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Paul Smith, Ph.D. - GraduateFaculty- Director, Centaur Leadership Services

Paul  Smith, Ph.D.

Academic Statement (Return to top)

Paul serves on both undergraduate and graduate faculty for Prescott College and as the Director of the college’s equine program, Centaur Leadership Services. Having worked for over thirty years in the fields of mental health and experiential education with a variety of populations, Paul actively seeks out opportunities to explore, support and facilitate the development of positive human potential. As a leader in the academic training for Equine-Assisted Learning and Equine-Assisted Mental Health, Paul has effectively partnered with other leaders in the field to support what several colleagues appreciatively refer to as a “non-denominational approach” to EAL and EAMH. In addition to his work in Arizona, Paul facilitates education and leadership trainings around the country; working with business and corporate executives, social workers, educators, people living with cancer, veterans struggling with re-integration, and student in the fields of Experiential Education, Leadership, and Equine-Assisted Studies. 



Background & Experience

Education (Return to top)

PhD  Sustainability Education, Prescott College 2012

MA Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, Naropa University 1995

BA Experiential Education and Natural History, Earlham College 1982

Expertise (Return to top)

Dr Smith serves as a content expert and site accreditation reviewer for the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) and as a Lead Accreditation reviewer for the Association for Experiential Education (AEE).

With his unique blended background in Transpersonal Counselling Psychology, Adventure / Wilderness-based, and Equine-Assisted Programing Paul brings a rich and holistic perspective to personal growth and transformtation.

Active in the evolution of the field of Equine-Assisted Learning and Mental Health since 1998, Paul provides coaching and training for programs around the country.

As a facilitator/ trainer Paul has worked with a wide range of community-based, organizational, and coporate groups on inter- and intra-personal skills,  and effective leadership presence


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