Within EAL, there are three specialty areas. These are: Personal Development, Education, and Organizations. Each of these specialty areas apply to distinct area and population. Education is a specialty focused on working with the education system with students and teachers to develop academic skills. The Organizational specialty focuses on leadership skill development and team building. Personal development is the broadest area of EAL. It can include almost any population and targets general life skills to meet personal goals. Each are requires some specialized training. For example, to provide services to organizations, it is essential to understand organizational change, career development and basic leadership theory. This specialized training helps to keep the facilitator within the scope of their work. EAL is not counseling. The scope of practice is more like coaching and is NOT therapy or counseling. Even in EAL, some of the participants may be vulnerable. Facilitators have a responsibility to the client to keep the session in the lane of learning.
HorseWork has designed specialty training programs for each area. These courses are approved to satisfy the requirements for the PATH Intl Equine Assisted Learning credential. They are also included as part of the HorseWork training program. These micro-credentials are advanced training programs focused on a single specialty area and the additional competencies needed to serve those populations above and beyond the HorseWork facilitator training. When completed, professionals will receive digital badges which they can display on their website. When someone clicks on the badge, they see the information about the credential and the school it came from. This provides transparency to the public regarding the nature of a credential, lending credibility to the badge holder.
If you are interested in participating in the pilot programs, please contact us for more details.