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 are subsidized by PHCP and cost the student $100.
One of these mentorships can be taken at no cost. As and education benefit of membership, PHCP will pay the mentor for a day.
note: New members must pay for one mentorship first before taking advantage of this benefit.
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.
A IS Progress Report will be submitted after the completion of each mentorship, by the student.
With the approval of the 2nd 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 summery 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 leu of a mentorship. After three years a mentorship is required to remain advertised.