Counselling,
specialising in EAMH

Why Study Counselling and Equine Assisted Mental Health?

Being a counsellor and equine assisted mental health practitioner, and having the skills to support and assist others, is a rewarding and enriching experience.

A qualification in counselling will equip you with a diverse set of skills to offer clients and employers.

Our comprehensive, hands-on approach means that you will be qualified to work outside with horses, or in a traditional room-based counselling environment.

This integrated approach will enrich both your professional and your personal life

ABOUT THE COURSE

The need for highly qualified, competent and safe equine assisted mental health practitioners drove the thoughtful creation and thorough design of this course. Time and commitment are required to excel at equine assisted mental health, which is why the structure of this course provides so many face-to-face contact hours to support you in developing the skills you will need. Through direct, regular contact with the horses (weather permitting) and practice with clients you will feel your competence and confidence grow, preparing you to excel in the field.
In order to provide you with the most solid foundation possible, our unique course integrates skills from different modalities and combines these skills with the proficiency to work alongside horses, allowing ample time to practice and learn in a hands-on environment.

This approach ensures that you, as a practitioner, have many tools to draw upon, including horsemanship, a variety of counselling techniques and modalities, art therapy, trauma informed practice, somatic practice, nature-based activities and mindfulness techniques.

Our course is suitable for people who already possess some knowledge, skills, and experience relevant to the course.

We aim to make students feel comfortable whilst undertaking the training.

Our class sizes are kept small to ensure optimum learning environments and ensure all students receive in-depth learning and support.

What will I Learn?

PVEI & EATA COLLABORATION

This collaboration is more than just a partnership; it’s a commitment to mutual growth and providing our students with the best opportunities to learn and flourish in the world of animal-assisted therapy.

In a fractured world where isolation, disconnection, and a lack of a sense of safety prevail, the pursuit of growth, healing, and renewal can seem daunting. Accessing compassion, empathy, and adaptable thinking can become increasingly challenging.

It is imperative to transition our bodies from a state of stress to one of safety and connection. Mastering the regulation of our nervous systems, emotions, and overall well-being stands as a pivotal skill to cultivate.

Every individual deserves to experience a sense of safety and connection, and horses offer invaluable assistance in achieving this goal.

PVEI combines two profoundly effective and transformative elements to aid in learning this skill:

  • Understanding our bodily responses and their origins through Polyvagal Theory.
  • Applying this understanding in practical settings with horses, who serve as unparalleled guides in embodied learning.
Dr. Rebecca Bailey from PVEI

Dr. Rebecca Bailey, a trailblazer in the field of animal-assisted therapy since the ’80s, brings a wealth of wisdom and experience to our partnership. Students from both of our courses will have the incredible opportunity to benefit from the expertise of the PolyVagal Equine Institute and Equine Assisted Therapy Australia.

The course is completed in 24 months, with attendance required at the 14 x 4-day face to face workshops held throughout the 24 months as well as weekly self-directed study of approximately 25 hours per week.

The 4-day workshops will occur from Monday through to Thursday. All 56 days must be attended throughout the course.

Students must demonstrate that they possess the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) required to meet the rigour of the course. Prospective students must be at least 21 years old and possess some knowledge, skills, and experience relevant to the course.

Prospective students will complete a Pre-Training Review, incorporating LLN assessment, during the application process.

On completion of the Pre-Training Review and attendance at the first workshop, Equine Assisted Therapy Australia will use the holistic information submitted to determine if the course is suitable for the applicant and whether it accommodates his or her learning needs.

Students with previous mental health issues are advised to seek advice from their mental health professional as to whether the course is suitable for them.

Students will be required:

  • to self-regulate and manage their own activation throughout the course
  • to work on their self-awareness
  • take responsibility for their own healing and mental health journey
  • maturely accept feedback
  • be open to new learnings
  • be professional, punctual with assessments, payments and being on time
  • safely engage in group dynamics and be a team player
  • communicate transparently and honestly
  • have capacity for the rupture and repair that occurs in relationship
  • have an overall capacity to manage difficult material

Graduates may progress onto:

  • Degree level courses in Counselling or related areas
  • Employment as a Counsellor, or a related role, in an established counselling agency, specialising in equine assisted mental health
  • Having their own equine assisted mental health practice working with clients within their scope of practice

Equine Assisted Therapy Australia delivers the current version of this course. The course consists of the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling which includes 13 core units and 4 electives plus 4 equine handling units of competency, plus 3 animal assisted services units of competency (these units are all Nationally accredited). There are also EAMH units (these are not Nationally accredited units).

Students who successfully complete this qualification will receive the Diploma of Counselling CHC51015 plus a statement of attainment for the 4 equine handling units and the 3 animal assisted services units. A Statement of attainment is provided to indicate units successfully completed if for some reason students do not complete all units.

Successful graduates will also obtain recognition as an Equine Assisted Mental Health Practitioner and a PVEI Practitioner.

Training and assessment take place at private facilities in Tallebudgera, QLD; Galston, NSW; Mount Evelyn, VIC.

Name

Dip-EAMH QLD May 2024 | Cohort 17

Location

Tallebudgera Valley QLD

Start Date

27/05/2024

Cost

$24,000

Dip-EAMH NSW May 2024 | Cohort 18

Sydney

20/05/2024

$24,000

Dip-EAMH VIC Aug 2024 | Cohort 19

Mt Evelyn

26/08/2024

$24,000

Name

Dip-EAMH QLD May 2024 | Cohort 17

Location

Tallebudgera Valley QLD

Start Date

27/05/2024

Cost

$24,000

Name

Dip-EAMH NSW May 2024 | Cohort 18

Location

Sydney

Start Date

20/05/2024

Cost

$24,000

Name

Dip-EAMH VIC Aug 2024 | Cohort 19

Location

Mt Evelyn

Start Date

26/08/2024

Cost

$24,000

Ready to start?

Applying is easy using our simple online application process. Or book a call with our enrolments advisor.