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CAS Hippotherapy plus

In this CAS you will gain the skills to plan, apply and evaluate the concept of hippotherapy for the treatment of adults and children with neurological diagnoses in an evidence-based way.

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Qualification:

Certificate of Advanced Studies Hippotherapie Kinder (15 ECTS)

Start:

13.01.2023

Duration:

15 days

Costs:

CHF 5'100.00

Location: 

  • ZHAW, Campus Stadt-Mitte, Building MG, Katharina-Sulzer-Platz 9, 8401 Winterthur (Show on Google Maps)
  • Practical days take place at external locations

Language of instruction:

English

Objectives and content

Target audience

  • Physiotherapists FH/HF with foreign languages
  • Priority is given to those who attend all three modules

Objectives

The graduates are able to

  • apply basic hippological knowledge in a targeted manner for the treatment of people with neurological disorders.
  • take responsibility for the adequate selection and specific training of horses.
  • analyse the symptoms and thereby plan, implement and evaluate an appropriate treatment for hippotherapy in an evidence-based manner.
  • to select and modify aids in a goal-oriented way.
  • to communicate professionally with the different interfaces.

Content

Hippotherapy is physiotherapy with the help of the horse. It is a recognised medical treatment measure. The movement transmission of the horse's step and back is used for therapeutic treatment of patients. In this CAS you will acquire the skills to assess and treat adults, children or adolescents with central neurological movement disorders with the help of the horse in a problem-oriented and professional manner. You will learn to document the process competently and to review and adapt it according to the principles of evidence-based therapy.

Module 1: (5 ECTS credits) Basic Module Hippotherapy
Theoretical basics of hippotherapy

  • Self-experience as a patient and as a horse handler
  • Needs, health and behaviour of the horse
  • Horse anatomy
  • Biomechanics of the horse's back
  • Analysis of the horse's stride
  • Requirements for the assessment of the horse's stride
  • Horse management

Module 2: (5 ECTS credits) Advanced Module Adults

  • Disease patterns and symptoms with reference to hippotherapy
  • Examination, findings, problem analysis, goal formulation, treatment plan
  • Starting positions, giving help, aids
  • Treatment and practical work

Module 3: (5 ECTS credits) Advanced Module Children

  • Disease patterns and symptoms with reference to hippotherapy
  • Examination, findings, problem analysis, goal formulation, treatment plan
  • Starting positions, giving help, aids
  • Treatment and practical work

Variants

The basic module Hippology has to be completed together with the advanced module adults as CAS Hippotherapy Adults or together with the advanced module Children as CAS Hippotherapy Children. If both CAS Children and Adults are attended at the same time year, this corresponds to CAS Hippotherapy plus. Priority is given to those who attend all three modules.

Methodology

In the first module you will learn the theory of horses and how to deal with them, on the other hand you will gain a lot of self-experience through practical work on and with the horse. In the second and third module, the theory of hippotherapy findings for adults and children is discussed and related to dominant symptoms. The practical implementation and the analysis of case studies complement the theory. The main topics on the two final days are the practical findings and treatment. Experience is gained at the practice site through the inclusion of real patients and the resulting findings are then analysed.

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Provider

Institute of Physiotherapy

Offered in cooperation with

The curriculum was developed by the ZHAW together with its partner Association Swiss Group for Hippotherapy-K®.

Application

Admission requirements

University admission:

  • Physiotherapists BSc or NTE (postgraduate title) with scientific-methodological knowledge.
  • Professionals with a foreign diploma in physiotherapy and a postgraduate course of 10 ECTS credits or proof of equivalent further training can be admitted on file.
  • Good knowledge of English (literature study)

Subject prerequisites for Basic Module Hippology, Module 1:

  • Physiotherapists FH/HF
  • Good knowledge of horses and riding experience
  • Experience in handling the horse, especially leading and working in hand (course in ground work an advantage)

Admission to the advanced modules adults and children requires prior completion of the basic module Hippology.

Subject prerequisites for Advanced Module Adults, Module 2:

  • 2 years of professional experience
  • Knowledge and skills in treating people with MS through completed continuing education, e.g.:
    - CAS Neurophysiotherapy - Specialist in Multiple Sclerosis (University of Basel), sections 1 and 3
    - Bobath Concept
    - or equivalent further training

Subject-specific prerequisites for Advanced Module Children, Module 3:

  • 2 years of professional experience
  • Knowledge and skills to treat CP children through completed continuing education, e.g.:
    - CAS Clinical Expertise in Paediatric Physiotherapy (Module 1 and 3)
    - CAS NDT Bobath
    - DAS Developmental Neurological Therapies
    - or equivalent further education

Advice:
The CAS Neurophysiotherapy - Expert in Multiple Sclerosis at the University of Basel is aimed at physiotherapists who wish to acquire confidence and competence in the specific, evidence-based treatment of MS patients. Completion of CAS sections 1 and 3 enables physiotherapists to participate in CAS Hippotherapy plus at the ZHAW.

Information for applicants

  • Course dates 2023
    Basic module Hippology: 13.01.2023. Theory day (Winterthur), 15.-18.02.2023 Practical days, Centre rencontre Courfaivre
    Advanced module Adults04./05./06.05.2023. Theory days (Winterthur) 01./02.06.2023 Practical days, Centre rencontre Courfaivre
    Advanced module children: 02./03./04.05.2023. Theory days (Winterthur), 22./23.06.2023 Practical days, Kinderreha Affoltern am Albis or Centre rencontre Courfaivre
    Examination Day Advanced Modules: 17.11.2023
  • School hours
    Basic module Hippology: 09.15 - 16.30 Uhr Theory day, 08.30 – 16.30 Practical days
    Advanced modules: Usually from 09:15 to 17:15
  • Locations for practical days
    Basic module Hippology and advanced module adults: Centre rencontre Courfaivre
    Advanced module children: Kinder-Reha Schweiz, Affoltern am Albis
  • Advice
    For the first day of the two advanced modules, please bring your tablet/laptop with you for some content internet access is required. You can bring your documents on your laptop or print it out.

Start Application deadline Registration link
13.01.2023 31.10.2022 Application

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