ESP Practitioners and facilitators are responsible for:

 

  1. Assessing and acquiring appropriate, suitable clients for services provided, within their competency and qualification scope.
  2. Practicing appropriate self-care during and beyond sessions/services, through the ability to monitor self-needs; and may not offer services were influenced by alcohol, narcotics, or are physically / emotionally / psychologically ‘unstable’ – as per professional advice.
  3. Complying with professional development requirements according to their professional qualifications and association memberships.
  4. Complying with de-briefing / supervision requirements according to their professional qualifications and association memberships.
  5. First Aid planning and practice: required to have at least 1 trained/certified First Aid Officer present during services delivered; as well as an appropriate First Aid Kit – within clear view, reach, and knowledge of others.
  6. Obtaining a current, Working with Children/and or Vulnerable People license/and or Police Check (whichever is the current state regulation requirement, where services are being provided) for all practitioners, facilitators, volunteers, etc.
  7. Obtaining current, professional indemnity / public liability insurance policy(s) for modalities practiced and complying with specific insurance requirements.
  8. Providing a suitable ‘Release & Waiver of Liability’ agreement for clients to understand and sign – along with a Medical/Personal Information and Emergency contacts form to complete prior to engaging in service activities.
  9. Being familiar with and adhering to council and OH&S requirements/regulations according to their services and practice.
  10. Being familiar with and adhering to all law-abiding requirements/regulations.
  11. Being familiar with and adhering to mandatory reporting requirements/regulations.
  12. Keeping and maintaining client Information / case-notes in compliance with modality and professional qualification requirements and handling confidentiality ethics.
  13. Adhering to confidentiality and consent ethics, with deep respect and ‘safety’ for all regard.
  14. Seeking consent for publications of images or quotes or context in sessions (and beyond).
  15. Providing and practicing risk management guidelines for accidents, incidents, fire, flood, intense weather, or natural disaster safety and/or emergencies.
  16. Providing appropriate ‘safety with horses / animals / nature & humans’ guidelines for practitioners / facilitators / volunteers and clients.
  17. Ensuring the horse(s) / animal(s) are deemed safe and appropriate for individualised, client interactions, through appropriate assessment, ongoing monitoring, and management.
  18. Ensuring the practice/service delivery environmental setting and equipment used are deemed safe and appropriate for individualised client interactions, through appropriate assessment, ongoing monitoring, and management.
  19. Mindfully representing themselves in social settings (including social media) with respect to their practice/service ethics.

 

ESP Practitioners / Facilitators are encouraged to:

 

  1. Seek regular, collaborative support from colleagues.
  2. Gain ‘up-to-date’ knowledge/training which is trauma-informed and relevant to services provided (at least 2 times per year).
  3. Attend regular supervision/debriefing which is supportive of services provided (at least 4 times per year).
  4. Gain ongoing, appropriate horse/animal/nature knowledge, training, awareness, and safety, which is relevant for services provided (at least 2 times per year).
  5. Gain ongoing, appropriate knowledge/training, which is relevant to any complimentary, professional services provided as part of ESP service delivery (ie Naturopathy, Massage, Energy Healing, etc) (at least 2 times per year and according to professional association/training requirements).
  6. Attend credible, personal development/psychotherapeutic/counseling support for personal/professional self-care (at least 4 times per year).