Our ethics and professionalism rests on the value that for a practitioner to offer safe, ethical and effective change processes in this field of practice, each practitioner must be well trained in all facets of the work. 

Each Practitioner must be competent in 3 areas:

  1. Understanding and facilitating therapeutic/experiential change processes
  2. Understanding horses and being with horses safely
  3. Understanding the unique dynamics and process of EAP/EAL as a specialist training

We wish to educate the Australian and International community about the specialist practice of equine assisted psychotherapy and equine assisted learning, and what standards of training and experience should be expected of practitioners in a professional field.

The EPI Practitioner Training sets a very high Internationally competitive standard for students and practitioners, globally.

What are the Pathways to Certification and Membership?

The Equine Psychotherapy Institute require and offer the following Pathways for Certification and Membership:

  • Foundation Training Program of 124 hours including training, supervision and assessment components for students registered as Psychotherapists/Mental Health Practitioners certify as “Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Practitioner, Foundation Level”.
  • Foundation training Program of 126 hours including training, supervision and assessment components for students without therapy registration to certify as “Equine Assisted Learning Practitioner, Foundation Level”.
  • Advanced training program of 222 hours including specialist training, supervision and assessment components for students registered as Psychotherapists/Mental Health Practitioners certify as “Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Practitioner, Advanced Level”.
  • Advanced training program of 222 hours including specialist training, supervision and assessment components for students without therapy registration to certify as “Equine Assisted Learning Practitioner, Advanced Level”.

1 Year Membership with The Equine Psychotherapy Institute is given to students once they are awarded certification and agree to abide by our Code of Ethics and Standards for Practice.

Membership is updated every year there-on-in with Practitioners submitting Membership Renewal forms including notification of 10 hours Continuing Professional Development/Education in the field of practice.

The Equine Psychotherapy Institute reserves the right to offer certification and membership only to those students who satisfactorily complete all components of each level of training, including assessment, supervision, personal growth and professional development requirements. Students and practitioners must comply with the EPI Code of Ethics, which includes practicing within scope of practice. We further reserve the right to assess suitability for ongoing participation in the training program, and ongoing membership with the Institute.

All enquiries are welcome. If you have any questions about the above information please contact us.

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