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Crossfields Institutes Level 4 Diploma in Equine Facilitated Learning: the LEAP Method

We created this in collaboration with Crossfields Institute, to bring professional standards into an emerging and as yet unregulated field. The qualification emphasises the development of professionalism, self-management, authenticity and safe practice.

The qualification promotes excellence in the field of EFL and consists of guided learning (taught Modules) and also independent study, total qualification time 370 hours.

Consists of 8 taught modules over split across online and face to face learning, with a 8-10 month period of independent study, assignments, observational assessment, presentations, supervised practice, mentoring and independent learning between the blocks. The programme is designed for those who intend to pursue EFL (equine facilitated learning) as a career.

Applicants for EFL training with LEAP come from all walks of life and must demonstrate a wish to work with people in a helping capacity. EFL requires experience in and capacity for working with horses, although opportunities for gaining additional experience are provided alongside the training where needed. No specific qualifications in horse-care or horsemanship are required, although 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 an embodied 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. Alongside teaching the model, we focus on developing each trainee’s facilitation skills and exploring what each individual might uniquely bring to the work.

If you would like further information on training with LEAP, to receive an application and a brochure, please contact us on 0776 0776 500 or email info@leapequine.com

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Social Distancing regulations we have had to make some changes to the way we deliver the couse this year. Working with our accrediting body Crossfields Institute we have transitioned a purely experiential training programme to include some remote learning for taught theoretical modules, assessment and professional discussions which doesn’t remove from the learning experience and allows the practical experiential aspect to continue outdoors with safety measures in place.

Course Start Date: 6th June (onboarding online) with first face to face taught block to commence 17th June 2021

Venue: Warfield, Reading

Please email the office for  brochure which details dates for in person and online training.

2021 Dates
Warfield Sunday 6 June - Friday 17 December Available