Facilitator Training Academy

Connected Horse facilitator training is offered at various barns and therapeutic equine centers throughout the country. The training program offers people interested in this work a unique opportunity to learn about facilitating equine assisted activities for people living with mild cognitive impairment or early stage dementia and their care partners. The curriculum is based on the Connected Horse research conducted in collocation with Stanford University and UC Davis, Alzheimer’s Disease Center and the School of Veterinary Center, Center for Equine Health.

Join us to learn how to become a Connected Horse Facilitator, Lead Facilitator, or Master Trainer. Connected Horse now offers different levels of training as a facilitator. From a basic knowledge of our principles and practices to an in-depth mastery level, our training program can help you build your skills as a Connected Horse facilitator. 


General Information

Requirements

  • 6 hours of online training modules
  • Attend two-day, in-person workshop
  • Commitment to 20 hours of practice work, webinars,  case study review after the workshops and ongoing support and advising sessions. 

Pricing

  • $400, includes attendance at the workshop (both days), access to online training modules, and Connected Horse workbook.
  • $600, includes attendance at the workshop (both days), access to online training modules, and Connected Horse workbook plus 16 PATH CEUs (10 DEs and 6 CRs for ESMHL).
  • Additional fees for certifications depending upon level
  • Accommodations and travel expenses are not included. 

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Three Levels of Facilitator Training

Facilitator

Our facilitator offering provides you with the basics to get started facilitating Connected Horse workshops. You’ll learn the ins-and-outs of becoming a successful facilitator and be ready to participate in any Connected Horse workshop in the facilitator role.

  • 6 hours of online training module
  • Attend an in-person workshop and complete assigned homework assignments and practice (approximately 6 hours) verified by quiz testing and video submissions 
  • Attend at least one Connected Horse coaching call per quarter
  • Attend 6 webinars (approximately 3-6 hours total) on various Connected Horse topics 
  • Complete 1-hour online review mode
  • $100 fee for certification

Lead Facilitator

If you want to further your understanding and hone your development of your Connected Horse facilitation skills so you can start to take the reins on managing workshops, this level is for you. You will learn valuable skills on how to adapt the program to your barn’s specific needs and how to manage the overall direction of facilitation throughout a whole workshop.

  • Up to 14 hours of additional practice
  • Additional coaching (up to 5 hours) 
  • Complete assigned homework assignments and practice (approximately 6 hours) verified by quiz testing and video submissions
  • Actively participate and contribute to at least two Connected Horse coaching calls per quarter
  • Complete online advanced facilitation module (approximately 1 hour)
  • $150 fee for certification

Master Trainer

Ready to share your skills and earn some money as a paid trainer? This level will give you the skills and the confidence you need to help start a Connected Horse program at an approved barn. You will learn valuable coaching skills, what it takes to start the Connected Horse program from the ground-up and develop the knowledge base to be considered a subject matter expert on the Connected Horse program. 

 

  • Complete minimum of 1 year as a lead facilitator 
  • Video verification and observation of at least two workshops
  • Actively lead at least two Connected Horse coaching calls per quarter
  • $200 fee for certification
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