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With the growth of the equine-assisted activities and therapies industry the Standards Reorganization Task Force reviewed the current layout of the PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation (Standards Manual) with the following concepts:
The 2012 Standards Manual is the first phase of a multi-year project. The Standards Task Force is tasked with continuing review of like (duplicate) standards, as they relate to international compliance, technology and areas of growth. The task force will also review feedback received regarding the work completed thus far.
No. The standards were reorganized into the new sections, corrected for grammar, like (duplicate) standards were reviewed and the process of combining like standards into a single standard when there was no intent change was started.
The reorganization of the standards highlighted standards that were duplicated or similar but in different sections of the old manuals. As this is a multi-year project, these duplicated or similar standards will be reviewed by the Standards Task Force and further simplified. Any changes in intent as a result of combing standards will require field testing.
The specialty standards are now covered in the activity and service standards. Driving and interactive vaulting are in the activity standards. Hippotherapy and equine-facilitated psychotherapy are in the service standards.
Reorganizing these standards into the activity and service sections sets therapeutic riding as an activity and service outside of the core standards and underscores the growing professionalism and the unique needs in the area of therapeutic riding.
Centers that have submitted their application for accreditation prior to June 30, 2012, will use the 2011 edition of the PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation for their visits. Any requests to accredit using the 2012 edition of the Standards Manual must be made in writing to the PATH Intl. office prior to the scheduling of site visitors.
Centers that apply after July 1, 2012, and have their site visit prior to December 31, 2012, will have the choice to accredit using the 2011 or 2012 edition of the Standards Manual. All site visits that take place after January 1, 2013, will accredit using the 2012 edition of the Standards Manual.
Site visitors will be notified as to which manual they will be scoring during this grace period during the scheduling process.
All centers and individuals must comply with all applicable core standards regardless of the activities and services being provided. In the activity standards section, centers and individuals comply with all applicable standards as dictated by their programming, e.g. mounted (riding), driving, interactive vaulting and/or ground activities. In the service standards section, centers and individuals comply with all applicable standards as dictated by the goals of their programming, e.g. equestrian skills (therapeutic riding, driving, interactive vaulting or ground), hippotherapy and/or equine-facilitated psychotherapy. For example, a center that offers mounted equine-facilitate psychotherapy must meet the applicable core standards, mounted standards and medical/mental health standards. A center that offers therapeutic riding and driving must meet the applicable core standards, mounted standards, driving standards and equestrian skills standards.
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