SUNY Cobleskill Announces New Partnership with Sage Colleges for Therapeutic Horsemanship Majors

SUNY Cobleskill is proud to announce a new partnership with The Sage Colleges that provides a pathway for graduates of SUNY Cobleskill’s Therapeutic Horsemanship bachelor degree program to continue to a master’s degree program and professional licensure.

At a time when graduate school admissions are increasingly competitive, the agreement means that qualified SUNY Cobleskill graduates will have guaranteed admission to the Sage Colleges’ Master of Arts in Counseling and Community Psychology program. The program teaches graduates the systems, practices and tools to address mental health and community welfare issues effectively, and provides the education requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor in New York State.

“The opportunity for SUNY Cobleskill students to continue their education at the Sage Colleges allows them to advance their professional knowledge and expertise, which will benefit the entire equine-assisted activities and therapies field,” said Marny Mansfield, Assistant Professor of Animal and Plant Science at SUNY Cobleskill. “The professional skills gained through graduate work will expand employment opportunities and allow students to be leaders in the field.”

SUNY Cobleskill students will be required to maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 in the Bachelor of Technology in Therapeutic Horsemanship program to be admitted to the graduate program at The Sage Colleges. If the requirements are met, the student will not be required to take the Graduate Record Exam for admission.

“The evidence clearly supports the therapeutic usefulness of the human-animal bond on emotional, psychological, and physical well-being for the mutual benefit of both,” said Dr. Gayle Skawennio Morse, Director of Graduate Programs in Psychology at the Sage Colleges. “This articulation is a wonderful opportunity to explore the therapeutic expression of equine therapy in the context of more traditional education and training for mental health counselors.”

SUNY Cobleskill launched the state’s first Therapeutic Horsemanship program in the fall of 2016, joining fewer than a dozen institutions across the country to offer certification by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International as part of the degree program.

Therapeutic Horsemanship uses interaction with horses to help individuals with special needs overcome physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges. Students in the program study a broad range of subjects— from equine science to education and psychology— while working with other students, volunteers, clients, parents, teachers and therapists through partnerships with community organizations. Demand for trained and licensed professionals is on the rise as the practice gains in popularity across the country.