This course is designed for licensed PT’’s, OTs, SLPs, PTAs, OTAs, and SLPA’s and it is strongly recommended that therapists complete 30 hours incorporating hippotherapy as a treatment tool/strategy prior to taking Level II to most effectively benefit from the treatment sessions conducted during the course. Attending therapists must attend all four days of the course to receive a certificate of attendance.
Pre-requisites: AHA, Inc Level I. Please send copy of certificate with registration
This course is designed for licensed PT’’s, OTs, SLPs, PTAs, OTAs, and SLPAs who have completed the AHA, Inc. Level I course and can:
- Explain how the equine movement affects human systems
- Explain the principles of hippotherapy as a standard therapy tool/strategy
- Recognize possible patient responses to manipulated equine movement
- Describe the selection and use of equipment used for the horse and patient
- Be proficient in doing their patient evaluation under their scope of practice and licensure
- Be able to plan and support their clinical judgment about patient and horse selection and treatment planning specifically incorporating hippotherapy as a therapy tool/strategy
- Understand the importance of horse suitability and movement attributes to the effectiveness of hippotherapy as a therapy tool/strategy
- Explain the use of school figures and movement progressions in treatment to maximize the effects of equine movement as a therapy tool/strategy
- Implement appropriate safety procedures when implementing hippotherapy
- Provide effective leadership of the hippotherapy team
- Describe the unique contributions and potential benefit of manipulated equine movement as a treatment tool/strategy
Part I of this four-day workshop gives therapists equine knowledge and training principles needed to effectively incorporate hippotherapy as s treatment tool/strategy within occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language therapy.
Part II of this four-day workshop presents clinical content/practicums to provide and facilitate a problem-solving treatment approach, using actual patients currently involved in physical, occupational or speech-language therapy that incorporates hippotherapy as a treatment tool/strategy. The Hippotherapy Conceptual Framework will be presented which is based on current theoretical bases underlying physical, occupational and speech-language therapy. Therapists will treat actual patients for two therapy sessions in a trans-disciplinary team format with video tape review and group discussions to further advance the learning experience.
Learning Objective: Occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech-language pathology professionals taking this course will incorporate evidence based practice research, clinical problem solving and critical thinking in a PT, OT, Speech individual or trans/multidisciplinary treatment that includes skilled equine movement as part of a patient’s plan of care (POC).
- Therapists will demonstrate understanding of the Hippotherapy Conceptual Framework (HCF) in clinical problem solving by identifying 5 HCF tenets when implementing skilled equine movement into a patient’s therapy POC.
- Therapists will apply the hippotherapy conceptual framework in the adult and pediatric populations with neurological impairments in various case scenarios and link it to therapy treatment progression and note writing.
- Therapists will demonstrate the ability to educate and communicate with the equine professional as to the equine movement parameters needed when skilled equine movement is integrated into a patient’s therapy POC.
- Therapists will demonstrate the ability to educate, train and communicate with the treatment team working in a therapy treatment session regarding safe practice, treatment quality and confidentiality.
- Therapists will develop and implement a therapy treatment protocol for skilled equine movement, that incorporates horse selection, equipment, and handling; equine movement progression, and integration of hippotherapy to create an adaptive response in the patient’s system to address participation restrictions and functional skills in two comprehensive therapy treatment practicums.
- Therapists will demonstrate effective use of equine movement in two comprehensive therapy treatment sessions to enhance treatment outcomes.
- Therapists will demonstrate the use of appropriate pre- and post – treatment functional outcome measures for therapy patients in two comprehensive treatment practicums.
- Therapists will be able to describe 2 treatment criteria for identifying when hippotherapy, skilled equine movement might no longer be an effective treatment tool/strategy for inclusion in a patient’s POC.
- Therapists will be able to describe professional therapy discipline guidelines for documentation and billing when hippotherapy, skilled equine movement, is included in a patient’s POC.
- Therapists will be able to describe 3 procedures for due diligence of HIPAA compliance in verbal and written communication among team members when hippotherapy, skilled equine movement is included in a patient’s POC.
- Therapists will list and describe 5 ways that the AHA, Inc. Best Practice Guidelines can be demonstrated in the use of hippotherapy, skilled equine movement in clinical practice.
The curriculum may be used only under conditions set by AHA, Inc.
Recorded attendance and completion of the course evaluation form is required prior to receipt of the course certificate of completion.
Faculty for this course:
- Joann Benjamin, PT, HPCS email: email@example.com
- Meredith Bazaar, MS, CCC, SLP, HPCS email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ruth Dismuke-Blakely, MS, CCC, SLP, HPCS email: email@example.com
- Mary Helene Chaplin, PT, HPCS email:firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bonnie Cunningham, PT, HPCS email: email@example.com
- Karen Gardner , MOT, OTR, HPCS email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lori Garone, MS, PT, HPCS email: email@example.com
- Lisa Harris, PT, HPCS email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Carol Huegel, PT, HPCS email: email@example.com
- Pippa Hodge, BSR, SCSP, MCPA, HPCS ( Canada ) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Leslie Lautenschlager, OTR/L, HPCS email: email@example.com
- Gina Taylor, MS, OT, HPCS email: firstname.lastname@example.org