Education

AHA, Inc. is an organization which focuses on education and excellence, related to the therapy tool of hippotherapy.  We are known for our two foundation courses: Hippotherapy Treatment Principles – Part 1 and Hippotherapy Treatment Principles – Part 2, which offer therapists a start in utilizing equine movement and the equine environment as a treatment strategy during a therapy session.  We also offer a number of advanced, more focused courses that spotlight specific aspects of the use of hippotherapy as a tool in treatment.   These are coined The Connection Courses, as they provide a link between a specific topic area and hippotherapy.

Under the Education tab on our web site, you will find the AHA, Inc. Curriculum Overview button. This includes an overview of each AHA, Inc. course, it’s intended audience, any pre-requisites (if there are any) and detailed course objectives.

AHA, Inc. is an CE Approved Provided for the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

 

The AHA, Inc. Hippotherapy Treatment Principles – Part 1 Course requires all attendees to pass an online Equine Skills course.  To learn more about this course click here.  Many of the Connection Courses have prerequisites as well so be sure to click on the read more buttons under each course title for all the details.

It is recommended by AHA, Inc. that therapists who are considering incorporating the tool of hippotherapy into their practice pursue a specialized training.  AHA, Inc. has developed continuing education courses which emphasize safe and effective treatment.  Certificates of attendance will be provided to attendees at the conclusion of the course.  Contact hours vary depending on the course.  No certification will be granted upon completion of an AHA, Inc. course.

How do I get my hippotherapy certification?

A separate entity the American Hippotherapy Certification Board (AHCB), has developed two levels of certification for therapists: AHCB Certified Therapist and Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist®. Click here to learn more about this organization and certification opportunities   If you have questions specific to the certification process please contact them directly. Carol Huegel, PT, HPCS, is the current AHCB Board Chair and can be reached at [email protected].

When will your complete course schedule be available?

AHA, Inc. receives applications from facilities on a rolling basis. If you do not see a course you are able to attend check back with the website as we will be continually adding courses as the year progresses. If you know of a facility in your area that might be interested in hosting an AHA, Inc. course, please have them contact the office at [email protected].

Do you offer online courses?

The AHA, Inc. education committee is working to develop online content for 2020. Please continue to check back with the website to view our course offerings.

 

We hope to see you at an AHA, Inc. course or two this year!