E3A – Equine Experiential Education

Certification

Want to learn more about E3A’s Certification Program? You’ve come to the right place.

E3A equips you to stand out in the Personal and Professional Development Field as a confident Certified Equine Assisted Learning Professional

 

Who can become certified?

Individuals who wish to partner with horses so they can offer transformational experiences to their clients through Equine Assisted Learning. These include:

Coaches, Consultants, Educators, Mental Health Professionals, Equestrians

And those from other walks of life. Your ability to help others learn and grow through Equine Experiential Learning is limited only by your imagination!

How to become certified:

Certification candidates must complete all three classes and pass the self-tests to attain Level 1 Certification.

E3A Certified Practitioner

Level I

Introduction to the Equine Experiential Education Facilitation Method

This webinar covers the difference between coaching, training and teaching, the roles the facilitator plays, how to create an environment for learning, and the 5 Question Model for facilitating equine activities. Participating in this class is a prerequisite for the E3A Practicum.

You Will Learn:

  • Your role as facilitator.
  • How to create an environment for enriched learning.
  • Why horses are best suited to partner with humans in learning environments.
  • The 5 Question Model for facilitating equine activities.

Prerequisites: None
Length/Format: 1.5 hour webinar.

Recommended Reading: Open To Outcome, 2nd edition, by Micah Jacobson and Mari Ruddy

Foundations of Equine Experiential Education Facilitation Online

The Foundations of Facilitation is an 8-week online course, and you will explore how horses as co-facilitators provide a learning experience with value and benefits unlike any other, and how to facilitate transformative experiences via the horse-human connection.

The course will provide the opportunity to build your core competencies in the foundational elements of the E3A model before progressing onto the Capstone Arena Experience.

In this 8-week online course participants will learn to:

  • Discover the key aspects of partnering with horses in a conscious and responsible manner while embracing the wisdom of our horse partners
  • Explore horse behaviors and herd dynamics
  • Acquire a basic understanding of applied equine experiential facilitation and coaching techniques for E3A facilitators
  • Understand how the E3A five question model becomes the framework for successful facilitation
  • Recognize the difference between a coaching facilitation approach vs a therapeutic approach in debriefing horse activities
  • Explore strengths and challenges as an E3A facilitator
  • Utilize the CHANGE model of learning to explore how individuals’ beliefs, perceptions & values create life results/outcomes

As a Foundations to Facilitation participant, you are then invited to the in-person Capstone Arena Experience Course – the $4,500 course fee for the Foundations to Facilitation includes the 5-day Capstone Arena Experience. This brings the theory into practice.

Pre-requisite: Please enrol and complete the Introduction to the Equine Experiential Education Facilitation Method Webinar before registering.

StrengthsFinder 2.0
A New and Upgraded Edition of the Online Test from Gallup’s Now, Discover Your Strengths

Author(s): Tom Rath
Publisher: Gallup Press
ISBN-10: 159562015X
Type: Hardcover
Edition: First
Number of Pages: 192
Language: English
Release Date: 2/1/2007
http://strengths.gallup.com/110440/About-StrengthsFinder-20.aspx
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/StrengthsFinder-2-0-Upgraded-Discover-Strengths/dp/159562015X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1250434821&sr=8-1

Strengths Based Leadership
Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow

Author(s): Tom Rath, Barry Conchie
Publisher: Gallup Press
ISBN-10: 1595620257
Type: Hardcover
Edition: First
Number of Pages: 216
Language: English
Release Date: 1/6/2009
http://strengths.gallup.com/110242/About-Book.aspx
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Strengths-Based-Leadership-Tom-Rath/dp/1595620257#

E3A Capstone Arena Experience (5 Day Arena session)

Building on the Foundations of Equine Experiential Education Facilitation Online Course, this five day in-person arena class offers participants the opportunity to be actively involved in every horse activity as either a participant or as the facilitator.

Keeping the size of this Capstone course to a maximum of 12 participants allows you to receive personalized coaching and encouragement from two E3A Master Trainers.

The learning is truly experiential.

This arena experience will assist you in gaining the confidence necessary to design and deliver your equine assisted programs.

In the E3A Capstone Arena Experience participants will:

  • Practice mentored facilitation of horse activities to learn and build facilitation skills
  • Demonstrate a safety protocol using an E3A Safety Framework
  • Utilize the 5 Question Model debriefing technique, capture cause and effect within the client context
  • Select horses for activities
  • Participate in horse activities to gain an understanding of what your clients will experience
  • Learn how to set context for activities to make the debriefing sessions transformative
  • Increase understanding of horse and herd behavior and how it is used in Equine-assisted Learning
  • Begin learning how to design a transformational EAL workshop from start to finish
  • Experience incorporating CliftonStrengths assessment into the debriefing process

Prerequisites

  • Read the book, Open to Outcome by Micah Jacobson and Mari Ruddy
  • Attend the Teleclass – Introduction to The Equine Experiential Facilitation Method (C1),
  • Take the CliftonStrength Assessment online at https://www.gallupstrengthscenter.com/Purchase/en-US/Product StrengthsFinder

OR

  • Purchase one of the following books and take the associated CliftonStrengths Assessment (instructions and Internet link are provided with the book). NOTE: Do not buy a used book as the assessment link will not work.

