NINE REASONS FOR CHOOSING AN EAQ APPROVED CENTRE
1. EAQ has experience of delivering experiential equine assisted and outdoor learning, accredited qualifications and therapeutic interventions for children, young people and adults within a natural environment with animals, including horses.
2. EAQ currently runs 19 equine assisted and outdoor learning centres in 12 different counties in the UK and this is rising all the time. EAQ sets and monitors quality standards within these centres, including the keeping of horses and delivery of sessions.
3. EAQ sets and monitors quality standards for facilitators and assigns the professional designation ‘EAQ Certified Facilitator’ (level 3) and ‘EAQ Advanced Facilitator’ (level 4) to those who have achieved qualifications, met certain quality standards and had a DBS check.
4. EAQ sessions are delivered by a team of qualified facilitators, including counsellors and teachers, who combine their skills of working with people with their love of the natural environment and animals, including horses.
5. EAQ is accredited by OCN London and the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and delivers national qualifications to children, young people and adults. Options include Functional Skills including Maths, English, ICT and employability.
6. EAQ has developed over 100 ‘mini-badges’ which cover all aspects of working with horses from a ‘natural horsemanship’ perspective and are only available through an EAQ Approved Centre. These units are all designed to be covered in an hour or two with simple, measurable outcomes suitable for all ages and abilities.
7. EAQ has a strong person-centred philosophy and uses this as a basis for listening to and meeting learners’ individual needs. Within each session there are opportunities for learners to take part in real experiences in the natural outdoor environment, with horses or other animals. Interacting with the animals provides an opportunity to experience a real situation where habitual thoughts, patterns of behaviour and familiar feelings can rise to the surface.
8. EAQ staff are specially trained to take the lead from the learner and use empathic listening skills to enable verbal and non-verbal reflection on the learner’s experiences. They have a non-judgmental approach and are able to support the learner in recognising their own challenges and finding their own solution to those challenges without judging or criticising the learner’s decisions.
9. EAQ measures intrinsic outcomes, such as self esteem, well-being and self confidence as well as extrinsic outcomes such as completion of national qualifications and school attendance. We can show evidence of the learner’s journey, making it easier to show how much progress has been made over the entire programme.