The purpose of this blended course is to provide the student with basic skills in therapeutic horsemanship, hippotherapy, and equine facilitated mental health activities which include equine facilitated learning and equine facilitative psychotherapy. The online portion of the course is available from April 1 to June 16, 2018 and is asynchronous.
This is a non-credit course. Cost is $199 per student.
EAAT is a blended course consisting of both an online and clinic portion. The clinic will be held on June, 17, 2018 from 11am to 5pm at On Eagles’ Wings Therapeutic Horsemanship (371 Opekiska Ridge Rd., Fairmont, WV 26554). Participants will have to sign a release form for the clinic day at the farm. Lunch will be provided the day of the on-site clinic.
Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants can earn 2.5 continuing education units (CEUs) or 25 contact hours with this course. Occupational Therapists can earn 24 contact hours with this course.
“Since the age of four, I have been in love with horses. As a first year in the Speech Pathology master's program, I never in my wildest dreams expected to find a job that incorporates both horses and speech! The Intro To Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies online course helped me learn the basics of hippotherapy and equine assisted therapy in very detail-oriented slides that included news reports and integrated videos and pictures. My favorite part of the course, however, was the lab day at On Eagles' Wings farm. We gave a lesson to an adorable girl with cerebral palsy, and as soon as she was put on top of that horse, you could tell that she felt like she was in charge. The lesson was geared towards stretching activities and mind games. After graduating, I plan to explore my options in the hippotherapy field, thanks to this course! Keep in mind that you don't have to be a speech pathology student for equine assisted therapy and hippotherapy to be relevant to you. Anyone in a rehabilitation or therapy field could find this class beneficial!”