The EASEL Coach program is a process training approved by the Finnish Supervisor Association. As a methodology for professionals working in demanding social interactions, EASEL has been spreading and increasing its popularity. A quantitative study (at Unversity of Jyväskylä Department of Psychology) has shown statistically significant rise in the participants’ Emotional Intelligence. This has given a strong foundation for EASEL’s growing popularity.
You as the client know your life best and deserve to get respectful, professional, safe and positive support. EASEL®Facilitators are like Sherpas in the Himalayas; you tell me which mountain you want to climb. My job is to keep you safe on your journey, know the best routes, necessary equipment, and how to read the weather and environment along the way. I share your stories, thoughts and emotions, joys and hardships, to the extent you want to share them, and I celebrate with you your accomplishments. One of the “rules” of EASEL are: you don’t have to answer or share anything you don’t want to but what you do choose to share, please, share honestly. I will tell you if I have a question that I do need you to answer. Those questions are always related to your safety. I know how to run an effective and safe session so that I don’t need to know what the actual topic is. What matters is that you know.
If you choose “the master class of social emotional learning”, working with EASEL® horses or dogs at Savikko, you can trust that they are cared for, trained and worked according to the strictest ethics and professionalism. But most of all they are my family members, four-legged kids, friends and colleagues.
My job is to help you feel safe but also challenge you so that you can access your most creative thinking and learning. We EASEL ®Facilitators call such a “space” Rivendale. We only take visitors to Savikko on appointment. You won’t run into anyone outside our “own people” when at Savikko. With groups you may have several facilitators. They are EASEL-trained and follow the EASEL® Code of Ethics.
EASEL® combines the key elements of several evidence-based methods, because no one single profession, framework or methodology has all the answers. Each EASEL®Facilitator integrates the methodology into own context of professional client work, theoretical framework and other methods he or she uses. Consequently, each facilitator creates something unique but which is also identifiable as EASEL® from the facilitation principles and emphasis, processes, tools and experiential activities. EASEL®Facilitator can any moment tell you why she/he is choosing that particular activity or tool and facilitation style.
EASEL ® pays attention to the psychological and physical environment of sessions. Research on various aspects of change, motivation, stress reduction, creativity, learning etc. has resulted in a pretty clear list of things that can be used to support the process. We think it would be quite silly not to use them.
EASEL ® is specifically designed to allow for individualized and personalized facilitation also in group sessions.
In case of animal assisted activities, your EASEL®Facilitator will have in his/her certificate a sentence specifying that s/he has been tested and proven to be able to safely and professionally work with dog or horse co-facilitators. The test is not easy and the dogs and horses need to be cared for and trained according to EASEL principles. One of the main differences compared to other animal training methodologies is that our learning theory is social constructivism. Everything is based on me-you-relationships, not me-it operant conditioning. Social herd animals learn in the herd from each other and EASEL®Facilitator needs to have earned the leadership position in his/her herd or pack. This is in line with the current scientific knowledge and also we don’t see how modeling to clients me-it relationships would be educational or therapeutic. Consequently, we strive to model to clients what relationships look and feel like when they are based on mutual respect, trust, and affection. The EASEL process is: showing mutual respect – developing communication – building mutual trust – enjoying care – investigating the surroundings together – free play – earned leadership that has room for suggestions and taking turns in deciding. The main job of a true leader is to know better and therefore be best equipped to keep others safe, not domination.
True leaders are chosen and relied on, dominant ones are challenged. The same applies to humans, horses and dogs.
Standards and Code of Ethics
Based on the Standards and Ethics of Finnish Supervisors’ Association, IFTA, Path, EPONA and EAGALA, and modified as needed to keep in alignment with national and international developments in the fields of EAL/EFL/EEL and therapy
All authorized EASEL® methodology training programs in Finland and abroad are organized by EASEL Training oy and have a certified EASEL®Trainer as the chief educator. EASEL Training may collaborate with local organizers but the training staff is provided by EASEL Training.
EASEL®Facilitator, EASEL®Coach, and EASEL®Trainer are titles for persons certified by Oy Cavesson Ltd or EASEL Training oy in the use of EASEL® methodology as part of own professional work.
