Academics at Prescott College

Equine-Assisted Mental Health

Graduate and Post-MA Certificate

Equine-Assisted Mental Health

Graduate and Post-MA Certificate

The leading academic program in its field in North America, the Prescott College Equine-Assisted Mental Health (EAMH) certificate program offers training in the rapidly evolving field of partnering with equines in providing psychotherapy and other mental health services. The EAMH certificate program adds 15 credits of specialized courses to the Master of Science in Counseling degree. Students are prepared for licensure or certification in their home state with additional competency in equine-assisted mental health as a treatment strategy.

The EAMH certificate program blends a comprehensive theoretical framework with hands-on facilitation training in equine-assisted/facilitated work under the guidance of internationally renowned practitioners. The 15 graduate credit concentration consists of five courses.  Four of these courses each contain a full semester of course work, delivered through an e-learning platform, as well as a four-day residential intensive workshop.  The fifth course is comprised of supervised clinical work in the field.

Course work (15 graduate credits)

  • Explorations in Equine-Assisted Mental Health

  • Equines in the Therapeutic Environment in Equine-Assisted Mental Health

  • Individual and Group Facilitation in Equine-Assisted Mental Health
  • Best Practices in Equine-Assisted Mental Health 
  • Equine-Assisted Mental Health Clinical Field Experience (includes 100 hours of supervised client work)

Interdisciplinary and comprehensive, the EAMH certificate program provides a breadth of resources, perspectives and faculty support that allows you to discover ways of partnering with horses in the field of mental health that suit you and the populations you want to work with.

Prior equine experience is necessary to be eligible for the EAMH certificate program. Please contact the Admissions office for more information about eligibility requirements.

Professionals with an existing master’s or doctoral degree in a mental health related field seeking similar training, please see information about our Post-Master Certificate in Equine-assisted Mental Health

Applicants seeking similar training for the field of education are encouraged to apply to the Equine-assisted Learning concentration through the Masters of Arts program in Education.

Relational Horsemanship at Prescott College

The principles of relational horsemanship are not new, they are fairly universal, and lay the framework for relationships of many kinds, human-to-human, and human to the natural world. Relationships with horses, like those with people, need to be developed, and they take many of the same skills: listening, observing, collaborating, and creating connection. A solid foundation for this relationship is created by understanding horses as a species and engaging in interactions informed by learning theory.

Residential Intensives

Students in the Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in Equine-assisted Mental Health attend four four-day Residential Intensives at a local equine facility as part of their course work. Students pay a fee per intensive for accommodations, food, and facility use, as well as for care and feeding of the equine herd. The fee can be covered through financial aid.

Each of these Residential Intensives are connected to one of the four core Mental Health (EAMH) courses. The first three Residential Intensives are held at Juniper Well Ranch just outside of Prescott in Skull Valley, AZ. Intensives start @ 2:00 p.m. on the first day and wrap up by noon on the last day.  The Best Practice Gathering is a national conference held at different locations each year. If you are travelling by plane allow at least three hours travel between Phoenix Sky Harbor and Juniper Well Ranch. Students stay at the ranch for the Residential Intensive. Room and board and expenses are covered by $550 course fees.

First year EAMH students attend the Explorations and Facilitation intensives in August and January. Second year students attend the Relational Horsemanship and Best Practices intensives in August and April. Graduate Certificate Students can take all four courses in order to complete the program in one year.

  • Applied Relational Horsemanship in Equine-Assisted Learning and Mental Health - (second year and certification students)
    August 15-18, 2016
  • Explorations in Equine-Assisted Learning and Mental Health - (first year students)
    August 22- 25, 2016
  • Group Process and Facilitation in Equine-Assisted Learning and Mental Health - (first year students)
    January 9-12, 2017
  • Best Practices Gathering on Equine-Assisted Learning and Mental Health - (second year and cert students, open to the public)
    April 3-6, 2017

Post- Master's Certificate in Equine-assisted Mental Health

The Post-Master's certificate in Equine-assisted Mental Health (EAMH) blends a comprehensive theoretical frame with hands-on experience in equine-assisted work under the guidance of internationally renowned practitioners.

This 15 graduate credit, one year low-residency program comprises of four courses, each anchored by a residential intensive workshop. The program also includes a field experience, where acquired knowledge and skills are synthesized and applied by working under supervision in the field. The Post-Master's Certificate is designed for students who hold a Master's degree in field of mental health practice (such as counseling, social work, clinical psychology, or adventure-based therapy), and who wish to include horses in their practice.

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Life & Career Outcomes

Life & Career Outcomes
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Counseling Psychologist

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