WHAT IS FBEAP?
Faith Based Equine Assisted Philosophy (FBEAP) offers experiential healing , deliverence, communication, teambuilding, and personal growth experiences to individuals, groups, families and marriage enhancement, corporate team building, by teaching individuals how to follow the leading of the Unseen Facilitator (Holy Spirit). Equine nonverbal communication, herd behavior, and equine development, demonstrate successful interaction as an example for human relations. These movements paralleled with the movements Jesus made while in ministry, create a clear, healthy pattern of thought and action for us to follow.
WHO IS DOING FBEAP?
Individuals certified in FBEAP by are successfully implementing his equine-assisted philosophies worldwide. It is recommended that FBEAP be facilitated by a team consisting of a licensed mental health professional and an experienced horse professional. While it is possible for a licensed therapist with significant horse knowledge to facilitate FBEAP sessions solo, it is not optimal for observation, objectivity, safety, and support. The “team approach” is also recommended in the practice of FBEAP, with at least one of the facilitators being an experienced horse professional. A licensed therapist is not required to facilitate FBEAP. While it is possible for someone with significant horse knowledge to facilitate FBEAP sessions solo, it is not optimal for observation, objectivity, safety, and support.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE CERTIFIED IN FBEAP?
Since giving a name to her exercises and philosophies, Elaine Davis has certified professionals in the fields of FBEAP. Since that time and to this day, other organizations have arisen that have chosen to use the same terminology for certification programs that differ widely in philosophy, programming, and regulation. Absolutely no certification is required to practice FBEAP. Licensed psychotherapists can practice FBEAP (or whatever they may choose to call it) without ever having been certified by an organization that sells certification. Anyone at all can practice FBEAP (or whatever they may choose to call it) without ever having been certified by an organization that sells certification. At a minimum, being certified in FBEAP by the Elaine Davis means that you have participated in formal training includito ng exercises, underlying philosophies, and the use of metaphors in correlating equine and human behavior. You also have the support of a network of practitioners and the Unbridled Faith Farm staff who believe it is beneficial for all of us to help one another prosper in the equine-assisted fields.
WHAT DOES IT COST TO BE CERTIFIED IN FBEAP?
The standard rate for one, three-day certification seminar is $795. The seminar fee includes lunches, snacks, and training materials. Discounts are available for early registration and groups. After being certified, all additional seminars are available at a reduced rate.
MAY I AUDIT OR SIMPLY OBSERVE A SEMINAR FOR A REDUCED PRICE?
Auditing rates are not offered for a couple of reasons: Elaine Davis’ seminars are powerful, and even life-changing, for many participants due to the personal investment the participant gives to the seminar and the other participants. Being present, sharing insights, volunteering for demonstrations, and becoming a team with seminar cohorts creates a sense of familiarity and safety unique to each seminar. She feels that this “emotional safety” would be compromised by allowing less-invested spectators into the experience. She truly believes that the value of the seminars lies in the information that is instructed during the seminar, rather than the certificate that is awarded at the end of the three days. For that reason, it would not be fair to the seminar participants to offer a reduced rate to those who do everything but invest of themselves during the seminar.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES AMONG THE CERTIFYING ORGANIZATIONS?
Elaine Davis founded Unbridled, LLC, Faith Based Equine Assisted Philosophy™,
and The Stable Guide Series™ in 2009.
Greg Kersten founded EAGALA and the O. K. Corral Series.
These dramatically different organizations certify the majority of equine-assisted professionals worldwide.
Cost is one main difference between The O.K. Corral Series and EAGALA: if you are 40 years old and plan to hold a basic certification in EAP until the age of 60, the minimum you would pay the O.K. Corral is $1075. The minimum you would pay EAGALA is $6250 (includes the cost of EAGALA’s required in-house continuing education, based on the EAGALA Website 2006- present). The cost of maintaining an EAGALA certification for twenty years is roughly SIX TIMES that of the O.K. Corral Series. And the O.K. Corral Series offers the only certification instructed and endorsed by the Founder of the field.
Two other differences in these organizations involve the actual practice of EAP and EAL. While the O.K. Corral always recommends a team of two professionals to facilitate equine-assisted work, it does not sanction or expel practitioners who choose to practice alone. Additionally, in 2006, EAGALA chose to prohibit mounted activities in equine-assisted work. True to her vision, Elaine Davis believe in the value of certain mounted exercises and teach them at certification seminars.
As you can see, the main purpose of the Stable Guide Series is to educate professionals. It is our position that it is not ethically sound for the same organization to offer both education and regulation, and to earn money for both aspects.
WHY SHOULD I BE CERTIFIED IN FBEAP?
The Stable Guide Series™ is the only certification program endorsed and taught by the Founder of the field of Faith Based Equine Assisted Philosophy. Rather than learning from Elaine Davis’ former students or their students, you will be educated in Faith Based Equine Assisted Philosophy by the person who is credited for naming the field to describe her work and philosophies.
The Stable Guide Series™ views its certification as a degree, rather than a license that has to be re-earned year after year. After successful completion of one certification seminar, there are no ongoing requirements or moneys to be paid to maintain the knowledge you have already acquired.
All of the exercises and philosophies taught in these seminars are based on and related back to natural horse and herd behavior. After all, this is how the field arose! These seminars teache more than psychotherapy with horses in the background – you learn the value of the horses in the process from Elaine Davis whose expertise and experience with horses will not be lost on you. Concepts like Pressure/Pain, Attention/At Ease, Re-Circle, and the Relationship Zones, to name a few, are based on natural equine behavior and have profound applications to our human lives.
These seminars are the only certifying body that actually encourages professionals to move forward, and even offer seminars in their own specialties. Seminars in “Riding Assisted Philosophy” and Faith Based EAP have been created by Elaine.
DO I HAVE TO BE A THERAPIST TO BE CERTIFIED IN FBEAP?
In a word, no. Professionals who are certified in FBEAP and are able to provide Equine Assisted Learning sessions. In order to offer Faith Baesd Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, one must be a licensed mental health professional. It is common for folks who are not therapists to partner with licensed mental health professionals in their treatment of clients using FBEAP.
ARE THERE ANY PREREQUISITES TO ATTEND A CERTIFICATION SEMINAR?
There are no educational or physical requirements to attending a certification seminar. Seminar participants are invited to participate in the seminar as much as they are able, and arrangements can be made for most everyone to participate.
DO I NEED TO HAVE SPECIAL INSURANCE TO PROVIDE FBEAP?
Whenever you offer Faith Based Equine Assisted services, it is a good idea to have liability insurance. We usually recommend at least $1,000,000 in coverage. This would be in addition to malpractice insurance that should be carried by licensed mental health professionals in the case of FBEAP. These days, liability coverage is easy to find, and ranges from about $80-$200/month for premiums. Typically, the more familiar your insurer is with FBEAP the more reasonable your rates will be.
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT EXERCISES TO DO WITH MY FBEAP CLIENTS?
Another advantage of certification is that you are taught and actually experience several tried and true exercises during your training. Almost any activity in which movement, nonverbal communication, and an overt goal are present tends to produce useful metaphors. Remember not only is an exercise NOT about the overt goal, it’s not even about the exercise. Feel free to experiment on your own, create exercises, observe, and stay out of the way of the process.