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EAQ offers a range of independently accredited training courses for those wishing to work as facilitators for equine assisted learning as well as nationally recognised qualifications which are regulated by Ofqual.
The Role of the Facilitator
The role of the facilitator is complex and requires a high level of skill. You will be required to take part in case studies during your training and be observed leading sessions. Being a facilitator is a highly demanding role and we recommend that you join a recognised support group, such as the EAQ Network and continue with your training even after you have completed your initial training for facilitators. There is a requirement for all EAQ Certified Facilitators to take part in continuing professional development and be observed annually. EAQ Founder, Tricia Day is the author of one of the recommended reading books for the course: The Role of the Facilitator in Equine Assisted Learning, available from Amazon.
Horse awareness is one of the most important areas and we have our own EAQ Horse Awareness Certificate which we recommend as the starting point for all facilitators along with the unit 'Plan and Manage Equine Assisted Learning Activities'. This combination of units will provide you with a good grounding in how to run sessions and be aware of the horses and their behaviour. It would be suitable for an assistant facilitator or someone who is already qualified as a teacher, therapist or psychotherapist.
These are the two units which we recommend as the initial training for an equine assisted learning assistant facilitator:
- EAQ Horse Awareness Certificate
- Plan and Manage Equine Assisted Learning Activities.
Continuing Professional Development for Equine Assisted Learning Facilitators
Once you have completed the initial training, there are different routes that you might choose to follow depending on your existing skills and interests.
One route might be the Level 3 Award in Managing, Preparing and Delivering a Short Training Programme or the Level 3 Award in Applied Therapeutic Skills. We have chosen these particular qualifications as we believe that having a nationally recognised qualification is one of the best ways to show that you are working at a high standard within your equine assisted learning sessions.
Level 3 Award in Managing, Preparing and Delivering a Short Training Programme
Three units aimed at those with little or no teaching experience who wish to run short courses for young people and adults.
- Preparing for a Training Session
- Delivering a Training Session
- Managing a Training Programme.
Five units aimed at those already working as faciliators in equine assisted learning who wish to improve their understanding of the therapeutic value.
Creating a Secure Therapeutic Alliance
Relational Listening Skills
Therapeutic Problem Solving
Attachment Theory in Practice.
Further training is available for specialist areas, such as working with:
- children with autism
- adults with learning difficulties
- emotional, social or behavioural difficulties
- post traumatic stress disorder
- adults in recovery from drug and alcohol misuse
- accredited qualifications for learners.
How do I become an EAQ Certified Facilitator?
To become an EAQ Certified Facilitator you need to show that you are competent in the four units listed above. You also need to:
- hold a current First Aid Certificate
- have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
- hold adequate insurance
- agree to adhere to the EAQ Code of Conduct
- take part in Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Prior experience, qualifications and training
If you are already working as a facilitator for equine assisted learning or have any previous experience, qualifications or training that you feel may be transferable to the EAQ Facilitator Training we are happy to discuss the accreditation of your prior learning or achievement. We recommend that you attend one of the Introduction Days which will provide an opportunity to check your existing level of competence against the standards, identify gaps and prepare a training plan for your future development.
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Training or assessment?
The Facilitator Training programme consists of training sessions to gain the necessary underpinning knowledge and assessment of your competence. You can attend the training and not put yourself forward for assessment.
How long will it take to complete the EAQ facilitator training?
The number of days that it takes you to complete will depend on your existing skills when you start and your commitment to the process.
You need to provide sufficient evidence that you have met the criteria and this includes putting together a portfolio of evidence. Attending a set number of training days does not guarantee that you will be successful. This is about your performance on whether you are competent. You can show that you are competent in a variety of ways and these will be discussed with you when you start the training. When you can show that you are competent, your portfolio of evidence will be submitted for internal and then external verification.
Is it equine assisted learning or equine facilitated therapy?
EAQ Founder, Tricia Day said “When something is called equine assisted therapy or equine assisted psychotherapy it needs to be conducted by a qualified therapist or psychotherapist and those who take part need to accept that they need therapy or psychotherapy. There are many situations where horses can help people to learn new skills without the need for a therapist.”
There can be confusion around what is being offered because of the way in which activities are described. You may have heard all or some of the following titles to describe this way of helping people by enabling them to interact with horses. Equine assisted or equine facilitated learning, therapy, coaching, development, psychotherapy. And those who work within those places could be referred to as: equine assisted learning or equine facilitated facilitator, tutor, trainer, coach, assessor, psychotherapist, therapist or horse professional.
If you wish to train for professional qualifications such as those required to become a school teacher, psychotherapist, psychologist, coach or counsellor you need to contact the relevant professional organisation.
Course participants must:
- Be over 19 years of age
- Have experience with horses and an understanding of natural horsemanship
- Hold a recognised professional qualification such as counselling, teaching, adult education or therapy.
- Have relevant life experience and skills.
We run Introduction Days so that you can come along to find out more about the training and how EAQ can support you. All the introduction days are listed in the Events section.
In order to meet the requirements of our Safeguarding Policy you must have a disclosure and barring service (DBS) check before you will be accepted as an EAQ Certified Facilitator.
If you’re not sure what is the best option for you, please call or email us to talk over the options.