Welcome to EFW-CAN!

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We are Equine Facilitated Wellness-Canada (EFW-CAN) formerly known as ...

National Association of Equine Facilitated Wellness (NAEFW)

EFW-Can is a professional community who values building respectful, trusting relationships through the human-equine bond. Our holistic foundation offers a diverse array of opportunities for personal exploration & growth, professional development, and certification training within the arena of Equine Facilitated Wellness.  

  • Do you desire to belong to a community that values what equines have to teach us and treats them as equal partners?

  • Would you like to enhance your growth, learning and wellness through engagement with equines?

  • Are you looking for opportunities to learn how to deepen the connections with the equines in your life?

  • Are you ready to become a certified equine facilitated wellness professional?

Here Is How EFW-CAN Can Help You

Trainings and Workshops: an opportunity for everyone to participate in EFW-CAN! Discover the unique ways in which equines can assist you in your personal growth and development, or simply find ways to deepen your connection with equines in your life.

Membership: offers you learning opportunities, support and mentorship. Join us and become part of the growing EFW-CAN community!

Certification: learn more about how to become certified to practice in the field of equine facilitated wellness. EFW-CAN is a registered, non-profit association committed to professional excellence in the field of equine facilitated activities and has developed an in-depth certification process. We have developed certification standards that enhance the safety, ethics, and credibility of counselling and learning initiatives involving equines and humans.

Find a Professional: are you looking for an EFW-CAN certified mental health, learning or equine professional who is trained to incorporate the equine-human bond into the therapeutic or learning process?

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The Role of the Equine

Equines have their own perceptions and emotions, and can also attune themselves to the presence and feelings of others. Through their remarkable sensitivity, perceptiveness, and intuition equines are able to offer valuable feedback and information to clients. It is crucial that they are able to express themselves spontaneously and freely through their actions and reactions when working with clients.

Our Professional Designations

The role of the EFW team is to create a safe space in which clients are able to learn, experience, explore, and express themselves. In order for this to happen, it is important that the professionals complement one another’s knowledge, experience and skills, and that their relationship is based on mutual respect. It is also crucial that they have a shared understanding of equine facilitated wellness principles, ethics and values.

Mental Health Professional (MHP)

Equine Facilitated Learning Professional (EFLP)

Equine Professional (EP)/Equine Coach (EC)

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