Students in the Equine-Assisted Mental Health Practitioner Certificate Program receive comprehensive education, training, and supervision in order to ethically include equine interactions and the equine environment in their practice.
Three main areas of learning are emphasized throughout the program:
- Theory, Ethics, Research, and Knowledge of Professional Area
- Delivering Treatment and Considerations for Your Practice
- Equine-Related Competencies in Equine-Assisted Mental Health
Students completing the Equine-Assisted Mental Health Practitioner Certificate Program will:
- Develop a thorough understanding of Equine-Assisted Mental Health: the professional area, ethical and legal considerations, state of research, associations and national bodies
- Learn how to provide ethical and effective services in sustainable ways, which includes treatment planning, facilitation skill, and integrating equine interactions into exisiting clinical approaches.
- Develop sound business practices, including risk management, facility considerations, contracting, documentation, and choosing an appropriate business model
- Examine current equine practices critically from equine welfare and equitation science perspectives, and implement practices that include welfare-enhancing strategies
- Develop skills in order to select and train a horse for inclusion in services and conduct continuous behavioral assessments