Deepen Your Learning, Advance Your Skills, Grow and Explore — Together

Join Leif Hallberg’s Master Class for Allied Health Professionals – A not-to-be missed opportunity to study, learn, and grow with one of the leading experts in the equine-assisted mental health (EAMH) and equine-assisted learning (EAL) industry.

The concept of a Master Class is about dedication to raising the bar, investing in your own personal and professional growth, and doing it together – in community. You don’t need to be an expert, or bring years of experience. Rather, Master Class participants are committed to the process of learning – and seek to share a challenging, rewarding, and safe personal and professional growth experience with other like-minded and passionate individuals.

This is an invitation to engage with others on a journey of self-exploration and professional development uniquely crafted for those interested in including horses in the allied health professions. This course focuses specifically on including horses in occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and mental health therapy; although other health professionals can benefit from this course as well.

Leif tailors the Master Class curriculum and learning activities to the needs and goals of each participant. What is especially unique to Leif’s approach is that it is not about teaching others a specific model or manualized series of activities that they are expected to follow. Instead, Leif works directly with each student to develop their own distinctive offering – one that fits their personalities,  professional orientations, and clientele. Master Class students gain the benefit of Leif’s years of experience and expertise, as she helps guide them through the design of a model that is all their own — unique and personal to each student.

If you like the sound of this, come join us as we integrate sound clinical skills with self-awareness training, mindfulness practices, and equine knowledge — all the while deepening our connections to self, others, and the natural world.

What’s Included?

This class combines four key core components which are delivered over a 9-month period using a combination of learning platforms including a virtual classroom, monthly video calls, and in-person intensives.

Learning Modules

This Master Class is a practice in self-directed learning that is guided and supported by the learning modules created around content from any of these areas:

  • Theoretical foundations of EAMH/EAL including understanding the differences between EAMH and EAL and their applications
  • Self as provider – Exploring personal and professional competencies
  • Clinical intentionality and treatment planning to include EAMH/EAL
  • Session planning and activity design as it relates to treatment plan goals and various conditions such as ADHD, ASD, trauma, attachment disorder, depression, anxiety, addictions, abuse, neglect, and others
  • Use of different techniques to promote self-awareness, interoception, self-regulation, and social/relationship skills
  • Business acumen – writing business plans, developing a budget, creating services, attracting clients, and RUNNING A BUSINESS
  • Referral and collaboration strategies
  • Equine ethology and applied equitation science principles
  • Horse as a therapeutic presence – and the ethics of appropriating animals for human wellbeing
  • Practice ethics, standards, safety

Each learning module includes an overview of the content, learning objectives, reading materials, and written and hands-on assignments. Students will be asked to complete assignments based upon the schedule and deadlines, turning work into Leif for review before posting for peer review and feedback. Some assignments involve small group work, while others are completed individually.

Facebook Group & Peer Support/Feedback

Throughout the Master Class you will be asked to engage in productive, constructive, and supportive group dialog using the Master Class Facebook page. Learning together in community is one of the most important facets of this Master Class group. The Master Class Facebook group is where Leif will post the learning modules as well as other topics for discussion. The expectation is that all Master Class participants will contribute to group discussions at least once per week throughout Master Class, and will respond to both other group members posts as well as Leif’s assignments or posts. Participants will also use this Facebook group to ask questions and report progress related to learning assignments and hands-on activities.

Monthly Group Coaching Calls

The Master Class group gathers once per month via video call for live coaching and peer support. During these calls, you will have the chance to present cases for consultation, work through the design of treatment or learning plans and activities for specific clients or students, ask horse-related questions, talk through ethics questions, and discuss business or personal challenges and successes.

In-Person Intensives

There are three in-person intensive experiences throughout the Master Class. These experiences allow students to come together to learn and share, and advance their skills and knowledge. Students are expected to present material they are working on, facilitate sessions for their fellow students, and engage  in their own self-growth work. Master Class students are instrumental in the design of these in-person intensives, ensuring the location, timing, and content supports the group’s learning journey.

Who Should Attend?

This group is open to all, regardless of model or approach, and supports the variety of training programs available by enhancing provider competency and offering participants a broad and inclusive view of the industry.

However, this specific Master Class is focused on how Allied Health Professionals can include horses in mental health and learning.


The most important feature of a Master Class participant is commitment – to your own learning and growth, to the group process, and to the betterment of this industry as a whole. Contributions from all group members form the rich tapestry that makes this an exceptional and life-changing journey — therefore 100% participation is required.


The 2019/2020 Master Class for Allied Health Professionals is slated to kick off November 2019 and run through July 2020. These dates are based upon enrollment as the group enters as a cohort and moves through the content together.

Enrollment & Application Process

Only twelve spots are available in this Master Class, and these will fill quickly. If you are interested,  contact Leif Hallberg to learn about costs, the application process, logistics, and other details.