Step 4 – Independent Study
Students who have passed their final beginning mentorship will need to pass a written exam before entering Independent Study.
Students entering IS will be considered Student Practitioners and may be advertised on the PHCP website as such.
During Independent Study students will practice their skills and gain experience working on their own horses and building a clientele. They are encouraged to use the PHCP Chat forum to post photos, and discuss any interesting or challenging cases that they may encounter.
This step should be sufficiently long enough for the student to gain experience in the real world and work on a variety of horses. The suggested Independent Study period will vary widely, depending on the student’s previous experience and progress.
Students are required to do two mentorships during Independent Study. One may be with a mentor they previously worked with and one must be with a mentor they have not worked with before. Students will contact a Mentor and schedule mentorships as needed.
Mentorships cost $175 per day with $75 subsidized by PHCP. Students will pay the remaining $100/day fee directly to the mentor. PHCP will pay for one IS mentorship in full.
note: New members must complete one paid mentorship before receiving this free mentorship benefit.
Some mentors are able to travel to students and work with them on their own client horses. PHCP will pay the mentor’s travel expenses. Students will pay the full $175/day fee to the Mentor. We encourage students to coordinate with one or more other students in their area to plan multiple mentorships. This will stretch our education funds and make the most of the mentor’s travel time. Multiple students is not required however as sometimes it is the isolated student that can really benefit from this.
The first mentorship may take place anytime during Independent Study and the 2nd mentorship should be scheduled when the student feels ready to advance to step 5.
An IS Progress Report should be submitted after the completion of each mentorship, by the student.
With the approval of the second mentor, the student may submit their IS Media Presentation to the Evaluation Committee. This presentation is designed to prepare the student for the Final Media Presentation.
Once the committee is satisfied with the presentation the student will receive a summary of constructive comments and move on to the Step 5 Advanced Mentorships.
Student Practitioners who have passed their IS Media Presentation will be considered Advanced Student Practitioner and will be designated as such on the website.
Important: Student Practitioners and Advanced Student Practitioners who choose to be advertised on the PHCP website, are required to complete one mentorship or submit a media presentation annually to maintain their listing. The media presentation will follow the guidelines for the Independent Study Media Presentation. It will not be judged in a pass/fail capacity, but the student will receive feedback in the form of written comments by Evaluation Committee members. Media Presentations may be submitted for three years in lieu of a mentorship. After three years a mentorship is required to remain advertised.