Alane Freund is a compelling, engaging, and inspiring speaker who strives to create dialogue, provide tools, and shift community awareness about the trait of high sensitivity and about honoring difference.


Mental Health Professionals: All workshops offer continuing education credits.

August 28, 2020 ~ 12:45 – 2:15 CDT  Is Your Family a Dream Team or Are You Driving Each Other Crazy during Shelter-in-Place?  This pandemic has forced most families to change and adapt many times, including having more members at home and sharing more time and space while working and schooling at home. This changes family dynamics, so it’s time to create new norms, improve communication, and build the team.Alane Freund will show us how to apply team building principles and family counseling tools gleaned from the Heart and Mind Equine herd (horses always live in family groups). Alane will help us understand how temperament, leadership, and communication are the hallmarks of any Dream Team .Bring your parenting, co-habitating, home schooling, or team communication questions and we will discuss and strategize. REGISTER HERE for this online event.

September 4, 2020 ~ 11am PDT  Live Q&A we will talk about HSPs and work. How do we labor? How do we thrive in the workplace? Most importantly, how do HSPs design a work life that is compatible with the trait? This is huge. Whether you work at home or in a job, you are probably seeking something nontraditional in terms of both work and workplaces. Often, we find ways to work for ourselves, or we might also become very important at work, even becoming the top person so that we can design workplaces that work for us and our staff. As a high sensation seeker, I loved my years as a community mental health therapist and as a school-based therapist, but the reality of my sensitivity meant my time was limited in those overstimulating environments. I’ll share how I have evolved over the years in my work life and also in my “work” as a parent. Special guest, Monica Zimmerman, author of the new book, Creative Leadership for Modern Leaders, will join us. Watch on YouTube and Instagram for a few short videos introducing some of the topics we might explore. Join our membership to post your questions and get recordings of every call. Or attend live at 11am PDT  Are You Highly Sensitive LIVE membership webinars. Live Q&A.

September  21, 2020 ~ 11am PDT Live Q&A will explore a topic that will be top of mind for parents by that point…can you guess? Discipline and behavior management with sensitive children. This is a tricky topic and I scratched the surface in our August 17th webinar. Here is a hint: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” I have high expectations for our members and I can’t wait to hear what has worked for you!! Feel free to send me an email with ideas and concerns as I prepare the mini-video lead ups to this topic. I’ll be consulting with my friend and colleague, Candy Crawford, LCSW, who works with parents in the Chicago area and I hope to have a few Candy Chats to offer as a lead up to September 21st. Let’s call this one: The Kids are Alright, but What about the Parents?  Join our membership to post your questions and get recordings of every call. Or attend live at 11am PDT  Are You Highly Sensitive LIVE membership webinars. Live Q&A.

Workshop for HSPs October 24-25, 2020 10 am to 1 pm, California Institute of Integral Studies in Francisco – Join Elaine and Alane for this interactive workshop to learn about identifying the trait, the latest research on high sensitivity, as well as the five basic needs of HSPs, including practical suggestions for self-care, boundaries, and dealing with overstimulation. They will also discuss the unique needs of highly sensitive children and teens in addition to consideration of the trait in relation to various disorders, including differential diagnosis.   Register HERE   Continuing education units available.

POSTPONED – May 1-3, 2020: HSPs and Horses Workshop NEW DATES Join 8-10 HSPs, a herd of HSHs (highly sensitive horses), Elaine Aron, and Alane Freund for an intimate, deep, soothing, healing weekend in northern California. Email Alane with questions and register here. Read more about  HSPs and Horses here or

POSTPONED – June 7, 2020: Sensitive Families: The Highly Sensitive Parent and Child, a new workshop based on Elaine Aron’s new book, The Highly Sensitive Parent. Daylong workshop for parents and professionals with Elaine Aron and Alane Freund. Registration information coming soon.

POSTPONED – June 5-7, 2020: Highly Sensitive People: Celebrate Your Hidden Advantage and the 25th Anniversary of The Highly Sensitive Person at 1440 Multiversity.  We plan to truly celebrate how far HSPs have come, including new research. And for returnees, there will be special activities and a screening of Sensitive and in Love. Alane will do a bit more of the actual presenting, but Elaine will speak and answer Qs, and be there the entire weekend. Registration opens at their website soon.


Workshops Taught by Alane Freund

  • School-based Competencies for Supporting Highly Sensitive Children and Teens.
  • Parent Education on the Trait of High Sensitivity
  • Highly Sensitive Therapists Retreat, Menla Retreat Center
  • Weekend for Highly Sensitive People: Appreciate Your Hidden Advantage
  • HSP Self-Care Immersion: A Deeper Exploration of Your Sensitive Advantage
  • Understanding the Highly Sensitive Child and Teen
  • Queer ≠ Strange: A Diversity and Competency Workshop on the LGBT Communities for Health, Education, and Business Professionals
  • Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association Annual Conference: Understanding Eagala-Model work with Highly Sensitive People

Equine-assisted Workshops in Collaboration with Heart and Mind Equine

  • HSPs & Horses: Intro Weekend Retreat
  • HSPs & Horses: Deepening into Ourselves (advanced retreat)
  • HSPs & Horses Weeklong Retreat (Intro and Deepening in one week)
  • Clinicians’ CE Credit and Training is offered at all HSPs & Horses
  • Countertransference and Therapeutic Alignment: An Equine-assisted Experiential Workshop for Mental Health Professionals
  • Graceful Boundaries: Ranking and Linking in Work and Personal Relationships
  • Referral Marketing & Networking: Attracting, Developing, & Prospering: Half-day and full-day workshops.
  • Youth Leadership Program: Weekly Ecotherapy and Leadership groups and daylong retreats for tweens and teens (middle school and high school)
  • HSP Empowerment Program

For additional information about Alane Freund’s programs and availability, please fill out the Lecture Request Form so that we can be in touch.

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