PATH Intl. professionals are held to a high performance standard in all areas of EAAT. Including equine management, program development, center standards and service delivery as well as a working knowledge of conditions and disabilities. Often, these precautions and contraindications can be viewed with a mixed bag of reaction and confusion as most EAAT professionals do not have the intense healthcare background to know each disability presented much less the intricate possibility of complications and safety issues. Yet, each PATH Intl. professional is tasked with having a working knowledge and a level of comfort with the precautions and contraindications index to make decisions of inclusion or not.
This session will provide a framework to assist PATH Intl. professionals in knowing more about the precautions/contraindications index, having a working definition of precautions/contraindications and distinguish the potential barrier or opportunity for EAAT participation.
Lynn Klimas Petr, MS, is the Founder and Executive Director of Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding (STAR) in Lenoir City, TN. Lynn is very active in PATH Intl., being a lead site visitor for accreditation. She is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor, an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, a faculty for the Mentor and Standards courses as well as for the Associate Visitor Training Course. She serves on numerous PATH Intl. committees in a constant quest for improvement to the equine-assisted activities and therapies industry.
Dr. Terry Chase is Assistant Professor, Nursing-Mental Health at Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction Colorado. As Patient & Family Education Program Coordinator at Craig Hospital, Englewood, for 18 years created the innovative, “Working with Horses Educational Experience” for SCI and TBI in-patients. Terry is a self-motivated, highly educated individual living fully with spinal cord injury for 29 years, active in all things outdoors: kayaking, cross-country skiing, hand cycling and, whenever possible, riding horses.