EXCITING NEWS

After months of reaching out for your feedback, and consulting with you (equine assisted practitioners across Australia and New Zealand) we are proudly announcing our AA-EAP-EAL Membership Levels.

These membership levels have been carefully crafted to be both inclusive and define standards  – two of the factors that you said (in your survey feedback and sub-committee involvement) were most important.

We listened.

A few other things to note –

    • Membership levels will be available from February 2020, with very reasonable rates (you will be surprised!)
    • Early Members will receive special membership benefits , including 5 months extra for free, plus many more !
    • Membership will be available once our AA-EAP-EAL Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice are finalised (your ethics and standards of practice sub-committee as still busy volunteering their time and energy to return a draft document to the Committee before end of November).

AA-EAP-EAL Membership Levels

 

Associate Member

This is a membership level open to everyone who commits to the AA-EAP-EAL Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
It is designed for volunteers, helpers and others who may wish to be involved in the organisation but who are not practising professionally.

Student Member

This is a membership level open to everyone who is currently studying in a model of EAP/EAL/ES who commits to AA-EAP-EAL Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

Certified Practitioner

This membership level is for practitioners. To qualify, a practitioner must meet the following minimum standards:

  1. Completion of an EAL, EFL, EAP, EFP, ES training and certification (documentation required)
  2. Agreement to abide by the AA-EAP-EAL Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice (This agreement is binding and where a breach of the code of ethics and / or standards of practice is suspected or reported an investigation will follow. A negative outcome to this investigation will result in the practitioner’s membership being terminated and documented.)
  3. Agreement to continuing professional development (CPD) of 10 hours per annum (documentation required)
  4. Proof of current professional indemnity and public liability insurance of minimum $10,000,000 (current certificate of insurance required)

Additional Requirement for EAP / EFP Members

EAP and EFP Members must also hold a current registration with a relevant professional body in counselling, psychotherapy, psychology, social work, certified mental health nursing or mental health occupational therapy. This may include registration or membership with ACA, PACFA, APS/APRA, AASW.

Disclaimer

Certified Practitioner Membership does not imply any statement by the Association about the quality of the practitioner’s training or work. They are certified by their training provider, not the Association.

Accredited Practitioner

This membership level requires practitioners to meet the following minimum standards:

  1. Completion of an EAL, EFL, EAP, EFP, ES training and certification and been practising for at least one year. Documentation is required and a log-book of the term of practice must be supplied retroactively and kept current.
  2. Agreement to abide by the AA-EAP-EAL Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice (This agreement is binding and where a breach of the code of ethics and / or standards of practice is suspected or reported an investigation will follow. A negative outcome to this investigation will result in the practitioner’s membership being terminated and documented.)
  3. Undertaking to continuing professional development (CPD) of 10 hours per annum, which includes supervision or mentoring in addition to further training and professional development activities. Log-book documentation is required
  4. Demonstrate minimum horsemanship requirement, evidenced by 2,000 hours of relevant studies, workshop attendance and/ or years of experience in equine studies, horse psychology, herd behaviour, ground-work skills, understanding /reading body language, including stress/relaxation responses, safety with horses, care of horses or skills pertaining to mounted EAP/EAL model. Log-book and documentation is required.
  5. Proof of current professional indemnity and public liability insurance of minimum $10,000,000 (current certificate of insurance required).

Additional Requirement for EAP / EFP Members

EAP and EFP Members must also hold a current registration with a relevant professional body in counselling, psychotherapy, psychology, social work, certified mental health nursing or mental health occupational therapy. This may include registration or membership with ACA, PACFA, APS/APRA, AASW.

Additional Requirement for EAP / EFP Members

EAL/EFL practitioners must also have a formal tertiary-level qualification in a related field. Practitioners must apply with documentation of relevant qualification and clearly demonstrate how their qualification relates to and supports their EAL/ EFL practice with clients.

Accredited Senior Practitioner

Practitioners must satisfy the Accredited Practitioner requirements, plus:

  1. Demonstrating a minimum of 8 years in practice in EAL, EFL or EAP, EFP-specific practice with documentation and a statutory declaration.
  2. Complete a further 250 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) specialising in equine-assisted /facilitated practice in the 8 years since completing certification, which should relate to further training and supervision in EAL/EFL or EAP/EFP or ES. This can include, but is not limited to, advanced training within their certification model, supervision hours, conferences etc. Documentation is required and must demonstrate that the CPD is specific to equine-assisted / facilitated psychotherapy or equine-assisted / facilitated learning theory and practice.

Special Provisions for Existing Practitioners (Grandfather Clause)

In recognition of the fact that the AA-EAP-EAL is a new organisation and many practitioners have been working in the field well before its inception, the organisation will waive some of the above criteria for long-term practitioners. Specifically, EAL, EFL, EAP, EFP practitioners who have been working in the industry for at least 12 years but may have not been trained and certified in an EAP, EFP, EAL, EFL model because their practice predates many of the national training and accreditation bodies but who have made a significant contribution to equine-assisted /facilitated practice in Australia/New Zealand are encouraged to apply and support their case for membership.

Formalities

Successful applicants may state that they are members stipulating their area of practice, with the form of words precisely as follows:

Associate Member
EAL (EFL) Student Member
EAP (EFP) Student Member
ES Student Member
EAL (EFL) Certified Member
EAP (EFP) Certified Member
ES Certified Member
EAL (EFL) Accredited Member
EAP (EFP) Accredited Member
ES Accredited Member
EAL (EFL) Accredited Senior Member
EAP (EFP) Accredited Senior Member

Stipulations for ES

ES Membership is granted for Student, Certified and Accredited Membership Level only when practicing alongside a registered Mental Health practitioner in delivering EAP or EAL services (as stipulated by Eagala Model Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice). For Members accredited under the ES framework, further training would be required in EAL, EFL, EAP, EFL practice before applying for Senior Level Membership.