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Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy Certification


The HERD Institute® offers Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy Training for Mental Health Practitioners. Our training focuses on the philosophical, theoretical, and experiential process of incorporating equines into working with clients. Through the help of our herd of horses, students will gain a deeper understanding of how their own process impacts on their client relationships. Our certification program is offered as a hybrid model combining online study, live webinars, and in-person practicums.

The HERD Institute®  EFP Foundation Certification is offered with CE approval by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)* and approval by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)**. The HERD Institute® is also approved to provide Continuing Education through the American Psychological Association.***

*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 Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy Certification offers 14 hours of CE per practicum and 3 clock hours of CE per Live Webinar, for a total of 46 hours of CE for the entire certification.

**This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886737814-4317) for 14 continuing education contact hours. This applies to each in-person practicum only.

***APA Division 32, Society for Humanistic Psychology, is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. APA Division 32, Society for Humanistic Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Our Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy Certification offers 10 clock hours of CE per practicum and 1 clock hours of CE per Live Webinar, for a total of 26 hours of CE for the entire certification.

Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply?
You can apply for the program by scrolling down and filling out the application form at the bottom of the page!
What is the application process?
To apply, simply complete our online application form. Once you’ve completed the form and submitted it, the application will be reviewed by our Admissions Team. Once it’s been reviewed, we will request an informal interview, completed via Zoom (an online meeting platform) or via phone, lasting no more than an hour. You will receive a decision shortly after your interview.
What does the training entail?
Our EFP training consists of 6 online courses, 6 live webinars, and 2 in-person practicums. All must be completed for graduation, as well as additional requirements. For more information, please contact us at [email protected]!

2021 EFP Training Schedule*

2022 EFP Training Schedule*

*In order to complete your certification, you must attend all online modules, live webinars, and both the Compassionate HERD and Relational HERD practicums. The practicums can be attended in any order. In order to embed the learning, practicums need to be attended 6 months apart. Start dates for accepted applications are January, March, and September.
The application deadline for a January start is October 1st.
The application deadline for a March start is January 5th.
The application deadline for a September start is July 1st. 

**Please note, the October 2021 Relational HERD practicum is full. 


*Tuition is in US Dollars and includes all learning materials for each module, supervision costs, plus snacks, each day during the in-person practicums. It does NOT include travel and accommodation. The HERD Institute® actively encourages applications from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to our certification programs. The HERD Institute® is proud to support veterans and military personnel in making a difference to their communities. The HERD Institute® is recognized as an Affiliate with PATH International and offers PATH Intl. Members additional benefits when joining the HERD. The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion discount is eligible for all BIPOC folks. If you belong to any of these communities, you are eligible for a 20% discount on your tuition.

**A deposit of $1,500 is due up front prior to the beginning of monthly payments. This deposit is non-refundable.

***To qualify for the Student Rate, you must be currently enrolled in a graduate program, and provide a letter of confirmation of enrollment from your school.



The HERD Institute® EFP Foundation Certification Program equips practitioners with the breadth and depth of knowledge, skills, and ethical guidelines required for clinical practice within an equine facilitated setting. Completion of the program does not equate to state licensure for mental health practice. The program is structured to provide the philosophical, theoretical, and experiential foundations for students 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.

Topics covered:


  1. The 5-Stages of The HERD EFP Model™
  2. The Principles of Relational Ethics in EFP
  3. The Gestalt Theory of Self & Embodiment in relation to EFP
  4. The Existential-Humanistic Principles within The HERD EFP Model™
  5. The HERD Dynamics for Horses & Humans
  6. The Ethics, Logistics, and Practicalities of running an EFP business

We are currently in the process of finalizing details for our Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy Advanced Certification – COMING SOON!!!



The HERD Institute® Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) Foundation Certification is designed to offer training to licensed professional counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other allied health professionals interested in incorporating horses into their work. 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.


As part of your certification, we require you to obtain you Equine First Aid Certification. Click the button to find out more information and to see available dates.

If these dates don’t fit your schedule, you can find somewhere closer to your location. Contact us to find out more about scheduling an equine first aid training course in your area.

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