Become a certified and registered practitioner in Marianne’s equine-assisted support© and it’s academy!
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If you a) have a professional background in a health related field, education, energy work, or another listed occupation from the complete list (see below), b) have your own horse or have a confirmed opportunity to work out of a facility with a consistent horse or herd, c) have excellent non-judgmental professional communication skills with clients, d) an idea of which population or clientele to whom you would like to offer equine-assisted support©, then you qualify!
You do not need to bring your horse on-site!
This course is divided into 3 parts:
- Theoretical modules in the winter (in-person or zoom)
- Practical modules in late spring/summer (in-person only)
- Completion of case studies and the final certification exam in late fall (email, in-person, and choice of being on zoom for exam)
*Please note that there is a mandatory in-person requirement for the practical part of the course.
The framework for this course is designed for the applicant to work on developing their program idea throughout the learning modules. For this reason, upon registration, you will be required to briefly describe your idea or intention to develop a specific service or program for your chosen population, field of interest, and/or scope of practice. Your application will then be reviewed for approval.
Successful completion of the course automatically enrols you as a registered practitioner with the Canadian Academy of Equine-Assisted Support© for the first year. Fees are included with tuition.
Tuition: $1489, which includes academy registration fees or $1300 if you choose not to register with the academy. A 15% deposit of $223.35 is required upon acceptance to hold your spot. There will be a price increase in 2023, however, there will also be an early bird registration promotional offer. Payment in full will be required before starting the course. Inquire about cancellation and refund policies.
To apply, contact Marianne Disipio directly at email@example.com or 403-828-0242
What sets Marianne’s EAS© program apart from other equine-assisted programs?
*There are many excellent equine-assisted programs and certifications out there! Marianne’s EAS© is now one of them!
1) Only people with a certain professional background can provide EAS© (see list), as a certain skill set and base of knowledge is required. Depending on the applicant’s educational/professional/background, it is also possible to qualify as an EAS© Life Coach, setting you apart.
2) In order to be accepted, you need to have an idea of the clientele or population you would like to work with, as Marianne offers intensive mentorship to help you develop your own program. The course is not a set program per se, it is designed for people to make it their own depending on the service they would like to offer. Marianne is a strong believer of living out your purpose or dharma, and is dedicated to helping participants fulfill this part of their journey! We all have skills, gifts, and passions. This merges all three!
3) EAS© sessions are always divided into 2 parts (will vary if you work with kids). Participants are taught how to combine wellness/life coaching strategies, with activities with the horses, all curated by Marianne through her professional backgrounds (see About Marianne in main menu). We combine horse-assisted interventions with supportive guidance to individuals experiencing a variety of challenging issues in their lives, as well as the introduction of soulful self-care practices for coping with ongoing challenges.
4) There is a strong and unique soulful/spiritual component to the EAS© sessions. This offers the client a beautiful balance between traditional strategies and more personally meaningful applications, which seem to have a stronger effect on bringing about lasting change.
5) To maintain your registration with The Canadian Academy of EAS© , practitioners will be required to meet yearly standard requirements for quality assurance. If you would like more information regarding specific requirements, please contact Marianne directly firstname.lastname@example.org.
EAS© is a private service
You cannot call your service therapy unless for example, you are a practicing registered counselling psychologist, occupational therapist, or physiotherapist, and your program is directly related to providing the therapy that falls under the respective college associated with the profession, under provincial law. In these cases, there may be insurance plans that do cover the service under those professions, however you would have to inquire further.
EAS© on it’s own is a private service, however, it be included in other therapies/services which are private and/or funded.
What you should know before registering
This course is quite specific in it’s values and may not be compatible for some registrants. Please note that Marianne holds absolutely no judgment on others’ value systems, however wishes only to attract compatible people for the program, in order to stay true to the respective teachings in this particular course.
Marianne’s approach is based in the profound belief and core value that all beings, including animals, have evolving purposes, the gift of choice, and equal rights for a respectful existence. It is reflected in the treatment and approach with the horses. (For this reason, it is ideal for those who are vegetarian or vegan, or considering starting some lifestyle changes).
Although equine-assisted support© fits within the category of alternative approaches/interventions, Marianne recognizes and fully respects the role and place of traditional medicine and therapies. It is important that all registrants accept the biopsychosocial approach (which will be covered in more detail in the course) with the future professional intention for it’s application when appropriate.
Only those with a specific educational/professional background will be considered to include life coaching. This will also be dependant on whether or not the registrant wishes to be registered, and the nature of the future program/service they intend on delivering. This will be done through a review by board members.
Other important considerations to examine before registering include having more of a universal sense of spirituality (versus set beliefs tied to a specific religion), a professional non-judgmental approach to dealing with clients, and excellent ability to hold space for others.
Please note that you will be required to submit 3 character references as well.
