What is EAP?

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) can be broadly defined as psychotherapy, counselling, mental health and psychological services for clients that include horses as part of the assessment, treatment and therapeutic process. EAP is a unique and effective treatment modality which shows promising indications in terms of clinical efficacy but is still in the emergent stage of broad endorsement and acceptance. It is the mission of AA-EAP-EAL to promote research into EAP and thereby promote EAP as an effective and valid clinical modality.

Which Practitioners are included in EAP?

EAP, as defined in the context of our association, includes Australian and New Zealand practitioners who are trained, certified, and self-identified as Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, Equine Assisted Counselling, Equine Assisted Therapy and Equine Assisted Mental Health practitioners.

Who are EAP Practitioners?

EAP Practitioners are Registered Allied Health and Medical Professionals. EAP practitioners are registered and accredited Australian and / or New Zealand Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, credentialed Mental Health Nurses, Mental Health Occupational Therapists, Psychiatrists and General Practitioners. Primary interventions and services include Counselling, Psychotherapy, Psychology, Psychological and Psycho-Social assessment, intervention and treatment.

EAP practitioners may have varying levels of formal education, from Diplomas, to Masters and PhDs. EAP practitioners will also vary in their life experience and practice, therapeutic or clinical experience post qualification, in addition to their training, certification in an EAP model or training pathway. This will be reflected in practitioners AA-EAP-EAL Level of Accreditation and Membership.

Clients, consumers and the community are encouraged to ask their EAP practitioner about their relevant education and qualification, life experience, training and certification in EAP, to ensure the service is a best fit for clients or consumers.