EFW-CAN Training & Personal Development Opportunities

The following is a description of the various training required in order to complete the EFW-Canada certification program. Please note that individuals who are NOT interested in seeking certification are welcome to participate in the Explorations Training, Focus Training, Integration Training and Personal Development Sessions. However if you are interested in doing Equine Facilitated Wellness Work as a EFW-CAN certified practitioner you will need to request and purchase your certification package before focus training week 2!

Explorations Training is an introduction to the field of equine facilitated wellness. It offers an overview of the field and introduces participants to fundamental EFW concepts, principles and issues. During this training, participants also learn about EFW-CAN philosophy, principles, ethics and certification process. Participants will have an understanding of the steps required to further develop their knowledge and skills in this field. Explorations is the first level of training in the EFW-CAN certification process, and it is also available to anyone who wants to learn more about EFW. It may be of special interest to those in a mental health/human services field, and/or those who have experience working with equines.

If you'd like to hear from some of the people who were part of Deborah Marshall's May 2014 Explorations Workshop, click here for an audio interview created by Lynn Thompson of Living on Purpose. Length: 30:20 minutes (27.78 MB)

 

EXPLORATIONS TRAINING - BUILDING A FOUNDATION IN EQUINE GUIDED DEVELOPMENT

This is the first step for anyone who is interested in facilitating Equine Guided Development (EGD)/Equine Facilitated Wellness (EFW) though it can also be taken by anyone feeling called to experience the growth opportunities and potential that horses share.

This 2 day experiential workshop (plus additional distance learning components) is for those of you who want to explore the possibility of adding a Horse as Teacher, Coach, or Healer to your existing or developing wellness practice. During our time together we will provide an introduction to the growing field of Equine Guided Development – also known as Equine Facilitated Wellness, Equine Experiential Learning, and Equine Assisted Coaching to name a few.

Participants will leave with a general understanding of the EFW field, of EFW-Can’s philosophy, principles, ethics and certification process and with knowledge about next steps should they wish to further develop their skills in this wonderful field.

Explorations is open to everyone.

A manual will be provided.

Learning Objectives of the Explorations Workshop:

1         General understanding of Equine Facilitated Wellness (EFW)

2         Awareness of the history and foundation for EFW approaches

3         Increased sensitivity to the horse, its needs and abilities

4         Appreciation and understanding of the perspective of the horse as a ‘sentient being’

5         Appreciation of the safety and risk management issues and considerations in EFW

6         An introduction to how EFW can be applied with clients in individual, family and group environments

7         An introduction to how EFW can be applied with different client populations and needs

8         Understanding of the EFW-Can training, mentoring and certification model and how this applies to candidates

9         An appreciation of the importance of always working within your scope of practice

10      The development of personal next steps in exploring the EFW field

11      Ideas of what people can do when they leave

This is a 2 day experiential workshop with distance ed components.

Workshop topics will be covered through a blend of discussions, presentations, demonstrations and hands on experiential exercises.


Focus Training

Focus Training Parameters and Learning Objectives

Parameters

The Focus Training is the second step in learning about Equine Facilitated Wellness under the EFW-CAN model. Participants should have first completed a EFW-CAN approved Explorations training. The Focus Training introduces and explores an approach to EFW which will be specific to the trainer and program delivering the training while being consistent with EFW-CAN philosophies including those regarding safety, ethics and the role of the horse as sentient being. It is important for trainees to attend focus training with a trainer and program that is a good fit for how, and with whom, they plan to work.

1. Focus Training is open to anyone who has completed the EFW-CAN Exploration Training. Membership in EFW-CAN is not required for this training.

2. To enroll in the EFW-CAN certification process the trainee must be a member of EFW-CAN.

3. To obtain insurance through EFW-CAN the trainee must be enrolled in the EFW-CAN certification process and have completed Explorations and the first week of Focus Training.

4. The Focus Training contains both didactic, experiential and self-reflective material. Participant learning will be enhanced by an open and heartfelt approach to the work.

5. The extent to which participants involve themselves in the experiential and self- reflective exercises is an individual choice.

6. The EFW-CAN training process involves personal growth, but the Focus training is not a personal growth or therapy workshop. Participants are to be encouraged to respect their own and others boundaries, and facilitators are to maintain a safe environment in this regard.

