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In order to become professionally registered as an HTR with AHTA, a 480-hour internship is required. Hands-on practice in HT is essential for competence in HT. An internship allows you to apply classroom learning to the real world of working with clients with the guidance of an accomplished HTR mentor, whether or not you plan to pursue professional registration. Look for internship information under professional registration at the AHTA we site. http://www.ahta.org/
Internships may be done at virtually any organization or site that provides health care or human services, as long as the organization is willing to support your use of HT in the setting. This support is key! The internship can be done in your community, where you currently work, or with an existing HT program. You must have an HTR supervisor, either on-site or via distance.
There are some regularly offered structured internships scattered across the country. An internship of this sort is optimal in that it allows you to become immersed in the workings of an established program, with a professional HTR mentor on site.
If you wish to intern in your own community, you have several options – here listed in order of effectiveness:
The internship supplements and applies the training provided by the Institute. It is not a required part of the HT certificate offered, or part of coursework. Because internships are critical to professional practice and to becoming an HTR, they are included in class discussions.
HTI faculty and staff work with our students to identify potential sites and supervisors. However, the responsibility for finding and completing an internship rests upon the individuals seeking professional registration and/or an internship experience.
Beginning in June 2013, AHTA requires you to complete six semester credits of HT coursework prior to beginning an internship, or nine semester credits if your supervisor is at a distance. Currently, no guidelines exist for educational prerequisites.
Internship experiences are outlined by AHTA, and include special projects as well as hours in direct HT services, horticulture, session planning, documentation, etc. http://www.ahta.org/documents/AHTA_GuideForInternships.pdf
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