The ROOTS Institute: an overview
The ROOTS Institute represents a next-generation approach to Animal Assisted Facilitation education and professional certification, providing a scientifically and ethically sound paradigm shift in the understanding and teaching of Animal/Equine Assisted Self Development, Animal/Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, and nonhuman animal well-being and welfare advocacy.
By studying inter-species relationship through a Trans-species Psychology lens integrating psychology, ethology, ecology, and neuroscience, students will be prepared to facilitate exceptionally effective programs that are equally beneficial to all beings involved. That is what distinguishes the ROOTS Institute from other programs. No other Animal/Equine Assisted Facilitiation Education model is designed for the mutual benefit of both human beings and nonhuman animals. We believe that this is not only an ethical imperative, but a practical one as well, as it adds layers of beneficial, empathic understanding.
Depending on the learning track chosen, training can include field time observing non-domesticated social animals (including free-living horses), on-site instructional and experiential modules, distance learning, and one-to-one student mentoring and supervision.
Program instruction alternates between the U.S. East Coast, U.S. West Coast, and Great Britain (England).
The field of interspecies social-emotional learning is dynamic and rapidly developing. ROOTS Institute Faculty is committed to staying abreast of the most current science affecting our field as well as participating in future research projects. ROOTS advocates and certificate holders become an integral part of a professional network supported through continuing education, supervision, and education conferences to stay current with the latest science affecting our field. Students completing certification programs will have a variety of continuing education opportunities.
ROOTS Institute training tracks include:
- Animal/Equine Assisted Self Development & Psychotherapy Facilitator Certification
- Auditable Modules for Non ROOTS Students
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