Thank you for your interest in becoming an Equine Specialist in Mental Health. Below you can find more information on what this course will prepare you for.
A PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and
Learning (ESMHL) ensures the safety and well-being of
the equine participating in equine-facilitated mental
health and learning sessions. She/he serves as the equine
expert during equine/human interactions. The ESMHL
works with mental health or education providers
delivering services, incorporating equines in their
practice, within the scope of their profession. An
ESMHL must be knowledgeable in horsemanship and
understands how to collaborate with a mental health
therapist and/or educator to best meet the client’s needs
and keep the lesson safe. ESMHLs also have a general
knowledge of mental health and education processes.
ESMHLs have a thorough understanding of the ways
equine behavior affect human responses and evaluate
the role of the equine during the mental health or
education sessions they supervise. The ESMHL
maintains responsibility for the equine, assesses the
equine’s response to any interactions, and prohibits or
stops any activity that compromises the well-being of
the equine. She/he ensures that equine interactions
within the session are safe.
Contact Hannah Wild, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information!