Crossfields Institute Level 5 Diploma in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy: the LEAP method

Qualification title

Crossfields Institute Level 5 Diploma in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy: the LEAP method


This qualification is designed for people who already hold a formally recognised mental health qualification and who wish to train in equine assisted psychotherapy. It introduces the LEAP method and guides learners through its application in a variety of mental health contexts. The qualification covers the human and animal welfare aspects of Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP).

Key features

This qualification covers knowledge about the theory of EFP and specifically the LEAP method. It also facilitates the development of a range of skills and capacities including horsemanship skills, self-reflection, using own body as a sensing device and assessment of client needs. It also prepares learners for the practical and safety implications of using horses for therapy and the challenges of working within a different frame, without the containment and structure offered in a room-based environment Ithas the following objectives:

Entry requirements

Learners must be at least 23 years of age.

Guided learning hours


Total qualification time


Study method

Practice based, blended learning and independent study

How long does it take?

1 year part-time recommended. The programme should be completed in a maximum of 2 years following registration.


Portfolio of evidence including written assignments, observations, and reflective journaling

Qualification specification

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Registration fee for Centres from 1st September 2023