The certified people have been tested on integrating EASEL®’s theoretical framework, process descriptions, experiential activities, psychoeducational tools and facilitation principles into own professional framework and principles of working with own clients. Those certified to also work with dogs or horses in EASEL® have been tested in their animal handling skills, relationship with own horse and/or dog and the level of specific EASEL® training of the animal. The facilitators themselves are responsible for maintaining the highest standards of own work quality, ethics and professional integrity already during the training.
Certified EASEL®Facilitators may use EASEL® only in working with clients he or she is by other education credentialed (licensed, certified, etc.) to legally and independently offer services to. Alternatively, the participant can team up with a suitable professional. Facilitators maintain active membership in national / international professional organization(s) of own field(s).
To guarantee quality of own services, facilitators will regularly evaluate own professional strengths and limitations, and actively participate in continuing education and work counseling / supervision by a cert. supervisor preferably personally familiar with EASEL®.
Marketting One's Services
Facilitators are responsible for marketing their services and using animal assisted activities only within limits of own competence and after having passed EASEL® Facilitator’s test with own dog and/or horse. It is the responsibility of the Facilitator to provide clients the necessary documentation of licensure and insurance, to comply with their country laws, procedures and protocols of own professions, and ethics and standards set by relevant organizations.
Working With Animals
Facilitator is professional in handling the animals he or she works with. Facilitators are responsible for ensuring that all personnel and volunteers offering with Facilitators dog or equine assisted activities are assessed for their ability to work with the dogs and horses and that particular client population, oriented to the program offered, oriented to the needs of the specific clients with whom they assist and involved in a post-session processing.
Facilitators strive to promote and model through own example Ethical Horsemanship and Dog training.
Facilitators agree to share information and experiences to support each other and benefit the field at large. The Facilitators treat other professionals with respect. Facilitators represent their entire international field of colleagues, and are committed to advance and model the high standards of EASEL training programs and the ethical treatment of other people and animals, at work and in their private lives.
Facilitators look after the physical, mental and emotional well-being and and safety of their clients and possible animal partners. Those certified to also work with dogs or horses in EASEL® have been tested in their animal handling skills, relationship with own horse and/or dog and the level of specific EASEL® training of the animal.
EASEL Facilitator's Code of Ethics
General codes in Equine Assisted Learning and Therapy
As written in 2005 as EFMHA (Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association, part of Narha currently called Path International) code of ethics with Mari Louhi-Lehtiö serving as a consultant to the Ethics Committee. May vary a little depending on the organization and their emphasis.
The guidelines expressed in the Code are not to be considered all-inclusive of situations that could evolve under a specific principle and are designed to be additive to such other professional codes as may be applicable (such as: psychology, social work, nursing, etc.).
Further, this Code is meant to be complementary to other documents.
The Facilitator respects the rights and dignity of all individuals (human and animal) and promotes well-being for all involved.
1.1 The Facilitator is guided by consideration for the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health of all concerned.
1.2 The Facilitator accurately represents their level of expertise, experience, education,
and actual practice. The Facilitator accurately represents to the participant(s) possible benefits, potential outcomes, expected activities, risks and limitations.
1.3 The Facilitator serves individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, creed, national origin, or sexual orientation.
1.4 The Facilitator respects the participant’s right to privacy and discloses information only where appropriate, with a valid written consent from the participant or in response to a legal mandate and is in compliance with other regulations where appropriate.
1.5 The Facilitator avoids dual or multiple relationships (facilitator and e.g. friend / employer / lover) with participants or former participants if there is a risk of exploitation or potential harm to the participant. In situations where dual relationships are unavoidable, the Facilitator is responsible for setting clear, appropriate, and sensitive boundaries.
1.6 The Facilitator assesses the clinical advisability and/or appropriateness of physical touch or a hug, in order to avoid misinterpretation and minimize the possibility of psychological harm.
The Facilitator accepts responsibility for the exercise of sound judgment and professional
2.1 The Facilitator engages in best practices of their field in all phases of their work with individuals.
2.2 The Facilitator offers services within the scope of their practice, competence, education, training, and expertise.
2.3 The Facilitator is responsible for continued personal growth, continuing relevant education and professional skill development.