Learning Objectives

1. Review and confirmation of understanding of EFW-CAN principals and philosophies including those regarding role of the horse, safety, and ethics and their application to the participant’s professional work and practice in the EFW field.

2. Introduction to the theoretical model applied by the individual trainer (or training team) and its integration with EFW. Specific learning objectives within this area will vary with the approach being taught.

3. Introduction of how to apply the theoretical model (see #2 above) to EFW work with different populations and different formats (e.g. individual sessions, group sessions, school programs etc.) in accordance with the participant’s scope of practice and including all streams (EP, EFL, & MHP) within the trainer’s (or training team’s) scope of practice.

4. Further exploration of the EFW-CAN certification requirements and development of an initial draft of the participant’s Scope of Practice Statement and the Personal Progress Plan.

5. Development of facilitation skills in EFW sessions, including preparation, safety, and introducing, facilitating, and debriefing (with equines and humans) a range of EFW activities.

6. Introduction and exploration of a philosophically consistent horsemanship approach applied by the individual trainer (training team) and its integration with EFW and EFW-CAN philosophies and principals. This will include consideration of:

a. Physical and emotional safety of client and horse, including additional considerations if riding is included into the approach;

b. Selection and training of a horse for EFW;

c. Assessing horses’ comfort level in the work;

d. Determining when a horse is not suitable for EFW:

e. Preparation of a horse for EFW sessions;

f. Handling of the horse (by facilitator and client) during sessions;

g. Debriefing of horse after sessions.

7. If the participant is interested in pursuing their EFW-CAN certification,

review and expansion of their “next steps” with the Personal Progress Plan

and development of their Scope of Practice will be initiated.


Integration Training

Prerequisites, Parameters and Learning Objectives

Prerequisites

1. Completion of the approved EFW-Can Explorations and approved EFW-Can Focus Trainings

2. Completion of fifteen (15) hours of direct client contact practicing EFW either with individuals or groups and two (2) hours of mentorship with an EFW-CAN Mentor

3. Participants must be a EFW-Can Certification Candidate. Non-certification candidates may be considered at the discretion of the individual trainer. If a non-certification candidate completes Integration Training and then decides at a later date to pursue EFW-Can Certification, they may need to complete Integration Training again.

4. A written draft of the trainee’s Scope of Practice and Personal Progress Plan

Parameters

1. The Integration Training is the final step in learning about Equine Facilitated Wellness under the EFW-Can model.

2. It is required that trainees attend Integration Training with the same trainer(s) and program they attended for Focus Training.

3. Integration Training deepens and develops the trainee’s applied understanding of the theoretical approach to EFW introduced in Focus Training. Therefore, little, if any new theoretical material will be presented.

4. The Integration Training contains didactic, experiential and self-reflective material. Participant learning will be enhanced by an open and heartfelt approach to the work.

5. The extent to which participants involve themselves in the experiential and self-reflective exercises is an individual choice.

6. The EFW-Can training process involves personal growth, but the Integration Training is not a personal growth or therapy workshop. Participants are to be encouraged to respect their own and others boundaries, and facilitators are to maintain a safe environment in this.

Learning Objectives

1. Review and confirmation of understanding of EFW-Can principals and philosophies including those regarding role of the horse, safety, and ethics and their application to the participant’s professional work and practice in the EFW field.

2. To deepen understanding of the theoretical model applied by the individual trainer (or training team) and its integration with EFW. Specific learning objectives within this area will vary with the approach being taught.

3. To deepen and develop applied understanding of the theoretical model (see #2 above) to EFW work through discussion, practice and case examples with different populations and different formats in accordance with the trainees Scope of Practice.

4. To create, prepare, introduce, facilitate and debrief practice sessions within participant’s individual Scope of Practice.

5. Further exploration (through discussion, case examples and practice) of an appropriate horsemanship approach applied by the individual trainer (training team) and its integration with EFW and EFW-Can philosophies and principals.

6. Further development and/or completion of a Scope of Practice Statement and a Personal Progress Plan

EFW-Can Training & Personal Development Schedule for 2016

Please note that all of the EFW-CAN trainings are approved by EFW-Canada but is provided by independent professionals; all fees are set by and payable to our independent EFW-CAN Trainers. Please review their individual cancellation policies and contact the trainers directly for more information and/or to apply for the trainings. The list of EFW-CAN trainers will be expanding so that we will be able to offer a greater number of trainings in more locations. Stay tuned for updates to this schedule!