Academics at Prescott College
Equine-Assisted Mental Health
Graduate and Post-MA Certificate
The leading academic program in its field in North America, the Prescott College Equine-Assisted Mental Health (EAMH) certificate program offers training in the rapidly evolving field of partnering with equines in providing psychotherapy and other mental health services. The EAMH certificate program adds 15 credits of specialized courses to the Master of Science in Counseling degree. Students are prepared for licensure or certification in their home state with additional competency in equine-assisted mental health as a treatment strategy.
The EAMH certificate program blends a comprehensive theoretical framework with hands-on facilitation training in equine-assisted/facilitated work under the guidance of internationally renowned practitioners. The 15 graduate credit concentration consists of five courses. Four of these courses each contain a full semester of 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.
Course work (15 graduate credits)
- Explorations in Equine-Assisted Mental Health
- Equines in the Therapeutic Environment in Equine-Assisted Mental Health
- Individual and Group Facilitation in Equine-Assisted Mental Health
- Best Practices in Equine-Assisted Mental Health
- Equine-Assisted Mental Health Clinical Field Experience (includes 100 hours of supervised client work)
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 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.
Relational Horsemanship at Prescott College
The principles of relational horsemanship are not new, they are fairly universal, and lay the framework for relationships of many kinds, human-to-human, and human to the natural world. Relationships with horses, like those with people, need to be developed, and they take many of the same skills: listening, observing, collaborating, and creating connection. A solid foundation for this relationship is created by understanding horses as a species and engaging in interactions informed by learning theory.
Students in the Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in Equine-assisted Mental Health attend four four-day Residential Intensives at a local equine facility as part of their course work. Students pay a fee per intensive for accommodations, food, and facility use, as well as for care and feeding of the equine herd. The fee can be covered through financial aid.
Each of these Residential Intensives are connected to one of the four core Mental Health (EAMH) courses. The first three Residential Intensives are held at Juniper Well Ranch just outside of Prescott in Skull Valley, AZ. Intensives start @ 2:00 p.m. on the first day and wrap up by noon on the last day. The Best Practice Gathering is a national conference held at different locations each year. If you are travelling by plane allow at least three hours travel between Phoenix Sky Harbor and Juniper Well Ranch. Students stay at the ranch for the Residential Intensive. Room and board and expenses are covered by $550 course fees.
First year EAMH students attend the Explorations and Facilitation intensives in August and January. Second year students attend the Relational Horsemanship and Best Practices intensives in August and April. Graduate Certificate Students can take all four courses in order to complete the program in one year.
- Applied Relational Horsemanship in Equine-Assisted Learning and Mental Health - (second year and certification students)
August 15-18, 2016
- Explorations in Equine-Assisted Learning and Mental Health - (first year students)
August 22- 25, 2016
- Group Process and Facilitation in Equine-Assisted Learning and Mental Health - (first year students)
January 9-12, 2017
- Best Practices Gathering on Equine-Assisted Learning and Mental Health - (second year and cert students, open to the public)
April 3-6, 2017
Post- Master's Certificate in Equine-assisted Mental Health
The Post-Master's certificate in Equine-assisted Mental Health (EAMH) blends a comprehensive theoretical frame with hands-on experience in equine-assisted work under the guidance of internationally renowned practitioners.
This 15 graduate credit, one year low-residency program comprises of four 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 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.
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Limited Residency Master of Science in Counseling
The Prescott College Master of Science in Counseling program offers you an opportunity to discover and develop your own therapeutic qualities while learning theory and building skills for professional practice as either clinical counselors, couple and family therapists, addiction counselors, or school counselors in various capacities of your own choosing. At the heart of the program is a holistic approach to mental health, healing and wellness. This approach emphasizes empowerment of the client and recognizes the client’s experiential awareness as a key element in meaningful change.
The Masters in Counseling Program provides an interdisciplinary, student-centered learning environment that integrates global and local social and professional issues with professional practice while maintaining an emphasis on student academic, professional, and cultural competence.
The 60 semester credit curriculum includes required core courses and supervised clinical experiences needed for all graduates to be prepared for successful, ethical and competent practice as mental health counselors as well as eligibility to pursue licensure in most states. Please see our Annual Report and Vital Statistics Report.
Students must select one of five areas of specialization:
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares graduates to work with clients across a spectrum of mental and emotional disorders, as well as to promote mental health and wellness. Clinical Mental Health Counselors are knowledgeable in the principles and practices of diagnosis, treatment, referral, and prevention, and often work in interdisciplinary teams with other health professionals. An emphasis in Somatic Oriented Counseling is available within this specialization.
- Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling prepares graduates to work with individuals, couples, and families from a family systems perspective. Marriage, Couple and Family Counselors work with clients across a variety of mental and emotional disorders, relationship issues, or communication issues and in a variety of work settings including inpatient facilities, community mental health centers, private practice offices, and social service agencies.
- Rehabilitation Counseling prepares graduates with the knowledge, skills, and practices necessary to address a wide range of disabilities issues in training, and vocational programs, as well as in a more broad mental health counseling context. Rehabilitation counselors partner with individuals with disabilities to assist them in make informed choices, obtain gainful employment, pursue meaningful careers, and live independently.
- Addictions Counseling prepares graduates to work with persons and families affected by alcohol, drugs, gambling, sexual and other addictive disorders (e.g., food-related). This program focuses on models of treatment, prevention, recovery, and relapse prevention of addiction, along with the appropriate application of appropriate interventions.
- School Counseling prepares graduates to work with students ranging from kindergarten through high school. School counselors promote the academic, career, and personal/social development of students through understanding how to design and implement comprehensive school guidance and counseling programs that include time for individual counseling, group counseling, classroom guidance, and family and teacher consultations within the school setting.
Students have the option to enhance their education by choosing from several innovative concentrations. Prescott College shares the distinction of offering these concentrations with a select handful of other programs in the United States: Adventure-based Psychotherapy, Ecotherapy, Equine-Assisted Mental Health, and Expressive Art Therapy.
Graduate Teaching Scholarships are available for students who wish to gain teaching experience and defray the cost of their Master’s program. A complete description and application instructions can be found here.
We have submitted our application for CACREP accreditation, but there is no guarantee in terms of timeline or eventual outcome. More information on CACREP accreditation
Academic Elements-Lim Res MA and MSAcademic Elements-Lim Res MA and MS
All incoming Prescott College students are required to participate in New Student Orientation at the beginning of their first semester. During Orientation, you will receive information and experience activities designed to guide you through your specific program. Orientation is a time during which students and faculty from diverse cultures, different areas of study, and with a variety of expertise can come together to build friendships, exchange ideas, and develop cohorts or informal networks to support you through your distance learning journey. Students typically come away from Orientation inspired, energized and ready for the next phase of independent scholarship.
Limited Residency Master’s students attend colloquia on the Prescott campus during each Fall and Spring semester. Each Prescott Colloquium begins on Friday morning and goes until Sunday or Monday afternoon. During the colloquia, students connect with their cohort, make presentations, and contribute to ongoing dialogue and scholarship among peers and faculty. Colloquia also include workshops that address the nuts and bolts of the limited-residency programs and presentations from internationally known keynote speakers.
Life & Career OutcomesLife & Career Outcomes
- Clinical Psychologist
- Counseling Psychologist
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