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Certification Program

EAGALA has a comprehensive training and certification program in the EAGALA Model of equine-assisted psychotherapy and personal development.
Certification and training restructure announced starting 2017! 
The Part 1 and 2 trainings are now being combined into one 5-day Fundamentals of the EAGALA Model Practice training, along with an introductory webinar and online post-training assessment. 
Information links: 

Training Objectives and Agendas:

 The new certification program involves:

  1. Pre-training online webinar  - view the pre-training online webinar by clicking here
  2. Five-day Fundamentals of the EAGALA Model training
  3. Post-training online assessment
  4. Submitting the Professional Development Portfolio

Completion of these requirements leads to the designation of "EAGALA Certified."  Additional training and requirements, including participation in the mentoring program, can be continued to obtain the designation of "EAGALA Advanced Certified."

To obtain EAGALA Advanced Certification:
1) Complete EAGALA Certification
2) Complete Fundamentals of EAGALA Model Practice Trainings Part 1 and Part 2 second times as a returnee
3) Attend one EAGALA Annual Conference
4) Submit an article that is accepted for publication in the EAGALA magazine
5) Complete 150 hours EAGALA client sessions with Mentoring (must be formally signed up with the EAGALA Mentoring Program to start counting the 150 hours
6) Complete Advanced Training 
7) Complete Advanced Certification application (final step)

Once certified:

Starting with the new training structure in 2017, newly EAGALA Certified professionals can access two hours of mentoring for no charge up to two years post-certification. These two hours can be utilized to support your learning in applying the EAGALA Model in your sessions. Additional mentoring is available for a fee. 

More information can be found in the links above.

The EAGALA certification requires a renewal every two years which involves continuing education for ongoing learning and development in the model and discipline. 

EAGALA also has standards, which include standards for the professionals who can practice as the Mental Health professional side of the team, or the Equine Specialist side of the team (read more below), and a Code of Ethics.  To uphold the integrity and reputation of the EAGALA Certification and name, the Ethics Committee has a protocol to address concerns and complaints.

Standards of each team member in EAGALA Model practice

The EAGALA Model requires a co-facilitating team that must include a mental health professional and an equine specialist professional in all sessions.  The following delineates minimum standards that must be met to practice in one of these roles on the team.  The EAGALA training manual, website, and international regions further specify standards that may be specific to various regions.  If a practitioner does not meet the standards of one of these roles, the practitioner may serve as an additional member of the team (i.e. 3-person team).

Mental Health Professional – 

1) Professional needs to have university-level educational training and degree in a mental health field, such as social work, psychology, marriage and family therapy, or others that include mental health as its scope of practice.

2) Professional must stay within his/her scope of practice and follow region, country, or state laws and regulations regarding mental health practice.

3) Professional needs to be under a governing board/body or member of an association that can hold him/her accountable (or under professional supervision by a supervisor that is held accountable by a governing board/association), i.e. a board that can revoke registration, certification, accreditation, or licensure for ethical or scope of practice violations relating to mental health practice. (Note: In the United States, licensure as a mental health professional is required).

Equine Specialist Professional –

1) Professional must have 6,000 hours (equals to approx. 3 years full-time work) experience hands-on work with horses.

2) Professional must have completed at least 100 hours of continuing education in the horse profession.  Some of this education needs to include topics covering:

        a) Ground work experience

        b) Horse psychology knowledge

        c) Ability to read horse body language/nonverbal communication

3)  40 hours of the continuing education listed in #2 must have been completed in the last 2 years.