The objective of the Register is to:
To become an Accredited Practitioner (PSA), you must:
Application is by application form.
In addition to relevant personal details, we will require various supporting documents, covering your operating policies, relevant qualifications and professional memberships. We recommend that you check out the full requirement and gather the information together before starting the process.
For more information please read our Registration Policy.
The Register also invites applications for Organisational Membership, which includes individual practitioner registrations for those working under the organisation’s governance who meet the Register’s requirements.
Please contact the Register for more information, [email protected].
As an Accredited Practitioner (PSA) you are bound by the requirements of registration laid out in Declaration of Compliance in the application form, which includes:
You must have read and confirmed your commitment to all these as part of your membership application, and on each annual renewal thereof.
In addition to the above, application must include evidence of supporting qualifications, appropriate current insurance, and commitments to continuing professional development and supervision, and to the maintaining up-to-date records of these activities.
Members will be provided their own annual “Accredited Practitioner (PSA)” logo.
Example logos and guidance for use of this logo is covered within the Athena® Herd Foundation Brand Protection Policy and Guidance.
The Register is for practitioners of Equine Facilitated Interactions, although it will recognise other professional practices, therapies and modalities against an individual practitioner’s registration (for example, Counselling or Occupational Therapy). For this recognition practitioners must provide copies of all supporting qualifications, and proof of membership of an appropriate accredited register.
For practitioners offering what are generally referred to adjunctive therapies, for example reiki or homoeopathy, please ensure that in all promotion and communication that your registration is clearly presented as distinct from, and unrelated to, these practices.
If you are providing coaching or other personal/professional development services these should similarly not be promoted as linked to this registration.
For more information on this condition please read our Other Therapies and Practices Policy.
Practitioners who for any reason have lapsed their registration can reapply at any time. The process of reapplication is dependent on the elapsed time and the recency or contemporariness of their professional learning and qualification.
Practitioners who might have been removed from the register can also apply to have their membership restored.
The Register carries out an annual audit of practitioner compliance with the terms of registration. This will be undertaken by random sample, any practitioner selected will need to make available all requested documentation. Find out more about our audit process.
There is an application fee of £75, and an individual membership is £125 per annum.
On receipt of application, we will invoice you the application fee, the Athena® Herd Foundation Terms and Conditions shall apply. Individual membership will be invoiced on satisfactory completion of application.
Membership subscriptions run for one year and are reviewed annually.
Organisational Membership fees are available on request.
Should you be unhappy with, or wish to contest, any decision made in respect of application to the Register then you can raise an appeal in line with our Appeals Policy.
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