LEAP EFP/L Practitioner Training Programme
The first step in training is to come along to a 1-day LEAP Introduction to EFP/L Workshop or Introduction to EFP/L for Working with Young People. Participating on one of these workshops is a pre-requisite to applying to the EFP/L Practitioner Training Programme, and gives an opportunity to experience EFP/L and the model we have developed at LEAP before committing to a longer training.
The LEAP EFP/L Practitioner Training Programme consists of two taught modules of four days each, with a 4-5 month period of independent study, supervision and practice sessions between the two modules. The programme is designed for those who intend to pursue EFP (equine facilitated psychotherapy) or EFL (equine facilitated learning) as a career, or as an addition to their existing practice.
In order train in EFP with LEAP, candidates must hold a mental health qualification or be in the latter stages of a mental health training. The criteria for EFL training is somewhat different in that people can apply from all walks of life, but must demonstrate a wish to work with people in a helping capacity. Both EFP and EFL require some experience in and capacity for working with horses, though opportunites for gaining additional experience are provided alongside the training. No specific qualifications in horsecare or horsemanship are required, though a horsemanship assessment is required as part of the training.
Training groups are kept small in order to facilitate a thorough and personal experience for each trainee.
Key to our approach at LEAP is the concept of a creative, living model that allows each practitioner to adapt and develop the model according to their clients’ needs and their own strengths and talents as a practitioner. It is our experience that if a model is too strictly adhered to (if a model becomes a system), the individual needs of the client can be missed. Alonside teaching the model, we will therefore be focusing on developing each trainee's facilitation skills and exploring what each individual might uniquely bring to the work.
Due to popular demand, we are running a third practitioner training this year as the first two are full. We are now accepting applications for the 2016 LEAP EFP/L Practitioner Training Programme - Groups 1 and 2.
Module 1: May 21st - 24th, 2016
Module 2: September 24th - 27th, 2016
Module 1: June 16th - 19th, 2016
Module 2: October 8th - 11th, 2016
The LEAP EFP/L Practitioner Training Programme will take place at LEAP Stroud, Bournes Green, Gloucestershire.