Transnational MeetingsTransnational Meetings provide an opportunity for partners to discuss and plan the project.
The members of the Erasmus+ project group are variously equestrians, teachers, strategists and health care professionals (doctors, neuro-psychologists, nurse, physiotherapists, psychotherapist, speech therapist), representing organisations and/or experience covering a broad range of work in this field spanning the last forty years and a longstanding membership of HETI, sharing knowledge and learning from others.
The main objective of the project is to extend and develop the competencies of educators (and those who educate the educators) and to compare Education models offered by others in the field of Equine Facilitated Intervention (EFI). There is currently no European regulation or standardisation in this area. The project work aims to provide transparency, to increase efficacy and to ensure safety as a priority in all existing education and training provision. It is envisaged that transparency will further increase Trans–European employability. The existing lack of standardisation may have a detrimental effect, not only on those training, but also in the area of research and development.
The project partners agreed that knowledge and skills lie at the heart of good practice; it is from these key components that essential competencies are developed.
Competency is then assessed by means of qualification.
Successful delivery of an EFI was viewed as dependent on practitioners having:
- Equine Knowledge and Skills
- Desire to Learn
- Sufficient skills and knowledge to be safe
A key theme of this first transnational meeting focused on safety – both the safety of equines and of practitioners/staff – as a prerequisite for effective EFI. Detailed discussion took place to identify and note what is necessary to ensure the safety and best interests of equines involved in our work, what are the requirements of the human working with the horse to facilitate appropriate intervention for another person and in what form intervention is at work. As a service that is as potentially valuable as ours – that of a variety of EFI – as we partner with equines, we face the scrutiny of many. The standards of practice expected demand the self-awareness and acceptance that lies behind robust and practically applied Best Practice guidelines.
Written by Jennifer Dixon Clegg