What is EAL?
Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) includes horses in the practice of experiential learning such as psycho-social learning, social-emotional education, life coaching, personal development, executive coaching, and professional / organisational development services such as leadership and team building.
EAL is a unique and effective experiential learning and education-based modality. It is still in the emergent stages of becoming professionally-regarded as a legitimate approach to learning, education and coaching.
It is the mission or AA-EAP-EAL to promote research into EAL, and to promote EAL as an effective and valid experiential learning, education and personal development modality.
Which Practitioners are included in EAL?
EAL, as defined in the context of this association, includes Australian and New Zealand practitioners who practice one of the following – Equine Assisted Learning, Equine Facilitated Learning, Equine Experiential Learning, Equine Facilitated Learning & Coaching, or Equine Guided Education.
Who are EAL Practitioners?
EAL Practitioners can include un-registered practitioners and registered professionals
Equine Assisted Learning practitioners can include un-registered horse people, accredited riding coaches/instructors, teachers, life/executives coaches, youth workers, community development workers, and organisational development consultants. They have a diverse range of formal education, from secondary education, TAFE and AQF education (including Certificate II, III, IV and Diploma level education) through to Bachelor, Masters and PhD level education. This will be reflected in practitioners AA-EAP-EAL Level of Accreditation and Membership.
Clients, consumers and the community are encouraged to ask their EAL practitioner about their relevant education, practice experience, training and certification in EAL to ensure the service is a best fit for clients or consumers.