In this course you will learn Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP). You will understand the reasons horses are suitable for therapy and why they may not be for certain clients. In addition, details regarding the evidence-based research in the EFP field will be provided. The many and varied populations who may benefit from EFP will be discussed. You will also learn the steps involved in becoming an equine facilitated psychotherapist.
This is a non-interactive, self-study course.
Textbooks are required to complete AAT-I learning content. Reading material is not included with course enrollment and must be purchased separately from retail booksellers. (See "Requirements" tab for specifics.)
1. Forum Posts: You will be required to make some forum posts for the course.
2. You will be required to complete writing assignments with the required reading in order to demonstrate understanding of the material.
3. The following required reading material is NOT provided to you with the purchase of the course.
- Fine, A.H. (2019). Animal Assisted Therapy: Theoretical Foundations and Guidelines for Practice-Fourth Edition. London, UK
- Kohanov, L. (2003). Riding Between the Worlds Expanding Our Potential Through The Way of the Horse. New World Library. Novato, CA.
- Parish-Plass, N. (2013). Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy Theory, Issues and Practice. Purdue University.
This reading material can be purchased on www.amazon.com (Just type in the title and/or author of the book)
- Explain the difference between Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP), Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy
- Explain steps to become a certified Equine Specialist through P.A.T.H. and Eagala
- Describe the evolution of Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy
- Explain the Human Animal Bond in relationship to equines and its specific benefits to clients in EFP
- Explain important elements of horse behavior and how these elements relate to the equine as a co-therapist
- List key reasons horses are suitable for therapy and why they may not be
- Describe examples of interventions involving equines inf EFP
- Describe examples of the evidence-based research in the EFP field
- Define the role of the mental health professional in EFP
- Define the role of the equine specialist in EFP
- Describe the possible models of interaction between the horse, client, mental health professional, and the equine specialist in EFP
- Identify safety concerns for the client in EFP.
- Identify populations shown to benefit from EFP.
This course is Course 4 of the AAT-I Program.
From the time of registration, you have six months to access the coursework.
Credit Hours: This course offers 13 credit hours
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This is a non-interactive, self-study course.
To receive your certificate of completion you must complete the course in its entirety.
To complete an Online Self Study Course, one must register, log in, select the My Courses option from the menu items, click the Course Title, complete all of the requirements, complete and pass the post-test(s), and complete the course evaluation.
Psychologists and other professionals seeking CE credit through our approval with the American Psychological Association are asked, but not required, to complete the course evaluation before obtaining their certificate of completion, however passing a post-test for online self-study courses, and submitting one's attendance for live on-site and live webinars is required.
You can download or print your certificate of completion by logging into your account, navigating to the course by selecting the My Courses option from the menu items, clicking the Course Title, scrolling to the Certificate of Completion section, and clicking on the Certificate of Completion link to either download it or print it.
Participants may request a printed version of their certificate of completion to be delivered by mail. A shipping/handling fee of $6.95 will be charged per request. Shipping internationally may require an additional charge.
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Hold an approved license or certification. Click here to view the full list of approved clinician types.
Complete the entire AAT-I program, which includes the following 8 courses:
- The History of ATT and ATT Principles, 4 CE hours
- AAT Competencies and Multicultural Considerations, 7 CE hours
- Animals as Co-Therapists: Selection, Behavioral, and Training Considerations, 2 CE hours
- Introduction to Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, 13 CE hours
- Animals as Co-Therapists: Blending Animal Interventions with a Range of Professional Theoretical Orientations, 11 CE hours
- Animals as Co-Therapists: Exploring Animal Assisted Interventions Across Professions, Settings, and Populations, 17 CE hours
- Developing Treatment Plans and Tracking Outcomes, 10 CE hours
- Weekend Intensive (Onsite in NC), 21 CE Hours
This is a non-interactive self-study course. Teaching methods for the course include recorded lectures, videos, text readings, assignments, and online discussion.