Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy Certification


The HERD Institute is pleased to introduce the Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy Training for Mental Health Practitioners. Each training workshop will focus on the philosophical, theoretical, and experiential process of incorporating equines into working with clients. Through the help of our herd of horses, participants will gain a deeper understanding of how their own process impacts on their client relationships. Workshops will include case study discussions and experiential exercises to demonstrate the theory.

Our Training in Action


2018 USA Training Dates

Module 1: Sharing Space (Jan 18-21, 2018)

Module 2: Release & Expand (April 12 – 15, 2018)

Module 3: Deepening (June 21 -24, 2018)

Module 4: Coming Home to Relationships (Sept 6 – 9, 2018)

Module 5: Integration (Nov 15 – 18, 2018)



2017 UK Training Dates

Module 1: Sharing Space to Release & Expand (21st-24th April, 2017)

Module 2: Deepening (22nd-25th September, 2017)

Module 3: Coming Home to Relationships (27th-30th April, 2018)

Module 4: Integration (21st – 24th September, 2018)


The UK EFP Certification Program is offered with country specific differences in mind regarding therapist training and practice regulations.

What will you learn?

The HERD Institute EFP Certification equips practitioners with the breadth and depth of knowledge, skills, and ethical guidelines required to incorporate horses into clinical practice. The program is structured to provide the philosophical, theoretical, and experiential foundations for participants to integrate into their own personal philosophy. The aim is to support and inspire a new generation of practitioners to find their own unique style of bringing horses into their clients’ lives to facilitate profound healing and growth. The Intensives will cover:

  1. The importance of sharing space and entering into the herd
  2. The psychological and physiological impacts of being with horses
  3. The art of deepening the relationships between your client and horse(s)
  4. The art of facilitating your client’s journey towards their coming home to relationships
  5. The integration of philosophical, theoretical, and experiential learning (including the Ethics, Logistics, and Practicalities of running an EFP business)


The HERD Institute Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) Certification is designed to offer training to licensed professional counselors, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other allied health professionals interested in incorporating horses into their work. The HERD Institute training is offered with CE approval by the National Association of Social Workers* (NASW), and the National Board for Certified Counselors** (NBCC), and is pending CEU approval by the American Psychological Association (APA). Graduate students who are close to eligibility for licensure may also apply. Admission to the training program will be at the discretion of the HERD faculty.

*This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886737814-0) for 55 Social Work continuing education contact hours.**The HERD Institute, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6845. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The HERD Institute, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. 


The HERD Institute operates a rolling admissions policy and accepts applications year-round for upcoming training workshops. There are no set dates for application deadlines. The training workshops are repeated in sequence, and graduation is based on completion of all modules.

The admissions process is simple: Select the program you wish to apply for and fill in the online application form. Alternatively, contact The HERD Institute via email at info@herdinstitute.com and we will assist you with the process.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:  At a minimum, you must have received, or anticipate receiving prior to the start of the workshop you are applying into, a bachelor’s degree from a regionally‐accredited college or university before applying for the Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy program at The HERD Institute. Applications for the Equine-Facilitated Learning program do not have an academic degree requirement.


ADMISSIONS CRITERIA: The HERD Institute is committed to identifying students who will be a “good fit” for the HERD experience. Rather than grade‐point averages or standardized test scores, we emphasize:

  1. Academic history and professional experience
  2. Compatible background and interests with the offerings at The HERD Institute
  3. Ability to work well in a distance‐education format
  4. Demonstrated critical thinking and writing skills
  5. Personal motivation and readiness for personal exploration work

Acceptance to the programs is at the discretion of the HERD Institute faculty.