Prescott College’s pioneering Equine-Assisted Mental Health (EAMH) certification program is a unique opportunity for students pursuing a Master of Science Degree in Counseling to study the rapidly evolving field of partnering with equines in mental health therapy. The EAMH certificate program adds 15 credits of specialized courses to the 60-credit hour online counseling degree and prepares students for licensure or certification in their home states with an added concentration in equine-assisted mental health as a treatment strategy.

The EAMH certificate blends a comprehensive theoretical framework with hands-on experience in equine-assisted/facilitated work under the guidance of internationally renowned practitioners. The 15 credit concentration consists of five courses. Four of these courses each contain a full semester of structured course work, delivered through an e-learning platform, as well as a four-day residential intensive workshop. The fifth course is comprised of supervised clinical work in the field.

Interdisciplinary and comprehensive, the EAMH certificate program provides a breadth of resources, perspectives and faculty support that allows you to discover ways of partnering with horses in the field of mental health that suit you and the populations you want to work with.

Prior equine experience is necessary to be eligible for the EAMH certificate program. Please contact the Admissions office for more information about eligibility requirements.

Professionals with an existing master’s or doctoral degree in a mental health related field seeking similar training, please see information about our Post-Master's Certificate in Equine-assisted Mental Health.

Applicants seeking similar training for the field of education are encouraged to apply to the Equine-assisted Learning concentration through the Masters of Arts program in Education.

*Completion of a graduate-level counseling degree may not lead to licensure in all states/regions. All applicants are strongly encouraged to research licensure requirements in their own states/countries, especially in the following locations: Kentucky, California, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Ohio, and Greenland. Those applicants planning to work for the Department of Veteran's affairs are also encouraged to research employment requirements for military and veteran counselors.

The Prescott College Master of Science in Counseling program issues an annual report each year.  To view our annual report, select a year below. You can also view program statistics

Sample Courses

Course Code Course Credits
MAEA51034 Best Practices in Equine Assisted Mental Health 3
MAEA51033 Group Process and Facilitation for Equine-Assisted Mental Health 3

Application Requirements

  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Completed Application
  • Current resume
  • Official transcripts
  • Personal statement

Career Outcomes

  • Licensed Professional Counselor

Learning Outcomes

  • Professional competence in counseling skills and practice
  • The ability to integrate global and local issues with professional counseling practice
  • An awareness of the need to cultivate respect for cultural differences and similarities and the ability to apply this cultural sensitivity to the counseling profession
  • Identification and development of a personal theoretical knowledge base that promotes an intentional counseling practice
  • The skills to assess, develop, and apply interventions and techniques based on the culture, uniqueness, and needs of each client
  • An awareness and understanding of how to resolve ethical and legal issues in the counseling profession

It doesn't really feel like an online feels like a residential program where we all just live in different places and come together and see each other every now and again."

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Jodi Straker

Jodi Straker