You will develop the knowledge and skills required to work as an equine assisted mental health practitioner with clients on personal and psychological issues. This includes learning how to build rapport and create a safe therapeutic environment for clients to explore and work on issues. It also involves learning how to safely, meaningfully and therapeutically bring the horses into the work in a way that supports the clients healing process and also honours the horse.
You will learn how to help the client to become aware of patterns, beliefs and behaviours that no longer serve them. You will have the skills to work somatically to invite the client to safely come home to their body and to learn to live authentically in the present. You will develop the skills and knowledge to work in a trauma informed way to support people through crises and to safely hold space for their experience.You will also learn a lot about yourself!
A number of the core-counselling units of competency will involve working with the horses, allowing you to develop a confident proficiency in equine assisted mental health and horse handling.
You will also learn how to supervise and support your clients handling horses and how to maintain safety and integrity for your client, your horse and yourself.