The Doctor Franklin Perkins School’s Rein in a Dream Therapeutic Horsemanship Center recently received notification of its accreditation by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International, which provides accreditation services for more than 850 member centers across the globe. PATH International helps 58,300 children and adults – including more than 3,310 veterans and active duty military personnel with physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges – find strength and independence through the power of a horse each year. PATH International accreditation is a voluntary process that recognizes Perkins’s Rein in a Dream has met established industry standards. The accreditation process is a peer review system in which trained volunteers visit and review centers in accordance with PATH International standards. Perkins’s Rein in a Dream program met the accreditation requirements based on the administrative, facility, and program standards and earned a Premier Accredited Center status. This accreditation is valid until 2020.
“We are very excited to be awarded this re-accreditation as it represents the high standards and quality of the program offered to our participants,” said Ms. Cherie Ansin, program director at Rein in a Dream. According to Ms. Ansin, Rein in a Dream is expanding services to include participants with mild to moderate physical disabilities, including veterans. “Mounting ramps, adaptive equipment and extensive instructor training now allows us to increase the number of participants who can benefit from our program and services,” she continued. The Rein in a Dream Therapeutic Horsemanship Center currently serves children and adults with psychiatric, social and learning disabilities as well as those from the community without special needs.
“Perkins is committed to ensuring the highest level of care and service in all of our programs, including Rein in a Dream,” said Dr. Charles P. Conroy, Executive Director at Perkins. “We value the appraisal and feedback of outside agencies as they evaluate our services and are proud to earn another important accreditation.”