A PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL) ensures the safety and well-being of the equine participating in equine-facilitated mental health and learning sessions. She/he serves as the equine expert during equine/human interactions. The ESMHL works with mental health or education providers delivering services, incorporating equines in their practice, within the scope of their profession. An ESMHL must be knowledgeable in horsemanship and understands how to collaborate with a mental health therapist and/or educator to best meet the client’s needs and keep the lesson safe. ESMHLs also have a general knowledge of mental health and education processes.
Equine Specialist in Training must commit to working towards receiving their PATH Intl. certification as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. Individuals volunteering for this role will need to be able to commit to a regular schedule (minimum 4 days/month and 4 hours per day).