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Accredited Practitioner Register ™ (PSA)

The Athena® Herd Foundation established the Accredited Practitioner Register™ to define and promote professional standards that support the delivery of Equine Facilitated Interactions (known as, for example, Equine Assisted and/or Facilitated Learning, Therapy,  Counselling, Psychotherapy, or Hippotherapy – defined here) through independent regulation and the registration of individual practitioners.

The Register is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority in the UK under their accredited registers programme. Accredited Practitioners (PSA) will now be able to display the Accredited Registers Quality Mark; a clear sign that the Register and registrants meet the PSA’s Standards for Accredited Registers.

Accredited Registers give employers and patients, service users and the public confidence that practitioners have signed up to robust professional and ethical codes of practice. 


The objective of the Athena® Herd Foundation Accredited Practitioner Register™ is 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, and;
  • maintain ongoing compliance with these standards by all Accredited Practitioners (PSA).

Accredited Practitioners (PSA) on the Register have:

  • demonstrated that they have all of the above in place;
  • equine health and wellbeing is at the heart of what they do; and
  • submitted and maintain compliance with conditions of registration.

For more information please email [email protected]

The Register accepts applications from practitioners across the Equine Assisted and Facilitated market who are domiciled in the UK. Applications are considered from all qualifications and backgrounds, not just those who have trained with Athena® Herd Foundation.
Alan Clamp
Alan ClampChief Executive Officer, Professional Standards Authority
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““We are very pleased to accredit Athena. Bringing these practitioners into a broad framework of assurance is good for employers and the public and is the best way to promote quality.” (2024).
Professional Standards Authority
Professional Standards AuthorityPress Release - 25th January 2024
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"The Athena Herd Foundation (Athena) is a provider of equine facilitated interactions and a leading training provider for equine practitioners in the UK. It is the first Register accredited by the PSA that involves the direct use of animals to deliver therapeutic and wellbeing services."

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