2.4 The Facilitator agrees to address own personal problems, psychosocial distress, legal problems, substance abuse or mental health difficulties which may interfere with their professional judgment or performance. The Facilitator agrees to immediately seek consultation and take appropriate remedial action should their judgment or performance become impaired and refrain from facilitation work especially with horses until facilitation can be safely and professionally continued.
2.5 The Facilitator demonstrates openness to, and respect for, other colleagues and professionals.
The Facilitator acknowledges and responds to the necessity of responsible care for
their equine colleagues, recognizing the unique character, psychology, physiology, desires and needs of the equine co-facilitator.
3.1 The Facilitator utilizes language which reflects a collegial relationship.
3.2 The Facilitator designs safe, mutually beneficial human and horse interactions. The Facilitator avoids intentionally harassing, intimidating, frightening, or confusing the horse.
3.3 The Facilitator is aware that every interaction with the horse is teaching also the animal something, whether purposeful or incidental and that this serendipitous learning is taking place in all observers of the interaction, both human and horse. Consequently, the Facilitator models appropriate interaction.
3.4 The Facilitator demonstrates the highest level of animal care, understanding
and responding to the horse’s needs for socialization, play, turnout, time off, and retirement.
3.5 The Facilitator assesses and addresses the need to include other professionals to provide medical, safety, and other support for the horses.
The Facilitator demonstrates responsibility for contributing to the broader knowledge base
of the profession through teaching, supervision, consultation, mentoring, conducting and/or supporting research, and publishing, or otherwise contributing to the development of the profession.
4.1 The Facilitator engages in providing and receiving individual or peer supervision, and/or staffing consultation.
4.2 The Facilitator engages in an annual meeting with colleagues to formally review their compliance with this code in proactive fashion.
4.3 The Facilitator presents this ethical code to all human personnel, outlines their collective obligation to support it, and addresses any questions or concerns pertaining to it.
The Facilitator honors all professional and volunteer commitments.
5.1 The Facilitator negotiates and clarifies the fee structure and payment policy prior to the initiation of service, and charges only for services rendered.
5.2 The Facilitator accurately describes services provided with legally recognized terminology, consistent with their credentials.
5.3 The Facilitator follows all standards and codes of conduct of own profession, and maintains relevant licenses, insurances and memberships necessary for own professional work at the highest standard.
The Facilitator abides by the Standards and Guidelines of own profession, and Local Laws.
The Facilitator recognizes the need to support this Code for the protection of participants,
horses, the public, and the profession from unethical, incompetent, or illegal practice.
7.1 The Facilitator takes active steps to ensure that the work environment and culture in which
horses reside and services are taking place is compliant and congruent with this ethics code.
7.2 The Facilitator accepts the responsibility to discuss the suspect unethical behavior directly with the parties involved and, if that fails, to take appropriate actions.
7.3 The Facilitator’s failure to report a clear violation of this code by another Facilitator constitutes a violation of this ethical principle.
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True leaders are chosen and relied on, dominant ones are challenged. The same applies to humans, horses and dogs.
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EASEL®, is a method for increasing well-being and success at work and in private life through strengthening Social Emotional Skills. EASEL® benefits any work with people and should be in every interaction as a parent.
EASEL®Facilitator training program is for everyone who works with people and wants to become better at it. Our target groups are professionals whose job is to lead, teach, motivate, coach, support, counsel, serve or heal others.
If you want to be well and successful both at work and in your personal life, EASEL® helps you re-calibrate your Social Emotional Skills to better match the demands of your work and today’s world. EASEL®Facilitator training program also adds to your professional toolbox an effective facilitation methodology for experiential social emotional learning or therapy (depending on your background education)
EASEL Training’s mission is to help you stay happy, balanced, successful and creative in both your personal and professional life through helping you strengthen your Emotional Competence.
In our vision, social emotional skills are consistently strengthened as part of all education and training, personal development, and professional continuing education. Children’s social emotional skills and all-round well-being depend on the social emotional skills and balance of the adults around them.
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