For several years running, Xenophon has provided an educational field experience for students participating in Samuel Merritt University’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. This program is designed for individuals who hold a non-nursing Bachelor of Science degree. In an intensive 12 months, courses are taken in nursing theory and clinical education. Part of their educational experience is visiting clinics and other treatment-based programs that assist children and adults therapeutically outside of a hospital setting.
Over two Tuesdays, May 9th and May 16th, twenty students came and spent the afternoon at Xenophon. They received a crash course on the benefits of equine-assisted therapies from our Program Director, Danielle Coburn, and then received practical experience by assisting in both Therapeutic Riding lessons and Hippotherapy sessions. Despite the volume of information thrown at them in a short period of time, the feedback from the students is incredibly positive as they appreciate the hands-on experience they receive at the center. The benefit to both organizations is tremendous, as many of these students come back to volunteer at the center. We look forward to hosting another group next year.