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Accredited Practitioner Register ™

The Athena® Herd Foundation has established this Accredited Practitioner Register™ to define a set of professional standards to support the delivery of Equine Facilitated Interactions (known as, for example, Equine Assisted and/or Facilitated Learning, Therapy,  Counselling, Psychotherapy, or Hippotherapy – defined here) by improving the regulation and registration of Practitioners through the Athena® Herd Foundation Accredited Practitioner Register™.



The objective of the Athena® Herd Foundation Accredited Practitioner Register™ serves to:

    • create and maintain professional ethics and standards that prioritise the health and wellbeing of clients and public and protects them from harm or injury;
    • promote and maintain client confidence and public credibility in the benefits of Equine Facilitated Interactions and the delivery thereof;
    • provide a clear definition of professional standards required to support the delivery of Equine Facilitated Interactions;
    • maintain ongoing compliance with these standards by all Registered Practitioners (PSA).

Registered Practitioners (PSA) on the Athena® Herd Foundation Accredited Practitioner Register™ have

(i) demonstrated that they have all of the above in place;

(ii) equine health and wellbeing is at the heart of what they do; and

(iii) submitted and maintain compliance with all of the Athena Herd Foundation Awarding requirements (for example appropriate insurance policies, contracts, policies and procedures, ongoing professional practice) which have been verified by the same.

For more information please email [email protected]

We have been liaising with the Professional Standards Authority since 2021 to become an accredited register in the UK. Registered Practitioners (PSA) will there after be governed under that regulated framework.
The Accredited Practitioner Register accepts applications from practitioners across the Equine Assisted and Facilitated market. Applications are considered from all qualifications and backgrounds, not just hose who have completed Athena Herd Foundation programmes.
Melanie Venables, Head of Accreditation, Professional Standards Authority said: “We were pleased to conduct a preliminary assessment of Athena Herd’s register against Standard One of the Standards for Accredited Registers. Following this being provisionally met, we have welcomed their application for a full assessment against Standards Two to Eight.” (2022).

Legal Disclaimer: Please note that the Athena® Herd Foundation is not liable for any loss, damages or injuries caused during the access or provision of services provided by Practitioners registered on the Athena® Herd Foundation Accredited Practitioner Register™.  In addition, we advise all service users, clients and members of the public must themselves check the suitability of the services being provided by a registered Practitioner prior to engaging with the same. 

As an accredited register we consider and review complaints about Practitioners raised by service users or clients about the services provided. Where considered appropriate this can lead to the imposition of sanctions by the Register. You can find out more about this process here