I already have a mental health qualification.

If you already have a nationally recognised qualification in Counselling, Psychology or Psychotherapy as well as experience in the industry, we offer our Equine Assisted Mental Health Course for you. Successful graduates receive skills and knowledge to support their careers.

The course is very hands on, practical and experiential, you will learn the theory and practice of equine assisted mental health as well as equine handling skills. The course will support you to apply your mental health knowledge and skills to working therapeutically with the horses.

Class sizes are kept small to ensure optimum learning environments and guarantee all students receive individualised, in-depth learning and support. Our course involves a huge amount of personal development and growth, and the length and depth of the course ensures you will graduate feeling competent and confident in your knowledge and skills as an equine assisted mental health practitioner.

You also have the opportunity to add ridden work to your electives, this will mean that you are able to offer mounted work to your clients upon successful completion of the course. This will involve 6 months more training and $5000 more in course fees.

Course start dates

October 9th, 2020

Workshop 1: 9- 11th of October

Workshop 2: 20- 22nd of November

Workshop 3: 11- 13th of December

Workshop 4: 15- 17th of January 2021

Workshop 5: 26- 28th of February

Workshop 6: 12-14th of March

Workshop 7: 16- 18th of April

Workshop 8: 14- 16th of May

Workshop 9: 11-13th of June

Workshop 10: 23-25th of July

Workshop 11: 13-15th of August

Workshop 12: 17-19th of September

Plus 6 more workshops over 6 months if adding ridden work to your electives.

Course Length

The course is completed in 12 months with 12 x 3 day, face to face workshops as well as self directed study of approximately 10 hours per week.

If you are adding the ridden work to your electives the course will go for 18 months and include 6 more 3 day face to face workshops as well as self directed study. 

The 3 day workshops will occur from Friday to Sunday from 9- 4pm. All workshop days must be attended throughout the course.

Course Fee’s

Course fees are $9000 without the ridden electives and $14,000 with the 3 ridden electives

Payment Plan: Without the ridden electives- $750 paid upon enrolment and then 11 instalments of $750 per month

With the ridden electives added- $1400 paid upon enrolment and then 17 instalments of $700

Fee Information

The course fees include:

  • Tuition for course content

Course Content

Total number of units = 16 (Ground work only)

Additional 3 electives for mounted work

Unit Number Unit title
1. Understand and apply the foundations of equine assisted mental health
2. Develop safe, legal and ethical practices in equine assisted mental health
3. Handle horses
4. Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
5. Identify hazards, assess and control safety risks for horse handling and riding activities
6. Apply equine handling, ground skills and risk management to equine assisted mental health
7. Research and apply theories applicable to equine assisted mental health
8. Research and apply the latest neuroscience, somatic and trauma informed theories, models and approaches to therapy
9. Instruct horse handling skills
10. Design and develop treatment plans and programs for the delivery of equine assisted mental health for individuals with diverse requirements
11. Equine assisted mental health with groups
12. Design and develop treatment plans and programs for the delivery of equine assisted mental health for groups with diverse requirements
13. Equine assisted mental health with kids/ teens
14. Develop and apply sound business knowledge, skills and practices in the delivery of equine assisted mental health
15. Support and work with people on the autism spectrum with EAMH
16. Incorporate art into EAMH sessions
  Ridden Electives
R1. Instruct Fundamental horse-riding skills
R2. Apply mounted work to EAMH
R3. Manage groups of riders in EAMH sessions

 

The following units are Nationally Recognised training units:

SISOEQU001 Handle horses
ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
SISOEQU010 Identify hazards, assess and control safety risks for horse handling and riding activities
SISOEQU007 Instructing horse handling skills
SISOEQU008 Instruct fundamental horse riding skills

Qualification

Upon the successful completion of this course, students receive a Nationally Recognised- Statement of Attainment for the following units of competency

SISOEQU001 Handle horses
ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
SISOEQU010 Identify hazards, assess and control safety risks for horse handling and riding activities
SISOEQU007 Instructing horse handling skills
SISOEQU008 Instruct fundamental horse riding skills

Successful graduates receive a Certificate in Equine Assisted Mental Health from Equine Assisted Therapy Australia.

Entry criteria/ pre-requisites:

Students must possess a qualification in counselling, psychotherapy or psychology to at least Diploma level as well as at least 2 years experience in the industry. Equine Assisted Therapy Australia will use the holistic information submitted during the application process to determine if the course is suitable for the applicant and whether it accommodates his or her learning needs.

To apply for the ridden electives, students must have at least 2 years of riding experience.

Location

Training and assessment take place at our private facility in the Tallebudgera Valley, on the Gold Coast.

Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and includes practical activities and trials, written question and answers, case studies, and written assignments.

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