August 28, 2018 Solvang, California: Motivational Interviewing (M.I.) closely parallels the work of renowned horseman, Monty Roberts whose non-violent approaches to working with horses and people has reached around the globe. M.I. is regularly used in Monty Roberts’ Horse Sense & Healing program which rests upon a foundation of equine-assisted learning.

“Learn to live by the principles of PICNIC: positive instant consequences and negative instant consequences, as taught to me by Dr. William Miller, founder of Motivational Interviewing.” Monty Roberts

This 3-day program Monday, September 10th through Wednesday, September 12th will introduce participants to the basic concepts of Motivational Interviewing, a client-centered method of working with others to help them resolve ambivalence about behavior change.
Key Learning Points:

  • Non-violent approach to working with the horses & people
  • The language of ‘Equus’
  • Building a trust-based partnership
  • Personal growth in listening skills and behavior change
  • a Monty Roberts’ provided Join-Up Demonstration

Monty with be teaching with Kris Robins who is a clinical social worker from Alberta, Canada.  She has been an avid student of Motivational Interviewing since 1995. She is also a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. Kris has been volunteering with Monty’s Horse Sense & Healing Program for the past 7 years.

She was a speaker at the recent event at Flag Is Up Farms called “The Movement,” which garnered a lot of attention for learning Motivational Interviewing after attendees received an incredibly popular address from its founding father, William R. Miller. Kris utilizes her own horses to teach Motivational Interviewing in Alberta and is very excited about sharing her approach with participants.

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Monty Roberts is the founder of Join-Up International. From a very early age, Roberts was inspired to make his life’s goal to leave the world a better place than he found it, for horses and humans. Roberts has an extensive career in the equine industry as a horse trainer with eleven world’s championships, movie stuntman, and natural horsemanship trainer. In 1997, he founded the non-profit Join-Up International seeing the need for a school where horse persons could come to learn the concepts and the gestural language of the horse he calls Equus. To assist horse persons to use his discoveries, he created a method called Join-Up® which is based on the way horses communicate in the wild. Moving into the world of helping people was the logical next step in influencing his concepts globally to eliminate violence for both animals and humans.

This effort has expanded to include the Horse Sense and Healing program for military and first responders with their families. He also happens to be the first Global Ambassador for The Brooke Animal Charity and visited India on his mission to assist their work there.





Media Contact: Debbie Loucks

Monty and Pat Roberts, Inc./Join-Up® International

(949) 632-1856


The New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned horse trainer Monty Roberts is available for interviews.

MONTY ROBERTS first gained widespread fame with the release of his New York Times Best Selling book, The Man Who Listens To Horses; a chronicle of his life and development of his non-violent horse training methods called Join-Up®. Monty grew up on a working horse farm as a firsthand witness to traditional, often violent methods of horse training and breaking the spirit with an abusive hand. Rejecting that, he went on to win nine world’s championships in the show ring. Today, Monty’s goal is to share his message that “Violence is never the answer.” Roberts has been encouraged by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the award of the Membership in The Royal Victorian Order, as well as becoming Patron of Join-Up International. Other honors received were the ASPCA “Founders” award and the MSPCA George T. Angell Humanitarian Award and FEI’s Man of the Year. Monty was recently included as Horse and Hound Magazine’s Top 50 Horsemen of All Time. Monty is credited with launching the first of its kind Equus Online University; an interactive online lesson site that is the definitive learning tool for violence-free training.

JOIN-UP philosophies can be seen at work with both humans and horses across the world, from farms to major corporations. To learn more about Monty Roberts or the many applications of his Join-Up training methods, visit . Horse Sense and Soldiers aired on Discovery Military highlighting the therapeutic effect that horses and Monty Roberts’ Join-Up® have on PTSD.

Photos and Infographic available upon request.