Level 1 Hippotherapy Treatment Principles

AHA, Inc. Approved Course

February 1st- 3rd, 2020

7:30 am – 5:00 pm Saturday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm  Sunday
8:00 am – 3:00 pm Monday

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Registration is limited.

To register, download brochure here and email to McKenna Wood: mwood@theahainc.org

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Early Registration on or before Jan. 11, 2020
AHA, Inc. Member- $875.00
Non AHA, Inc. Member- $975.00

After Jan 11, 2020
AHA, Inc. Member- $950.00
Non AHA, Inc. Member- $1,050.00

All attendees will receive a hard copy of the AHA, Inc. Hippotherapy Treatment Principles – Part 1 course manual. The course fee also includes lunch. During the course you will be on and/or working directly with horses. Please have appropriate clothing/ footwear. Helmets will be provided. If your weight exceeds 300 lbs., you may be excused from the mounted portion of the course. Indicate any special needs on the registration form (i.e. food allergies) and by contacting the AHA, Inc. office prior to submitting your registration form.

Cancellation Policy: AHA, Inc. reserves the right to adjust course dates, times and faculty to accommodate unforeseen circumstances including cancellation of the course due to insufficient registration up to 3 weeks prior to the scheduled start date. Notification will only be made to advanced registrants. Neither AHA, Inc. nor the course location is responsible for any expenses incurred by registrants due to such adjustments.

*If a participant wishes to cancel; Participant cancellation requests must be made in writing no less than 3 weeks prior to the course start date to receive a refund, minus a $100 administrative fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations received within three weeks prior to the start of the course.

Course Prerequisite: Successful completion of the on-line “Intro to Equine Skills” test reviewing equine care and management. Completion of the course prerequisite must be done at least 3 weeks prior to the start of the Hippotherapy Treatment Principles – Part 1 course. AHA, Inc. staff will confirm with that the test has been completed and passed. The cost of the test is included in the course registration. You will be enrolled in the test by AHA, Inc. office staff. It is required that course participants have at minimum 2 years of post graduate experience in the field.

*The curriculum may be utilized only under conditions set forth by AHA, Inc.

Hotel Information:

Hampton Inn
11780 State Road 54, Trinity, FL 33556
Phone: 855-605-0317.
5.2 Miles from Facility, Provides transportation

Residence Inn By Marriott
2101 Northpointe Pkwy, Lutz, FL 33558
Phone: 813-792-8400

Travel Information:

Quantum Leap Farm is located approximately 28 minutes (20.7 miles) from Tampa International Airport, and 38 minutes (26 miles) from St. Petersburg-Clearwater International. Transportation to and from the facility/hotel will need to be arranged by the participants.

This course is an overview of the principles of hippotherapy, designed for therapists (PT, OT, SLP, PTA, COTA, SLPA) interested in utilizing hippotherapy in their practice. The course is equivalent to 4 days total instruction: 1 day of on-line study prior to 3 days of in person instruction. The on-line study consists of foundational information required for an understanding of the principles of hippotherapy.

Learning Outcomes:
• Therapists will be able to define the term hippotherapy, skilled equine movement and identify at least 3 primary principles of hippotherapy.
• Therapists will be able to list and describe at least 5 key considerations in patient evaluation for determining if hippotherapy, skilled equine movement, should be included in a patient’s Plan of Care.
• Therapists will be able to list and describe at least 6 precautions/contraindications that should be considered when deciding on the inclusion of hippotherapy, skilled equine movement into a patient’s plan of care and describe appropriate safety procedures during intervention.
• Therapists will be able to list and describe the 5 primary parameters with respect to matching patient impairment, size and functional limitation and horse size, gait and temperament for optimal and safe incorporation of skilled equine movement into a POC to maximize functional outcomes.
• Therapists will be able to describe the effect of skilled equine movement on at least 3 different patient diagnoses as related to their systems impairment, participation restriction and functional outcomes through participation in a treatment planning practicum.
• Therapists will demonstrate correct documentation in writing treatment and progress notes related to the current use of equine movement in OT, PT and SLP practice.
• Therapists will be able to list 3 examples of how the therapist using skilled equine movement incorporates the AHA Best Practice Guidelines into practice.
• Therapists will be able to cite 3 current research articles applicable to hippotherapy, skilled equine movement.

Karen Gardner, MOT, OTR, HPCS

Karen has a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and is the owner of Silver Lining Therapy, LLC in Texas. She is an AHA Faculty member, Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist (HPCS), PATH-Intl Master Instructor and Driving Instructor. She is an adjunct professor for the OTA Program at Lone Star College. Karen is certified in Natural Lifemanship Trauma Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (TF-EAP) Therapy specialties include sensory integration, aquatic, DIR Floortime and NDT. She presents at local, state and national conferences on a variety of topics within OT, hippotherapy, adaptive riding and horse training. She utilizes a variety if natural horsemanship techniques in her horse training and therapy sessions. Karen is a past President and former Board Member of the American Hippotherapy Association, Inc.

Alexis Lopez, MOT, OTR/L
QLF Director of Operations & Hippotherapy
Cell Phone: 954-592-9192
Email: Alexis@QuantumLeapFarm.org

AHA Representative:
McKenna Wood
Member Services Coordinator
Email: MWood@theahainc.org

Hosted by:
Quantum Leap Farm, Inc.
10401 Woodstock Rd, Odessa FL 33556
Farm Office: 813-920-9250, ext. 208