Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) Foundation

Inspiring Personal and Professional Development

*Please note, there is a $50 application fee that is due at the time of submission. If accepted into the program, the $50 application fee will be credited towards your tuition. If you are not accepted, the fee will be refunded.

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.

For US students, The HERD Institute® EFP Foundation Certification is offered with CE approval by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)*, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)**, and the American Psychological Association (APA).***

*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 43 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, for a total of 28 hours of CE for the entire certification.

***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 25 hours of CE for the entire certification.

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. Admission to the training program will be at the discretion of the HERD faculty.

To apply, simply complete our online application form, pay the application fee, and sign our Commitment of Belonging. Once you submit your application and have completed all the necessary application steps, you will be invited to an informal interview, after which your application will be reviewed by our Admissions Team. You will receive a decision within 5 business days of your interview.

Our EFP training consists of 5 online courses, 5 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]!

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

We offer the following payment options for the Foundation EFP tuition*:

Full Tuition Upfront: $7250
OR
Payment Plan**: $350/month for 18 months

*Tuition is in US Dollars and includes all learning materials for each module, supervision costs plus refreshments, each day during the in-person practicums. It does NOT include travel, accommodation, and lunch each day.
**All payment options include a non-refundable $1,500 deposit. For the payment plans, the $1,500 non-refundable deposit is due up front prior to the beginning of all monthly payments. The $1,500 non-refundable deposit is built into the full tuition upfront cost.

We also offer discounts for the following groups:

  • Veterans and active military personnel
  • myCAA: Military spouses of active service members
  • PATH International Registered Members: CTRI, ESMHL, Driving, or Vaulting certification holders
  • Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)

If you belong to any of these communities, you are eligible for the discounted rate.

The discounted rates* are as follows:

Full Tuition Upfront: $6162
OR
Payment Plan**: $275/month for 18 months

See if you are eligible for a 20% discount click HERE to get started.

Apply today to begin your journey to be a practitioner.

Apply HERE

*Please note, there is a $50 application fee that is due at the time of submission. If accepted into the program, the $50 application fee will be credited towards your tuition. If you are not accepted, the fee will be refunded.

2024 EFP Training Schedule*

ONLINE MODULELIVE WEBINAR
March 4th, 2024:
Gestalt Theory of Self & Embodiment
Friday, April 5th, 2024: 1 – 4 pm (EST)
May 13th, 2024:
Building Your Practice
Friday, June 14th, 2024: 1 – 4 pm (EST)
July 1st, 2024:
Existential-Humanistic Principles in EFP
Friday, August 9th, 2024: 1 – 4 pm (EST)
September 2nd, 2024:
HERD Dynamics (Horses and Humans)
Friday, October 11th, 2024: 1 – 4 pm (EST)
US PRACTICUMS
May 6th – 10th, 2024, Crete, IL
June 24th – 28th, 2024, Crete, IL
September 9th – 13th, 2024, Crete, IL
October 21st – 25th, 2024, Orlando, FL

*In order to complete your certification, you must attend all online modules, corresponding live webinars, and 2 in-person Practicums. In order to embed the learning, Practicums need to be attended at least a minimum of 4 months apart. You also must have completed an online module and live webinar prior to attending an in person Practicum.

Start dates for accepted applications are January, May, and September.

We are accepting applications for a May 13th, 2024 start through April 8th, 2024. 

GRADUATE MEMBERSHIP

As a graduate of The HERD Institute®, we are proud to promote your achievements and success. We believe in continuing the support and guidance offered during the training, post certification. A Graduate Membership Fee of $150, to be paid annually on the anniversary of your graduation, brings the benefit of being listed on our website as a graduate of the institute, allowing clients to find you more easily, and acts as a referral point. Continued supervision will also be available at a discounted rate of $65/hour*. Graduates will also be invited to present at conferences, co-author articles, co-facilitate workshops, and/or assist in training certifications as a way of expanding your experience. The HERD Institute® is committed to maintaining contact with our graduates to deepen the connections within the HERD Community. To maintain membership, graduates must also complete 10 hours of Continued Education annually.