EAP is the combined use of horses, a licensed therapist, a horse and a horse specialist, working together with the client to address individual psychotherapy treatment goals.  This unique method enables clients to learn about themselves and others by actually participating in activities with horses and then processing their feelings, behaviors and ultimately recognizing patterns.  Our training is unique in that we add the critical component of cultural competency which deepens the understanding between therapist and client.

Professional licensing, empathic and quality delivery of service, equine knowledge and cultural competency standards are the basis of the Healing Horses Clinically Competent Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Certification - CCEAP.  Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), a popular and effective alternative therapy to other forms of psychotherapy, is being practiced by many organizations, however other models do not address the cultural differences of clients.  

It is extremely important in the practice of psychotherapy to be culturally aware and sensitive to the unique needs of each individual, and with EAP, to also understand equine behavior and language.  Healing Horses CCEAP provides training on both of these critical components to enable effective delivery of psychotherapy.  We offer this unique training for both the mental health professional as well as the horse specialist.

In practicing EAP, it is essential to understand the complex horse psychology, behaviors, and social dynamics that will affect the therapeutic process. Many certification programs do not provide ample information regarding this topic and hence, do not provide therapists with adequate equine knowledge to be able to productively work with horses during sessions.

This certification program will provide foundational information regarding equine psychology and behavior, perception, body language, genetic/behavioral issues, trust/distrust, and herd/social structure for both the Mental Health Professional as well as the individual seeking certification as a Horse Specialist.  The certification will also focus not only on what the horse does for us as humans but on how we affect the horse as well.


9 Learning Modules

Modules 1 through 7 - online

Equine Behavior 

The goal of this section is to provide certification candidates  with the foundational knowledge of equine psychology and behavior in order to prepare them to work with horses using a more informed, holistic approach. 

Modules 1 through 7 

  1. Equine learned behavior and learning ability 

  2. Species and breeds - behavioral differences 

  3. Species and breeds behavioral differences

  4. Understanding the basics of genetics

  5. Effects of the environment (urban vs rural environments)

  6. Epigenesis - the interaction of genetic factors with the environment 

  7. Inborn behaviors - the innate and untrained behaviors of horses 

Modules 8 and 9 - 2 days on-site

Training in cultural competency and tolerance. 

Therapeutic recommendations can never substitute for a clinician’s conscientious attempts to understand and become acquainted with the population being served. Everyone who hopes to deliver impactful and culturally relevant services to populations of color must have training in working with the groups they hope to serve.

The two-day on-site training will be delivered by experienced, practicing Connecticut Licensed Clinical Therapists and Psychologists certified in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Veterinarians and Certified Horse Specialists.

 Modules 8 and 9

    8.  Client Communication

    9.  Cultural Competency

During the two day on-site training, all module submissions will be evaluated and Certifications will be awarded upon completion.​

Applicant Requirements: 

  • State issued license to practice psychotherapy - LCSW, LMFT, LPC (counseling, social work, substance abuse counseling, pastoral counseling, etc.) with a minimum of two (2) years of professional service or full time equivalent experience in the field of mental health services.



Goal 1: This certification program will aim to provide a culturally competent comprehensive curriculum and training to educate Mental Health Professionals interested in working in the field of Equine Assisted Therapy and/or Psychotherapy regarding the cultural aspects in the application of Equine Assisted Therapy to Black and Brown participant in the cultural and social aspects of horses in relation to the ethnic cultures and to present professional credibility and develop public confidence and trust.

Goal 2:  This certification program will provide mental health professional foundational and insightful information regarding equine psychology and behavior, perception, body language, genetic/behavioral issues, trust/distrust, herd/social structure, and the unique benefits of working with horses. 


The role of the Equine Specialist is critical to the delivery of the therapy.  An Equine Specialist must be able to partner with the therapist. The Specialists must be able to handle and interpret the horse’s behavior for the primary purpose of safety, suitability, and trust for the client and the equines involved in the therapy. The Equine Specialists must have the experience and ability to work with different horses, in different settings with a calm and even demeanor even unusual circumstances. 

However, much before the session begins the Horse Specialist must know the personalities of the equines selected for therapy sessions and its appropriateness to be used in each session for each client.  More over it is important for the Horse Specialist to understand the environment in which the sessions will take place, i.e a suburban vs urban environment. 

The Modules used to train Mental Health Professionals are the same modules used to reinforce and confirm the experience, training and education that each prospective Horse Specialist must come equipped with.  The training reinforces and sometimes gives a name and clear definitions to an individuals who have had prior experience working around horses or has had prior training and education.

Training Modules:

Module 1: Equine Psychology and Behavior.

Module 2: Equine Perception

Module 3: Equine Body Language

Module 4: Equine Genetic/Behavioral Issues

Module 5: Equine/Human Trust Issues: How and Why They Happen

Module 6: Equine Herd Social Structure

Module 7: Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy

Two-day In-person Training:

1.     Environmental Factors affecting therapy sessions

2.     Cultural Competency

3.     Detecting Equine illnesses

4.     Selecting the appropriate equine for each therapy session


The success of any EAP certification program must rely on the application to be inclusive for all demographics of people, by understanding the client’s ethnicities, culture, and behaviors as well as the skill, experience, and knowledge base of the provider. Many certification programs do not provide culturally competent training to work with various ethnic groups and do not provide mental health professionals ample information regarding this topic and the topic of equine behavior and understanding, skill, knowledge, and application of the therapy, as it relates to the various ethnicities to be able to productively work with any human AND horses during sessions. 

Why is this important?  Although horses do act as “mirrors” and have a positive effect on humans, EAT/EAP success is also based on a relationship with the culturally competent Therapist and Horse Specialist and later then shared by the trust in and by the horse. Horses have a fright and flight instinctive reaction to trauma, stress, unknown situations, and conditions. An example of what can interrupt this instinct is a trust which can expose itself in various ways by cultures and environment behaviors.  


Seven online training modules - $750

Two in person training modules and Certification – $350.00

No membership required

For more information or to register for a session email or call us at (860)293-2914