2021 Virtual Conference

Pre-Conference Program with Mary Massery, PT, DPT, DSc

Keynote Presentation by Mike Studer, PT, MHS, NCS, CEEAA, CWT, CSST, FAPTA

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New webinar-based formatting now available for  
Part l Treatment Principles of Hippotherapy

For the foreseeable future, AHA, Inc. has reformatted the Part I Hippotherapy Treatment Principles course to include four separate elements– all of which must be completed to receive a certificate of completion of the Part I curriculum and to receive full CE credit.   This reorganization of the course continues to have the same contact hours and course material as the previous format.    

The comprehensive information required to learn about this tool's theory and principles are provided by the:

 Basic Equine Skills Course -- To Be Completed 3 days Prior to Webinar

Online Part I Hippotherapy Treatment Principles Online Learning Module - To Be Completed 3 days Prior to Webinar

Part I Hippotherapy Treatment Principles Live 2-day webinar (Two 4.5 hour sessions)

Part I Hippotherapy Treatment Principles Live 2-day Onsite lab practicum 

The in-person practicum is the conclusion of the Part I course.  It emphasizes the clinical applications and critical thinking skills essential to understanding this tool. It is only upon completion of all four modules that the Part I course is considered complete and the therapy professional has a basic understanding of safe and effective incorporation of hippotherapy in OT, PT and SLP treatment. 

 Completion of the Part I course is required for attendance at the Part II Hippotherapy Treatment Principles 

Completion of both the Part I and Part II courses is required to sit for the American Hippotherapy Certification Board (AHCB) exam.


2020 Webinar Dates:

12/4-5/2020 11:30 am - 4:00 pm EST 
Faculty: Joann Benjamin, PT, HPCS & Sarah Beasley MAOTI, HPCS

2021 Webinar Dates:

01/22-23/2021 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST 
Faculty: Meredith Bazaar, MA, CCC-SLP, HPCS & Mary Helene Chaplin, PT, HPCS


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AHA, Inc. Education Committee Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 

The current pandemic of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) remains a rapidly developing situation. We wish to minimize our membership’s exposure to this virus and abide by the current international guidelines for the COVID-19 Virus. As such, we have opted to reschedule and reorganize our courses. 

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  Horse handling video

AHA, Inc. 2017 Biennial Conference Video: Handling and Training of the Hippotherapy Horse

AHA, Inc. if offering for purchase, the AHA, Inc. 2017 Biennial Conference video: Handing & Training of the Hippotherapy Horse. In this video, Ruth Dismuke Blakely, MS, CCC/SLP, HPCS and Neita Miller, MS, CCC-SLP, HPCS, cover the handling and training of Hippotherapy horses. They discuss contrasts in quality and why it matters. 

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Reimbursement Image

The AHA Inc. is making this webinar available free of charge to help address reimbursement challenges some of our members face.  The AHA Inc. Reimbursement Committee hopes that this educational content will provide guidance and answer questions regarding correct professional practices when incorporating hippotherapy as a treatment tool into therapy services. Please enter your name and email address to access this content. 

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Orientation on using hippotherapy as a treatment tool webinar

AHA, Inc. is making available to you for FREE this informational webinar on the use of hippotherapy as a treatment tool in your practice.  Please register for this free webinar below.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Welcome to The American Hippotherapy Association, Inc.

The American Hippotherapy Association is a 501C3 Non-profit organization, which provides educational resources and continuing education courses for occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech language pathology professionals who incorporate equines, equine movement and the equine environment in treatment.  The AHA Inc. believes that individuals in need of habilitation or rehabilitation are best served by skilled and licensed healthcare professionals. As such, AHA Inc. is unique in that we are the only organization in the United States whose focus in on educating licensed healthcare professionals on therapy services incorporating equines.

What Is Hippotherapy?

The term hippotherapy refers to how occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology professionals use evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement as a therapy tool to engage sensory, neuromotor and cognitive systems to promote functional outcomes.

Best practice dictates that occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology professionals integrate hippotherapy into the patient’s plan of care, along with other therapy tools and/or strategies.

American Hippotherapy Association, Inc. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

The American Hippotherapy Association, Inc. (AHA, Inc.) acknowledges that there are multiple barriers to equity within healthcare. These barriers include but are not limited to race, identity, and ability, and they impact both those receiving services as well as our professional members. Therapy professionals have a responsibility to acknowledge issues relative to privilege and inequity when offering services in all settings, including practices located within equine facilities and environments.  AHA, Inc. also recognizes the need for diversity within professions where equine movement and equine interactions are incorporated into treatment.

The Benefits of Membership

AHA, Inc offers a number of membership levels each with unique benefits including course registration discounts, access to the AHA, Inc. E-Newsletter, A subscription to HIPPOTHERAPY Magazine and more. Click the button to learn more! 

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AHA, Inc. 2021 Virtual Conference

Our 8th Biennial International Conference will be going virtual over March 19-21, 2021 with a pre-conference presentation on March 18 & 19, 2021
We will be returning to an in-person event again in Denver, Colorado at the Westin Westminster Denver-Boulder in March of 2022
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