StrengthsFinder 2.0
A New and Upgraded Edition of the Online Test from Gallup’s Now, Discover Your Strengths

Author(s): Tom Rath
Publisher: Gallup Press
ISBN-10: 159562015X
Type: Hardcover
Edition: First
Number of Pages: 192
Language: English
Release Date: 2/1/2007
http://strengths.gallup.com/110440/About-StrengthsFinder-20.aspx
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/StrengthsFinder-2-0-Upgraded-Discover-Strengths/dp/159562015X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1250434821&sr=8-1

Strengths Based Leadership
Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow

Author(s): Tom Rath, Barry Conchie
Publisher: Gallup Press
ISBN-10: 1595620257
Type: Hardcover
Edition: First
Number of Pages: 216
Language: English
Release Date: 1/6/2009
http://strengths.gallup.com/110242/About-Book.aspx
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Strengths-Based-Leadership-Tom-Rath/dp/1595620257#

Highlights of E3A Facilitation Certification

What is Equine Experiential Education

Orientation to the E3A Approach

Safety
Sets the Tone in an E3A event
The Horse Behavior & Herd Culture
Getting to know your Equine Partners
Horse and Human Connection
A Transformative Relationship
Equine Partner and the Facility
The importance of choosing equine partners and facilities
Debriefing
Capturing the arena experience through using the 5 Question Model and scribing
The Role of Powerful Questions
The clients’ transformation lies in the question
E3A Facilitators’ Tool Bag
The importance of having an Open to Outcome mindset as a facilitator
Facilitators’ Communication
Tune into what the client is really saying
Strength Based Coaching Focus
Introduction to the value of using the CliftonStrengths Assessment with clients

E3A Practicum

Level 2

E3A Practicum

Overview

E3A offers their certified Equine-assisted Learning Practitioners the opportunity to become an Advanced Equine-assisted Learning Practitioner in a specialized area of Corporate, Education, or Personal Development and Wellness. 

This Advanced Certification is a ‘competency-based’ certification for those practitioners who have successfully completed the E3A Certified Practitioner Certification. Those seeking the Advanced Practitioner will work with other E3A Certified Practitioners to develop a one-day live training with a client group, including all pre-logistics planning and a post-workshop summary with the client.

Value

Our Advanced practitioners are generally considered to be the leaders in their respective fields.  Many certification programs – whether with horses or without – don’t actually evaluate students on the competencies needed to provide high-quality services in the area of certification.  E3A understands the importance of practitioners having competencies not only with facilitation, but also solid knowledge of horse behavior herd dynamics, how to:  write a proposal, design and execute an EAL workshop, and follow up with clients to provide a holistic experience from start to finish.  When you finish the Advanced Certification Practicum, you’ll be confident in providing your clients with an EAL experience that will exceed their expectations.

Learning Outcomes of the Advanced Certification Practicum

Upon completion, Advanced Certified Practitioners will demonstrate competency in all aspects of conducting a successful EAL workshop including: 

  • Capacity to perform all logistics for conducting a successful EAL one day workshop 
  • Skill in selecting client goal appropriate horse exercises 
  • Ability to select horses for each ground exercise
  • Marketing your workshop 
  • The appropriate use of client assessments
  • Program design 
  • Effective facilitation techniques 
  • Creating client action plans 
  • Writing a comprehensive Workshop Summary Report and program follow-up with your client

The E3A Advanced Certification Practicum course requirements are: 

  • Complete a series of E3A coaching teleconferences with E3A Master Trainers (8+ hours of coaching) along with preparation via online course
  • Secure a client and host facility to conduct the workshop 
  • Provide all facility pre-workshop logistics
  • Select appropriate horses and design activities to meet client objectives
  • Complete a half-day workshop preview for Master Trainers at the host facility the day before the client workshop 
  • Co-facilitate a one-day workshop
  • Complete a Workshop Summary Report to send to client for a follow-up session the day after your workshop
  • Receive feedback and coaching on your workshop from the Master Trainer coaches
  • Design and submit an original horse activity and debriefing questions for sharing with E3A
  • Pass an evaluation based on 47 competency criteria observed while planning and facilitating your workshop 

E3A - Equine Experiential Education

Registration & Cancellation Information

Fully Refundable If Cancelled Due to Covid 19 Directive

 

Cancellation Policy for all on-site workshops:

E3A reserves the right to cancel a training if there are not enough participants and will confirm an event 6 weeks prior to the start date. E3A encourages participants to not purchase plane tickets prior to 6 weeks from the event and confirmation has been given.

All paid registrations are eligible for transfer to another workshop event within a year from original registration. Registration can be transferred from one registrant to another person without penalty or administrative fee.

REGISTRATION PROCESS:

  • MUST BE A MEMBER EXCEPT WHERE INDICATED OPEN TO THE PUBLIC;
  • REGISTER ON-LINE VIA WEBSITE ONLY;
  • EVENT CLOSES SEVERAL DAYS PRIOR TO EACH EVENT;
  • MUST REGISTER TO GET CALL INFO EVEN FOR FREE TELECLASS EVENTS.

CANCELATION POLICIES:

  • FULL REFUND GIVEN 60 DAYS PRIOR TO EVENT: LESS ADMIN FEE $50;
  • PARTIAL REFUND @90% AT 45 DAYS PRIOR TO EVENT: LESS ADMIN FEE $50;
  • NO REFUND AFTER 30 DAYS; OK TO TRANSFER TO ANOTHER EVENT; MUST BE USED WITHIN THE SAME CALENDAR YEAR.