This curriculum is the follow-up to AHA Level 1 Treatment Principles, 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 will occur over four days.
Who is this course for?
This course is open to licensed speech, physical, and occupational therapists and assistants (PT's, PTA's, OT's, COTA's, SLP's, and SLPA's).
Successful completion of the AHA, Inc. Level I Treatment Principles Course and a copy of your certificate must be included with your registration.
Continuing education credit
27 contact hours are available for this course. Certificates of attendance with contact hours will be provided to all participants to submit to their individual professional organizations for continuing education credit.
To register for this course, please complete the form on page 2 of the course brochure [link to brochure PDF] and return it, along with your payment of $850 for AHA members / $975 for non-members, to Children's TherAplay:
Mail: 9919 Towne Road, Carmel, Indiana 46032
Fax: (317) 872-3234
For questions about registration, please contact Equine
Karen Gardner, MOT, OTR, HPCS
Karen has a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy; is a Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist; and PATH, Intl. Master Instructor and Driving Instructor. She is a consulting OT and an adjunct professor for the OTA program at Lone Star College. Therapy specialties include sensory integration, aquatic and neurodevelopmental techniques. She also incorporates the concepts of Floortime (from Dr. S. Greenspan) into her treatment sessions.
Karen is certified as an Advanced Practitioner in Natural Lifemanship for Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. She is an active member of the AHA Faculty and has presented at local, state and national conferences on a variety of topics within occupational therapy, hippotherapy, adaptive riding, and horse training.
Karen’s current equine experience includes competitive carriage driving and competitive trail riding. She utilizes a variety of natural horsemanship techniques in her horse training and therapy sessions. She is a member of AOTA, TOTA, PATH Intl., LSTEN, ACTHA, and several carriage driving associations. Karen is a past president and former board member of the AHA.
Lisa Harris, MSVS, PT, HPCS
Lisa practices physical therapy at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky where she incorporates hippotherapy through a partnership with Central Kentucky Riding for Hope.
Lisa has both an MS in Physical Therapy and Veterinary Science, specializing in equine biomechanics. She is a hippotherapy clinical specialist and has served on the AHA board as vice president, research chairperson, and newsletter editor. She is currently on the AHA board as the education chair.
Lisa is a PATH, Intl. Advanced Therapeutic riding instructor and graduate ‘A’ pony clubber who has evented through the Intermediate Two Star Level and has coached young riders through the Preliminary level.
Children TherAplay is located 30 minutes north of Indianapolis International Airport and just five minutes from the hotel.
Please contact us early if you plan to fly in as we may be able to help with airport and hotel transportation.
A block of rooms will be held at the Drury Plaza Hotel through May 19 at a special rate. Book a room online or by calling (317) 587-2701. Be sure to reference Children’s TherAplay.
The American Hippotherapy Association, Inc. (AHA) is a 501(c)(3) member organization which focuses on education and excellence as related to equine-assisted therapy.
We are known for our two foundation courses: Level I Hippotherapy Treatment Principles and Level II Hippotherapy Treatment Principles, which offer therapists a foundation for utilizing equine movement and the equine environment as a treatment strategy.
AHA recommends that therapists who are considering incorporating hippotherapy into their practice pursue a specialized training.
Learn more about the AHA