Equine Assisted Mental
Health Course

**This course is currently on hold we will release more information in early 2024. 

If you already have a nationally recognised qualification to Diploma level in Counselling, Psychology, Psychotherapy or Social work as well as some experience in the industry, we offer our Equine Assisted Mental Health Course for you.

The course is very hands on, trauma informed, practical and experiential, you will learn the theory and practice of equine assisted mental health as well as equine handling skills. The course will support you to apply your current knowledge and skills to working therapeutically with the horses.

Class sizes are kept small to ensure optimum learning environments and to ensure that all students receive individualised, in-depth learning and support.

Our course involves a huge amount of personal development and growth, and the length and depth of the course ensures you will graduate feeling competent and confident in your knowledge and skills as an equine assisted mental health practitioner.

What will I Learn?

You will develop the knowledge and skills required to work as an equine assisted mental health practitioner with clients on personal and psychological issues.

This includes learning how to safely, meaningfully, and therapeutically bring the horses into the work in a way that supports the clients healing process and also honours the horse.

You will also learn how to supervise and support your clients’ handling horses and how to maintain safety and integrity for your client, your horse and yourself. You will also learn a lot about yourself!

The course is completed in 12 months with 12 x 3-day, face to face workshops as well as self-directed study of approximately 10 hours per week.

The 3-day workshops will occur from Friday to Sunday. All workshop days must be attended throughout the course.

Students must possess a qualification in Counselling, Psychology, Psychotherapy or Social work to at least Diploma level as well as current registration with PACFA, ACA, or AHPRA.

Students will also be required to have a minimum of 2 years working in the industry.

On completion of the Pre-Training Review, proof of qualification and experience and attendance at the introductory training; Equine Assisted Therapy Australia will use the holistic information submitted process 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

Upon the successful completion of this course, students receive a Nationally Recognised- Statement of Attainment for the following units of competency:

SISOEQU001           Handle horses
ACMEQU212          Handle horses safely
SISOEQU010           Identify hazards, assess and control safety risks for horse handling and riding activities
SISOEQU007           Instructing horse handling skills

Successful graduates receive a Certificate in Equine Assisted Mental Health from Equine Assisted Therapy Australia.

Training and assessment take place at private facilities in the Tallebudgera Valley, on the Gold Coast or in Galston, NSW



Start Date


EAMH 12 month Course – Cohort 12




EAMH 12 month Course – Cohort 13

Tallebudgera Valley



Upcoming Courses

There are currently courses available in Sydney, Gold Coast & Melbourne, please enquire for our next intakes.

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