The Certification Conundrum – Equine and Animal Assisted Therapy

The Certification Conundrum – Equine and Animal Assisted Therapy

I receive a huge volume of inquiries from people looking for trainers, practitioners and certification programs in the Equine Facilitated Wellness and Animal Assisted therapy field. How do you find a program that is physically and emotionally safe for all involved – two and four legged? In a largely unregulated field there are many different options and lots to think about – whether you are looking for a training program or a counsellor. This article explores these questions including a case study highlighting different approaches and a list of key questions to ask potential service providers.

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Q1: What are Equine and Animal Assisted Therapy?

Q1: What are Equine and Animal Assisted Therapy?

Our first post in this series explains what we mean by equine and animal assisted therapy and some of the many other terms and acronyms used in these fields. We also provide links to some helpful organisations and professional bodies.

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Q4: What is the Role of the Horse in Equine Therapy?

Q4: What is the Role of the Horse in Equine Therapy?

This is quite possibly the most important question for all involved in the equine and animal assisted therapy fields. How we view our animal partners and their role in this work impacts how we treat and work with them, with significant consequences for the well being and safety of ALL involved, and for the potential benefits of this work.

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