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Standards Reorganization. Standards Reorganization Task Force. Task Force Members: Ainslie Kraeck, Co-Chair Leanne Woodward, Co-chair Sharon Butler, DVM Catherine McKinnon Elizabeth Long Roberta Hirshon Kristen Sanders. Staff Advisors: Carrie Garnett Jeff Kelling Jama Rice.

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standards reorganization task force
Standards Reorganization Task Force

Task Force Members:

Ainslie Kraeck, Co-Chair

Leanne Woodward, Co-chair

Sharon Butler, DVM

Catherine McKinnon

Elizabeth Long

Roberta Hirshon

Kristen Sanders

Staff Advisors:

Carrie Garnett

Jeff Kelling

Jama Rice

slide3

Standards Reorganization

  • What
    • Moving current standards into new sections
    • Clarifying intent and interpretations
    • Combining like standards
    • No intent change
  • Why
    • Professionalism
    • PAC facilitation
    • Inclusion of providers
  • How
    • New model – not just rearrangement
slide4

Current Standards Organization

  • Core
    • Admin - 20
    • Program -32
    • Facilities - 27
  • Specialty
    • Hippotherapy - 13
    • Interactive vaulting – 11
    • Driving - 22
    • EFP - 8
  • Non-profit, therapeutic riding center driven
  • Isolated development
slide5

Current Standard Challenges

  • Core
  • Admin – non-profit, U.S. centric
    • Plans, policies and procedures scattered throughout Programs and Facility standards
  • Program - therapeutic riding centric
    • Exclusionary to growing EFP/L community
  • Facility and equine welfare are intertwined
    • Fosters perception of equines as tools
slide6

Current Standard Issues

  • Specialty
  • Repetitive
    • Same requirements (credentialing, training, conditioning) in specialties
  • Limited to present concepts
    • Requires constant update to include new specialized activities
  • Constantly expanding
    • EFL coming; new medical models
  • Downplays professionalism of therapeutic riding, not “specialized”
    • No session/lesson safety standards for
    • therapeutic riding (driving standards set the
    • example)
slide7

What we tried – and abandoned

  • Task force attempted original reorganization into
    • Core
      • Business/admin
      • Facilities
      • Equine Welfare/management
    • Activities
      • Therapeutic Riding
      • Driving
      • Interactive Vaulting (IV)
      • Hippotherapy
      • Equine-facilitated Psychotherapy
  • We couldn’t do it.
slide8

What we tried – and abandoned

  • Problems:
  • Redundancy in activities
    • For example mounted hippotherapy and therapeutic riding have similar equipment and safety requirements
    • All activities have ground components
  • Policies for activities were in different places
    • Written helmet standards for interactive vaulting but not for others
  • No specific therapeutic riding standards – all defined mounted
slide9

Why a new model?

  • We abandoned our attempt and began to explore new models.
  • When the major categories of SERVICES and ACTIVITIES were identified the individual standards began to fall in to place.
slide10

Service Delivery Model

  • Why do we use equine-assisted activities?
  • To provide a service
    • Practicing as a medical professional
      • Currently, PT, OT and SLP but open to rehab, pediatrics as well as new services.
      • This model easily accommodates new growth areas in the industry.
    • Practicing as a mental health professional
    • Practicing as an educational professional
      • IEP and/or self growth open to other – spiritual, social, etc.
    • Providing a therapeutic horsemanship activity
      • Recreation, sport, competition, etc.
slide11

Activities Offered

  • What activities can we use to deliver EAAT?
    • Mounted
    • Driving
    • Interactive vaulting
    • Groundwork
slide12

NEW

Model

slide13

Service Delivery Model

  • Our common approach in delivering services to clients
    • We are businesses
    • We are credentialed professionals
    • We require additional training/proficiencies
    • We select appropriate equine activities from the spectrum
    • We use a team approach
    • We respect the equine
    • We value safety and ethics
slide14

Service Delivery Model

  • Separate delivery of service from activity.
    • There are only 4 things we do as an activity
      • We are on the horse
      • We are off the horse
      • We are on and off the horse
      • We are attached to the horse from behind
    • All other differentiation is in the goal of the activity
slide15

Service Delivery Model

  • Medical Objective Model
    • practiced by a licensed and credentialed medical professional
    • to facilitate a medical treatment goal
  • Mental Health Objective Model
    • practiced by a licensed and credentialed mental health professional
    • to facilitate a mental health treatment goal
slide16

Service Delivery Model

  • Educational Objective Model
    • practiced by a licensed and credentialed educational professional
    • to facilitate educational goals
  • Equestrian Skills ObjectiveModel
    • provided by a professional credentialed instructor
    • to facilitate achievement of equestrian skills goals
slide17

Activity Types

  • Mounted
    • Includes tandem-mounted
  • Vaulting
  • Driving
  • Groundwork
    • Includes groundwork for all other activities such as grooming, lungeing, long-lining
slide19

New System of Standards Organization

  • Five sections
    • Administration and Business Section (old admin)
    • Facilities Section (old facilities)
    • Equine Welfare and Management Section (old facilities/program)
    • Activities Section (old specialty)
    • Services Section (old specialty)
slide20

New System of Standards (continued)

  • Administration and Business Standards
    • Plans, policies and procedures
    • Human resources
    • Training
  • Facility Standards
    • Grounds/Buildings
    • Equipment storage and maintenance
    • Activity area
  • Equine Welfare and Management Standards
    • Safety
    • Care
    • Equipment fit and assignment
    • Selection/training/lifecycle
slide21

New System of Standards (continued)

  • Activity Standards
    • Safety of participant
    • Activity equipment (safety/selection)
    • Equine training
  • Service Standards
    • Credentialing and certifications
    • Professional responsibility
    • Paperwork requirements specific to service
slide22

Assumptions

  • Baseline certification criteria will include competencies in all ground activities that support other (mounted, driving, interactive vaulting) activities
  • All standards will be reviewed
    • Task force has defined policies, procedure and practice
    • Technology update
    • International applicability
  • Reference to PATH Intl. certifications will be stated as “appropriately PATH Intl. Credentialed Professional”
  • Duplicate standards will ultimately be combined resulting in effective organization and reduced redundancy
slide23

Benefits

  • Responds to membership requests for manual organization to facilitate the premier accredited center process success
  • Positions the association to retain the leadership role in providing EAAT industry best practices
  • Ultimately increases the professionalism of our Industry
slide24

Timeline

  • August – October 2011
    • Review on-site work
    • Write new standards for repetitive standards
  • October 2011
    • Programs & Standards Oversight Committee comfortable with direction and reorganization
  • November 2011
    • Membership conceptual update
  • March 2012
    • Manual ready for staff to print