Mon, 01 Aug | Scottish Borders

EAL Practitioner Training - 5 Day

Do you have a background as a horse person, teacher or coach? Build on the training you already have and learn new skills so that you can have a sustainable and profitable career helping people improve their lives, achieve personal goals, make professional progress and/or experience well-being.
EAL Practitioner Training - 5 Day

Time & Location

01 Aug 2022, 09:00 BST – 05 Aug 2022, 16:00 BST
Scottish Borders, Whisgills House, Newcastleton TD9 0TQ, UK

About the Event

Equine-assisted learning (EAL) is an experiential learning approach that promotes the development of life skills for eductional, professional and personal goals through equine-assisted activities. This Level 4 course is designed for people who already have equine experience as well as a background in human services in the areas of coaching, instruction, teaching, caring, advocacy or management. It introduces and explores an approach to EAAT that will be specific to each candidate while being consistent with our philosophies regarding safety, ethics and the role of the horse as sentient being. Each candidate will choose from one of three specialisms:

  • equine-assisted learning in education,
  • corporate equine-assisted learning
  • equine-assisted learning in personal development

Prior to taking part in the onsite course, all candidates complete a distance learning prep course to learn all the new techniques and terminology they will need. Topics covered include:

  • History of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies
  • Definitions and Scope of Work
  • The three specialty areas
  • The Experiential Learning model
  • The Empowerment Dynamic
  • Client populations, assessments, contraindications
  • Learning and communication styles
  • Handling and Managing Horses in Equine Assisted Learning
  • Working with Individuals and Groups
  • Managing and understanding human behaviour
  • Equine ethology
  • Ethical horsemanship
  • Facilitation skills and practice
  • Safety and ethics
  • Activity design and planning
  • Business development, sustainability and marketing

During a 5 day course, trainees complete a minimum of 10 practice hours of leading EAL sessions under the support and guidance of a practising With Horses Certified Practitioner and complete a final portfolio.  This course qualifies you to lead equine assisted learning sessions for a variety of client groups and learning settings.

At the end of the process you will be a qualified equine assisted learning practitioner, gaining an accredited Level 4 OCNCredit4Learning accredited qualification and may incorporate horses in three distinct unmounted nontherapy services: equine-assisted learning in education, equine-assisted learning in organisations, and equine-assisted learning in personal development. 

Equine-assisted learning in education engages people of all ages in learning processes that focus on academic skills, character development, and the promotion of relevant life skills such as problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Professionals providing these services should have extensive knowledge, training, or certifications related to learning theory and teaching methodology. To address the needs of groups of students, these professionals may develop contracts with schools or school systems, and integrate specific educational strategies. Specific educational strategies may support individual education plans and academic remediation.

Equine-assisted learning in organisations assists members of corporations, organizations, and other workgroups to build effective teams and leaders that enhance work dynamics and performance at multiple organizational levels. Professionals providing this service should have extensive knowledge, training, or certifications related to organizational theory, team building, strategic planning, or leadership development. To address the needs of clients, these professionals may also integrate various approaches or strategies (e.g., executive coaching, team-building, or group retreats) within their services.

Equine-assisted learning in personal development assists individuals and groups discover new ways to face life challenges and opportunities by developing skills in effective problem-solving, decision-making, critical and creative thinking, and communication. Professionals providing these services should have extensive knowledge, training, or certifications in facilitation, coaching, and teaching; they should also clearly understand how their services differ from psychotherapy and counseling. To address the needs of clients, these professionals may integrate various approaches or strategies (e.g., personal coaching, wellness-related activities), within their services.

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