Licensed PT/OT/SLP-part-time (with potential to grow into full time if desired) – current need at My Heroes @ National Western Stock Show in Denver but will likely have upcoming needs in all our program sites.
Founded in 2005, My Heroes is one of the national leaders in the field of hippotherapy and equine assisted activities and therapies. With locations in Colorado and Georgia, we serve populations all over the board, with a specific emphasis on neurodevelopmental patients in both the pediatric and adult populations. Our mission is to improve the lives, bodies, and spirits of children and adults with disabilities through equine assisted therapy and other equine assisted activities, and to be an inspiration and educational resource both regionally and nationally. We have a wonderful staff of OTs, PTs, PTA’s and COTAs who have several years of experience in the field and can help guide and mentor therapists new to the field or properly orient more experienced hippotherapy therapists to our particular environment. In Atlanta we have liaisons with all the top notch OT, PT and SLP programs including Mercer University, Georgia State University and Emory, as well as the most highly regarded local healthcare systems including CHOA and the Shepherd Center, while in Colorado we have programs based out of CSU and affiliations with several universities including CSU, Creighton, Regis, etc.
Three facilities currently. Longest standing is located at 4371 Powers Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30342, and is uniquely situated in the heart of Buckhead, adjacent to the Chastain Amphitheater. Two Colorado programs, including a program based out of Colorado State University in Fort Collins as well as a new program location on the premises of the National Western Stock Show in Denver. Please visit our website for more detailed information.
About the position
The therapist is responsible for direct treatment of patients with a wide range of diagnoses (Patients will be assigned based on therapist’s strengths and experience). This person will be responsible for the evaluation of the patient and the implementation of the treatment plan. The therapist will also be responsible for appropriate communication (verbal & written) with family members, volunteers and staff members. Depending on the level of training (therapist vs therapist assistant) the therapist will operate under appropriate supervision with considerable latitude for independent judgment and actions. May make suggestions and recommendations to other staff and clients within the scope of this position. The therapist will incorporate the movement and natural environment of the horse as appropriate.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
∙ Evaluate potential therapy patients PRN.
∙ Determine and implement treatment plan including long and short-term goals for all patients on caseload.
∙ Use appropriate communication to collaborate (verbal & written) with family members and other service providers.
∙ Maintain up to date paperwork for all patients. We utilize an online software program for our EHR which can be accessed through any computer, tablet or phone. Most notes can be completed through this portal immediately following sessions
∙ Collaborate with Adaptive Riding Instructors or other recreational staff to establish transition plans for any patients participating in these recreational programs upon discharge from the therapy program.
∙ Respond to problems, complaints, and suggestions of volunteers and/or horse handlers.
∙ Communicate scheduling needs to the Volunteer Coordinator or Therapy Services Director (horses, horse handlers, equipment and/or patient, volunteers).
∙ Fulfill the role of clinical instructor when students attend for clinical affiliation, if appropriate.
∙ Participate in fundraisers, demonstrations and special events.
∙ Ensure that My Heroes is provided with documentation to support current legal status as a practicing Therapist in this state.
∙ Other duties as assigned.
1. Education/License: Current license in Georgia or Colorado, depending on which campus you will be providing services.
∙ Pediatric or adult neuro therapy experience of more than 12 months preferred (depending on level of experience and potential of candidate we will be willing to train up and provide shadowing/learning opportunities as needed to prepare therapist for this particular environment).
∙ Completed or planned continuing education of two approved American Hippotherapy Association courses.
∙ Knowledgeable of the standards and requirements of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, Int. accredited program.
3. Ability to demonstrate:
∙ Competency in the provisions of therapist’s discipline’s services in accordance with specific standards of practice.
∙ A thorough understanding of the principles and practice of hippotherapy.
∙ Ability to serve as an advocate for hippotherapy in general and My Heroes in particular.
4. Must foster teamwork with professional behavior at all times.
5. US citizen or valid resident/ work permit.
• Lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
• Assist patients weighing up to 190 lbs. with mounts and dismounts
• Walk 5-8 miles per day over uneven surfaces
• Work with arms at shoulder level for up to 30 min 6x/day
• Kneel on floor up to 30 min 6x/day
• Must be physically fit with quick reflexes and high level of alertness at all times during treatments involving horses.
• Perform office work at computer, sitting for up to three hours
This is a part-time, exempt position. Compensation DOE.
***Former horse experience is helpful, but not a must. Depending on therapist qualifications we can train and educate as necessary to be the best possible provider in this field**
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