Prescott College’s pioneering Equine-Assisted Mental Health 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. Interdisciplinary and comprehensive, the 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.

This 15 graduate credit, one-year, low-residency program comprises of five courses, each anchored by a residential intensive workshop. The program also includes a field experience, where acquired knowledge and skills are synthesized and applied by working under supervision in the field. The Post-Master’s Certificate is designed for students who hold a Master’s degree in a field of mental health practice (such as counseling, social work, clinical psychology or adventure-based therapy), and who wish to include horses in their practice.

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

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Arizona residents
The Master of Science in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health: meets the requirements for professional licensure in the state of Arizona.

Out-of-State Residents
The Master of Science in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health degree and Post-Master’s Certificates offered by Prescott College are designed to lead to professional licensure as outlined by individual state boards of mental health counseling, art therapy, equine-assisted mental health, adventure-based psychotherapy, and ecotherapy. Before enrolling in a licensure program at Prescott College, students should consult the rules and regulations regarding counseling or post-master’s certification for their particular state.

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
MAEQ51020 Professional Field Experience in Equine-Assisted Learning 3
Explorations and Foundations in Equine Assisted Mental Health and Learning 3
Equines in Therapeutic and Learning Environments 3

Application Requirements

  • 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 be able 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

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