In Summer 2020, we started to offer the Crossfields Institute Level 4 Diploma in Equine Facilitated Learning: the LEAP Methods. We aim to bring professional standards into this emerging and as yet unregulated field and as Crossfields Institute is OFQUAL regulated which provides learners with assurance of the quality of the qualification. 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 3 taught blocks with online teaching over evenings and weekends, with a 6-10 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 us below.