Professional Training: Introduction to Equine & Animal-Assisted Therapy (USD)

$525 USD

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Animal-assisted therapy is a therapeutic intervention that incorporates animals, such as horses, dogs, cats, pigs, and birds, into the treatment plan. It is used to enhance and complement the benefits of traditional therapy. Animals can provide a sense of calm, comfort, or safety and divert attention away from a stressful situation and toward one that provides pleasure. Advocates of animal-assisted therapy say that developing a bond with an animal can help people develop a better sense of self-worth and trust, stabilize their emotions, and improve their communication, self-regulation, and socialization skills.

This experiential and interactive online workshop is your first step in learning about Equine Facilitated Wellness (EFW) and Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT). No prior experience is required, but space is very limited (max 30 participants) to keep the training group small. The course is self-paced within 8 week window and comprises:


  • Safety and risk management in EFW and AAT
  • The human animal bond
  • Body awareness and self awareness (including ways to bring yourself and clients to a more grounded state)
  • Ethics (including from the perspective of the equine/ other animal);
  • Importance of the relationship in EFW and AAT
  • Introduction to a developmental and attachment based approach to EFW and AAT
  • Introduction of a ‘one step removed’ approach utilizing therapeutic stories within EFW and AAT
  • Exploration of other approaches to EFW
  • Role of the equine/ other animal as a sentient being and partner
  • Scope of practice
  • Experiential exercises
  • Mission, Vision, Values and Next Steps for your practice
  • Industry standards, training and certification programs



The Professional Association for Equine Facilitated Wellness (Pro-EFW) recognizes this course as meeting requirements for the

first step (Explorations training) in their national certification program, provided you complete the experiential components with equines and once you complete a short ‘add on’ online module to review the Pro-EFW certification requirements. The cost for this add on module is $50 paid directly to Pro-EFW. For more information:


  • You do NOT need a therapy animal to complete this course, but you will need access to animals (i.e., cats, dogs, horses) for guided experiential activities for you to try with your own equines and/or other animals
  • Theoretical information with links to further resources and research in the EFW and AAT fields
  • Personal journalling exercises to deepen and apply your learning process
  • Instructional information to help you apply the theoretical information to real life situations and to your own practice and needs
  • Videos from the Healing Hooves herd and team for you to watch, introducing and demonstrating experiential activities
  • Therapeutic attachment themed stories featuring the animals of Healing Hooves, with support to use these within your own practice
  • Online discussion forums for you to ask questions, share your reflections and observations from experiential activities, and interact with your fellow students and facilitators
  • Optional video conferencing meetings to meet your fellow students and facilitators, ask questions and share learnings.



Sue McIntosh, MA, CCC, is the founder and lead counsellor at Healing Hooves, offering attachment based equine and animal assisted counselling, parent support, professional training, mentoring and resources to children, families, adults and professionals since 1999. Sue is a Certified Canadian Counsellor with a Masters Degree in Counselling. She has additional training in AAT, EFW, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), attachment and developmental psychology (with Dr. Gordon Neufeld), and in therapeutic riding and equestrian vaulting. She has a lifetime experience working with horses and is a certified provincial trainer and coach with the Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF).

Over the past 25 years Sue has worked with a number of well established AAT and EFW programs in the US and the UK as well as founding and leading Healing Hooves. Sue is active with North American organizations developing nationally recognized industry standards for training and practicing in this area including Pro-EFW, with whom she is triple certified as a mentor, trainer and practitioner. Sue has presented on the human and animal bond, attachment and child development at numerous conferences across Canada and has been interviewed on local and national radio and television. Sue’s research and articles are used in training initiatives worldwide. Two Episodes of the Canadian Discovery channel series “Healing with Animals” and an episode of the TV show “Wild about Animals” were filmed at Healing Hooves with Sue and her clients. Sue is also a certified parent educator, practitioner and mentor, approved to facilitate parenting and other courses from internationally renowned developmental psychologist Dr Gordon Neufeld.

For more info:

Canadian: $700
US: $525

Course starts January 25, 2021 and must be completed by March 8, 2021

Refunds can be issued up to December 15, 2020 minus a $100 administrative fee




Professional Training: Introduction to Equine & Animal-Assisted Therapy (USD)
Event Dates
Starts Ends
Jan 25, 2021 at 09:00 am Mar 8, 2021 at 09:00 am

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Jan 25, 2021 09:00 am, Mart 08, 2020 05:00 pm


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