behaviourism’ and what that means. 3 examples of horses who ‘spooked and spun’ for very different reasons are given to illustrate the process.

Most unwanted behaviours can happen for so many different reasons, and we need to consider the whole picture to understand and help. Often, they are inappropriately viewed as ‘training problems’ and it can be frustrating and frightening searching for the right training solution when a different kind of help is needed.

4. Dr Marie-Louise Holmes and Felicity George: Trauma in the context of trans-species psychology.

In our fourth beyond behaviourism webinar we will be exploring the parallels between human and animal treatment of psychological trauma presentations with specific examples and a clear link to the principles underpinning the field of trans-species psychology

 5. Dr Andrew Hemmings. Training the brain: A headfirst journey into the neuroscience of learning

Some topics discussed:

* Why horse keepers must get to grips with dopamine

* New data on the genetics of impulsivity and compulsivity

* Dopamine as the driver of training-linked neuroplasticity

* Stress as the confounder of a happy and fulfilled training regime

* Behavioural measures of brain function- how can these measures inform training?

Plus much more !

 6. Dr Marie-Louise Holmes and Felicity George: The Secure Base: Attachment, attunement and equine relationships.

Looking at attachment theory, and its practical application to all equine relationships (with humans as well as other horses).

 7. Hannah MacIntosh: Working with Clients: Beyond the Behaviour Modification Programme

Exploring some of the key principles that underpin effective communication in a wide range of settings.

Setting the 3 core conditions of a person centred model at the heart of good practice, we will be looking at a range of topics including –
* Practising and reflecting on active listening
* psychoeducation
* understanding ‘readiness’
* modelling
* socratic dialogue
* experiential learning