11 November 2020
Our 2nd meeting was planned at the end of April in St Petersburg in Russia. We had to cancel it due to COVID-19, but we have started to meet online via ZOOM. Actually, we are much more active!
EEFTN has been growing – we have now 28 members from 15 countries – Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The whole group met for three times since May, and our sub-groups are meeting regularly according to the needs.
Education sub-group under the leadership of Anne Rokka (Finland) created an extensive survey to collect information about the therapist competencies in Equine Facilitated Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Horsemanship. Now teams of Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapists summing up the listed skills and knowledge. We still need more answers for Speech Therapist. The meetings are fascinating and enriching for us, and we are very curious about what outcomes we reach and how we will process it further.
Second sub-group Reserving the knowledge coordinated by Sanna Mattila-Rautiainen (Finland) is working on case study guidelines for EFT educational courses within Europe to get data for future studies and researches.
Third team in the Best practice sub-group lead by Nikolaos Nikolaidis (Greece) is working on a project to create an online resource for all therapists working with horses as their therapeutic medium. We hope to create an online forum whereby therapists can look for ideas on therapeutic equipment, positions and mounting techniques with supplementary information on each area. To do this, we need your help. We would greatly appreciate if you can complete this form (https://forms.gle/KhGpD8TL1TLAsr9F8), adding as much information as possible so that it is useful for others looking for information and support.
It is a great honour and pleasure to be part of this network - the working spirit is very high, enthusiastic and supportive to all members. We are connected via WhatsApp group as well to share our experience and also some small talks.