AHA Inc. Approved Level II Treatment Principles

June, 23-26, 2018

This curriculum is the follow up to AHA, Inc. Treatment Principles - Level I, with an emphasis on patient treatment and more advanced equine knowledge necessary for hippotherapy as an equine discipline. Lecture, discussion, collaborative work, and actual patient treatment occur over four days. Subjects include:

  • Recognizing desirable conformation, soundness, and movement qualities of a therapy horse
  • Understanding optimization of the therapy horse for patient treatment and safety principles for therapy horse and environment
  • Identifying and conveying to the horse handler the necessary skills required to provide quality movement when leading, lunging, or long lining the horse in treatment and understanding the need to educate and train staff/volunteers who will be working with the horse
  • Understanding requirements to maintain a safe, effective and successful clinical program including billing, documentation, and clinical evidence for the inclusion of hippotherapy in the treatment plan. 

This curriculum is designed to provide and facilitate a problem solving treatment approach using actual patients currently involved in hippotherapy as a part of his or her physical, occupational, or speech therapy treatment plan. Practical applications of the AHA, Inc. Conceptual Framework, including Dynamic Systems and Motor Learning Principles will be facilitated. Treatments will be recorded and reviewed with discussion and instructor feedback to analyze and further advance the learning experience. 

Registration Information

All attendees will receive a hard copy of AHA, Inc. Level II Treatment Principles Manual. For early registration (on or before May 25, 2018 ) the cost is $800.00 for an AHA, Inc. member and $875.00 for a non-AHA, Inc. member. After May, 25, 2018, the cost is $900.00 for an AHA, Inc. member and $975.00 for a non-AHA, Inc. member. Course fee includes breakfast & lunch, so if you have any special dietary restrictions please indicate on the registration form. During the four day course, you will be on and/or working directly with horses and should have appropriate clothing and footwear (closed-toe, closed-heel shoes). Helmets will be provided. If your weight exceeds 180lbs, you may be excused from the mounted portion of the course.

 Bonnie Cunningham is a licensed Physical Therapist in the states of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. She holds a BS and an MA in Physical Therapy and MA of Public Administration. Bonnie is also a registered member of the  American Hippotherapy Association, Inc ., A PATH Intl. Certified Riding Instructor and is certified as a National Assessor for riders interested in competing in national events and the Paralympics.

Bonnie Cunningham is a licensed Physical Therapist in the states of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. She holds a BS and an MA in Physical Therapy and MA of Public Administration. Bonnie is also a registered member of the American Hippotherapy Association, Inc., A PATH Intl. Certified Riding Instructor and is certified as a National Assessor for riders interested in competing in national events and the Paralympics.

 Claudia Morin, has a Master of Health Education degree in Occupational Therapy with over 40 years of experience including direct service, academic teaching, and consultation. She is in private practice, specializing in the treatment of children with sensory processing disorders. Claudia is president of the Blue Ribbon Riders, Inc., an Equine-Assisted activities and learning program located in Grovetown, GA. She is a PATH, Intl. Certified Riding Instructor and a Hippotherapy Clinical specialist.    

Claudia Morin, has a Master of Health Education degree in Occupational Therapy with over 40 years of experience including direct service, academic teaching, and consultation. She is in private practice, specializing in the treatment of children with sensory processing disorders. Claudia is president of the Blue Ribbon Riders, Inc., an Equine-Assisted activities and learning program located in Grovetown, GA. She is a PATH, Intl. Certified Riding Instructor and a Hippotherapy Clinical specialist. 

 

Course Prerequisite: Successful completion of the AHA, Inc. Level I Treatment Principles Course and a copy of your certificate must be included with your registration. Attendance is limited to licensed OT, PT, or SLP professionals and will not exceed 16 participants.

Continuing Education: A certificate of attendance will be provided. Contact hours total 27. Courses are not preapproved for CEU's unless indicated otherwise.

Cancellation Policy: AHA, Inc. and UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc. reserve the right to adjust course dates, times, and faculty to accommodate unforeseen circumstances including the cancellation of the course due to insufficient registration up to three weeks prior to the scheduled course dates. Notification will only be made to advanced registrants. Neither AHA, Inc. nor UpReach is responsible for any expenses incurred by registrants due to such adjustments. Participation cancellation requests must be made in writing no less than three weeks prior to the course start date to receive a refund, minus the $115.00 administrative fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations received within three weeks prior to the start of the course.

Travel Information: UpReach is located approximately 30 minutes from the Manchester- Boston Regional Airport (MHT) and 60 minutes from Logan International Airport (BOS). Transportation arrangements to and from the facility will need to be made my participants. 

Lodging:

Holiday Inn
2280 Brown Avenue, Manchester NH
1.800.315.2621

TownePlace Suites Manchester
686 Huse Road, Manchester NH
603.641.2288