Creative Therapy Mentorship Program
Length: 40 hours (may be scheduled in one week or one day per week for
Intended Audience: AHA Level I or Level II Therapists who desire more "hands on"
experience and clinical hours for NARHA Registered Therapist eligibility
Pre-requisites: Must be an occupational therapist, certified occupational therapy
assistant, physical therapist, physical therapy assistant, or speech and language
OBJECTIVES:1. Experiential review of the multidimensional movement of the horse.
of hippotherapy sessions.
Participant will complete several treatment
planning worksheets, including
choice of horse with rationale, equipment choice, identification
horse warm up, ring set-up, pre-treatment
conversation with parent and
planned treatment strategies during the
session including pre-riding activity,
mounting procedure, activities while riding,
dismount, post-riding activity,
with parent and team review of session.
of safety awareness.
Participant will review with staff safety
guidelines of NARHA (North
American Riding for the Handicapped
Association) and be challenged
the mentorship program to maintain ‘safety first’.
Participant will be supervised throughout
the mentorship by an experienced
therapist who is registered with NARHA. All
mentoring therapists have a
minimum of 2 years experience practicing
hippotherapy. They will be
sharing experiences and challenging the
participant to improve clinical
understanding of the business aspects of hippotherapy, including
documentation, record keeping, reimbursement
coordination and marketing.
Participant will receive a 3 ring
comprehensive notebook with sample
documentation forms, treatment planning
worksheets, insurance forms,
forms, volunteer manual, etc.
Participant is encouraged to call the
director or mentoring therapist for
ongoing assistance after the mentoring