Equine Therapy EPI Faculty

Heather Lucass


EPI Supervisor

EPI Model EAP Practitioner 
EPI Trainer  
BA Hons Psychology and Law   
Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education (Science) 
Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE Secondary Science) 
Member of the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) 
Diploma of Counselling (ACA) 
Master of Professional Psychology (Psychologist, provisional registration) 
I am a qualified Teacher, Counsellor, provisional Psychologist, Equine Assisted
Psychotherapy practitioner and EPI model Trainer.   
Having had the privilege of growing up with horses and other animals, I came to this work with an intrinsic understanding of the importance of nature in the field of healing and
growth. Completing my training with the Institute provided an evidenced-based road map to integrate this work into my practice. I am passionate about sharing the Institute’s model
and excited to support students on their journey with this amazing work.  
I feel grateful that in my role as an EPI model trainer, I am able to combine my passion for this work with my background in education and training. I have over 10 years' experience in
teaching science and psychology and have held a number of positions in secondary schools and colleges in the UK, Thailand and Australia.  My experience includes Special Educational Needs specialist, Teaching and Learning Coach, Student Wellbeing Leader, Pastoral Leader, Head of Sixth Form and Curriculum Lead for Science and Psychology. I also worked with local government schools implementing canine facilitated positive behaviour programs for disengaged students.  
Additionally, I have a background in training dogs and horses, and I am passionate about relationship-based horsemanship, believing connection and safety are the foundations of a
happy herd. I have an interest in supporting healing from trauma in both humans and animals and integrate a trauma-informed approach in my teaching, training and
psychotherapy practice. I have also completed advanced training with the Institute in the role of Animal Assisted Psychotherapy in Treating Developmental Trauma in Children. 
I live in the small suburb of Moorina, North Brisbane, where I run Brisbane Equine Assisted Therapy with my herd of horses and my 2 dogs.