Equines in Therapy and Learning Programs - Level 4 - Train the Trainer
Or main mission with all our training is to get existing and emerging research out to providers to implement and use. By offering a Train the Trainer module, we invite everyone who has taken our first 3 EiT/L levels to join us in this effort. The skills and knowledge needed to educate is fundamentally different from those needed to facilitate. Levels 1,2, &3 help prepare facilitators. Level 4 is designed to take those who understand the theory and facilitation and guide them on the skills needed to educate others in this field.
The Equines in Therapy and Learning Programs, Level 4 training focuses on how practicing professionals can develop educational experiences for others that are based on the science and research they have learned through the trainings with Mimer Centre. This course involves an overview of materials, how to create and develop teaching materials that cater to a target audience, how to develop materials that remain within the professional scope of practice, how to ensure a focus on equine and human welfare, and how to reach different audiences. The EiT/L Level 4 training also discusses the responsibilities that are expected if the participants chose to work or train under the Mimer Centre name and the types of support that are available if they chose to do so.
EiT/L Level 4 topics:
• Responsibilities associated with working under the Mimer title
• Keep in scope of practice when teaching others – this is different for different people
• Make sure to train and teach about horses as well as practice
• How to find and build networks for support online and locally.
• How to find and build networks for clients online and locally.
• Focus on welfare for both horse and people
• How to implement experiential learning as a trainer vs as a facilitator
• How to structure and turn informative material, facts and practices into education
• Defining the role as an educator/trainer
• Defining teamwork in education/training
• Maintaining physical and emotional safety in training
• How to increase curiosity and the growth potential in your participants/trainees
• Ethics in education, especially pertaining to education with live animals
• How to understand and work with cultural and professional differences
• The role of mentorship, supervision and peer support
• How to teach about all aspects impacting outcome in experiential learning in EIT/L programs (nature, outdoors, environment, the team approach, movement, animals etc)
• Keeping the team updated on emerging and relevant research, developing knowledge, and improving best practices.
• Continuing education for the educational/training team, including education in self-awareness practices, team care, and team development
• Maintaining and growing sustainability as a business
The information listed above is fundamental to level 4. Live trainings will use site resources and feedback from hosts and trainees to tailor the training and information to show the application of principles to individual and site-specific needs.
The days consist of a mix of theoretical seminars and discussions and practical exercises with horses and humans. The practical exercises will include how to enhance your observational skills and how you link what you see with what you know, how you stay aware of your own filters, and how you can use and formulate your observations into equine centered questions directed towards the client(s). As well as how your observational skills are what keeps the equine safe and provide him with a space to grow.
The training is adapted to the participants level of knowledge, the prerequisite being haven taken EiT/L Level 1-3. There will also be a list of suggested reading to do before coming.
This is not a model or step-by-step process, rather it is a way to integrate science and research into existing models or upon which to develop new approaches to equine-assisted therapy and learning programs. We believe in the application of science in all EiT/L programs and work hard to clarify uncertainties and misunderstandings in equine-human interactions and in the field of EiT programs.
The training is equally suitable and beneficial for equine specialists and therapists, you will just leave the training with different levels of deepened knowledge.
If you are interested in the training, a detailed program will be sent to you on request.
The training is held in English.
This training is based on the most recent research pertaining to horse-human interaction, equine cognition, equine welfare and several other fields that contributes to explain the dynamics between horses and humans, as well as knowledge about equines, equine welfare, and wellbeing, with focus on EiT/L programs.