List of approved occupations:
Must have a diploma, certification, or professional degree in one of the following occupations (current registration and license not necessary):
Therapy aide assistant
Early childhood education
Speech Language Pathologist
Social worker, social services, or social science related
Psychologist or related
Life or Wellness Coach
Midwife or doula
Body Talk Practitioner
If you have a related profession not listed above, and would like to know if you qualify, please contact Marianne directly email@example.com or 403-828-0242
The course will be limited to 4 participants to assure individualized attention.
January 2022– Thursd 6th and 20th from 10:30 am- 2:30 pm (your choice of in-person or zoom)
February 2022– Thursd 3rd and 17th from 10:30 am-2:30 pm (your choice of in-person or zoom)
March 2022– Thursd 3rd and 17th from 10:30 am-2:30 pm (your choice of in-person or zoom)
April 2022 -work done on your own time
May 2022-Thursd May 5th 12:30-2:30 pm (your choice of in-person or zoom)
June 2022– Weekend of June 10th, 11th, 12th (Friday the 3rd: 1-4 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am-3:00 pm) in-person only. Please note that participants from out of town will be required to find their own accommodations.
July, August, September 2022– complete your case studies on your own
October 2022-case studies due on the 15th and examination on the 27th from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm live, closed-books, on zoom
The Canadian Academy of EAS©
The profession of equine-assisted support© now has an academy! Both the profession of equine-assisted support© and the academy were developed by Marianne Disipio, and are copyrighted. This means that Marianne has registered her practice name (EAS) with the government of Canada, and all rights are reserved. Only those who complete the certification can call themselves certified EAS© practitioners, and only those who register with the academy can use the designation of CEASP© Reg. CA. Those who also qualify as a life coach can add CEASLC© Reg. CA (certified equine-assisted support© life coach).
The academy is intended to be a helpful resource for it’s practitioners, and to provide a certain reassurance of unity in quality of service to clients. Joining the academy is optional, however it does allow you to use the designation of CEASP© Reg. CA or CEASLC© Reg. CA, due to the copyright, offering a little more professional standing in the work you do. If you choose not to register with the academy, you can still use the designation of CEASP© (certified equine-assisted support© practitioner), just not the registered part (Reg. CA).
In order to become registered with the academy and use the designation of CEASP© or CEASPLC© Reg. CA, practitioners who have graduated from Marianne’s certification course, are required to follow the guidelines set by the academy and eventually a board consisting of consulting members. This will hopefully be in place by January 2023, when the second certification will be offered.
Registered practitioners will be asked to have insurance to work on the grounds with horses, possibly obtain a license to work on their property (home-based business license), or out of a facility (speak to your facility to see what you would need depending if you would like to work as an independent contractor or as an employee at the facility), meet yearly practice hour requirements, show proof of participating in continuing education, and agree to a simple yearly review/audit. Marianne (and eventually the board of directors) do reserve the right to provide suggestions on how to improve practice guidelines, however there are no legal disciplinary ramifications of not meeting the guidelines other than asking practitioners to make certain helpful improvements before the registration is reissued. Practitioners are all independent, and responsible for their own conduct, and the academy does not involve itself in any legal cases of potential malpractice with clients. It is strictly a guiding support.
The details of academy practice guidelines will be presented at the end of the course in more detail, however, if you would like more info before registering or requesting an application, please contact Marianne directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Canadian Academy of EAS© is a private educational body which plays the role of offering practice guidelines. It is not regulated under the Health Act or any laws. Currently, there are no equine-assisted interventions regulated at this level. The Academy of EAS© is strictly intended as a resource for practitioners. It also adds a certain quality assurance to the practice developed by Marianne Disipio.
Being a registered practitioner gives you the benefit of 1) using the designation of CEASP© Reg. CA (or CEASPLC© Reg. CA) , offering more of a professional status, as well as some assurance of a certain standard of service delivery to clients, 2) accessing a variety of helpful resources offered by Marianne, 3) possibly purchasing insurance at a reduced rate (as insurance companies do prefer that there is a body providing some guidance with practice guidelines), 4) attending continuing education rounds at no cost, and 5) being placed on the CEAS© practitioner registry for your city and province. Again, it is optional to join the academy and not mandatory.
Membership fee: $189/ year (This fee is already included in the certification fee, however if you decide not to join the academy, it will be either de deducted from your tuition or reimbursed to you at the end of the course).
To apply, contact Marianne Disipio directly at email@example.com or 403-828-0242
Canadian registry of equine-assisted support© practitioners (and life coaches)
Calgary and surrounding areas
Marianne Disipio, Equine-assisted support© Life Coach
Scope of practice: supporting moms of children with special needs, social/emotional skills strengthening for children and teens, mental health recreational groups
Other formal training; Occupational Therapy, Wellness Coaching, Reiki, Equine-assisted Healing, and yoga teacher