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Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling Certificate

Course 104: Equine ASSISTED MENTAL HEALTH & LEARNING SPECIALIST CERTIFICATE FOR MENTAL HEALTH & EDUCATION

Equine Facilitated Mental Health & Learning Specialist Certificate for Mental Health & Education Professionals

For Mental Health & Education Professionals

This course and workshop is under development and will be designed as an advanced practice offering for state or national credentialed mental health and education professionals who seek advanced practice training in the facilitation of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Equine Assisted Counseling, Equine Assisted Education and/or Equine Assisted Coaching.

This course is ideal for those seeking registration as a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH International) Equine Specialist in Mental Health (ESMH) and for those who have acquired specialized EAP practice model training (EAGALA/Natural Lifemanship/Adventures in Awareness/OKCorral, etc.) and desire a broad spectrum evidence-based view of the larger field of Equine Assisted Mental Health & Learning.

Course completion requires successful completion of an onsite 4-day intensive experiential workshop and horsemanship skills test. The onsite workshop provides experiential learning through a training group process, as well as the opportunity to demonstrate practice of EAMH techniques under supervision and direction of the instructor. More details will be available closer to the expected course release date of Fall 2020.

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  • Identify and explain the history of foundational principles of the field of Equine Assisted Mental Health
  • Demonstrate knowledge of ethical practice and attending to animal welfare in the inclusion of equines in mental health practices
  • Incorporate practice requirements for the PATH International Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning
  • Explore ethical practice models of practice for Equine Facilitate Psychotherapy and articulate components necessary for any model of practice to be ethical and meet both the PATH International Standards of Practice and the American Counseling Association recommended Competencies for the Practice of Animal Assisted Therapy.
  • Demonstrate use of Process Experiential Theory/Model of group and individual facilitation skills
  • Examine evidence-based foundations supporting the inclusion of equines in mental health treatment
  • Articulate understanding of the inter-species relationship and communication principles existing between humans and horses as sentient beings in a co-facilitated relationship
  • Discuss the relationship of the field of Equine Assisted Mental Health and Learning in the context of the larger paradigms of Animal Assisted Therapy and Nature-based Therapeutics and the Biophilia Hypothesis

Prerequisites

  • Completion of Course 101: Animal Assisted Interventions
  • Masters degree in a human service field
  • Mental Health Professional
  • Mental Health Professional or Supervised Mental Health Professional in Training Intern
  • Licensed, license-eligible, registered interns, and provisionally licensed mental health professionals
    • Psychologists
    • Clinical Mental Health Counselors
    • Clinical Social Workers
    • Marriage & Family Therapists
    • Credentialed/Certified School Counselors
    • Life & Professional Coaches with a master’s degree in a human service or education field and national certification with either the International Coach Federation (ICF) or the National Board of Certified Counselors Board Certified Coach (BCC)
     

Delivery

  • Distance learning
  • In-person 4-day intensive workshop* and Horsemanship Skills Test

*Additional fees for intensive workshop and skills test

 

For Equine Professionals

This course is an advanced practice course for equine professionals who seek to work as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health (ESMH) in order to facilitate Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy in partnership with a Licensed Mental Health Provider or Equine Facilitated Learning in the context of an education and/or treatment plan. Course completion requires successfully completion of an on-site intensive experiential workshop and skills test.

  • Identify and explain the history of foundational principles of the field of Equine Facilitated Mental Health and the Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association
  • Demonstrate knowledge of ethical practice and attending to animal welfare in the inclusion of equines in mental health practices
  • Incorporate practice requirements for the PATH International Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning as it applies to the ESMH professional
  • Explore ethical practice models of practice for Equine Facilitate Psychotherapy and articular components necessary for any model of practice to be ethical and meet ACA and PATH International standards of practice
  • Demonstrate use of Process Experiential Model of group and individual facilitation skills
  • Examine evidence-based foundations substantiating the inclusion of equines in mental health treatment
  • Demonstrate knowledge of principles of clinical decorum and documentation including privacy and informed consent practices and professional relationships for providers of healthcare services
  • Articulate understanding of the inter-species relationship and communication principles existing between humans and horses as sentient beings in a co-facilitated relationship
  • Discuss the relationship of the field of Equine Facilitated Mental Health and Learning in the context of the larger paradigms of Animal Assisted Therapy and Nature-based Therapeutics and the Biophilia Hypothesis

Prerequisites

  • Completion of Course 101: Animal Assisted Interventions
  • CPR and First Aid

Delivery

  • Distance learning
  • In-person 4-day intensive workshop* and Horsemanship Skills Test

*Additional fees for intensive workshop and skills test