Registration for the 2020 PATH Intl. Conference Re-imagined Program Track Webinar Series!
To carry on with making valuable education available to members that we’d originally planned for the PATH Intl. Conference, this year PATH Intl. will provide three different webinar series through fall and winter. Each series will feature a unique area of focus and will be presented by the experts whose abstracts were chosen for the international conference! The choice of series will include program (September), disability (October), and administrative (January). Each five-week series will include one webinar per week and require no travel!
Member discount price: Only $149 for each full five-
Higher Education Member Student and Faculty price: $129
Standard price: $199
The PATH Intl. Annual Meeting typically held at the international conference will be held virtually in November allowing access to all members! The meeting will be preceded by a panel discussion with the EAAT Baseline Definitions Work Group. The annual meeting and panel discussion will be free for all members.
Some Enticing Presentations from the September Program Series Include...
Wednesday September 9, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. MT
Conditioning the Therapeutic Horse for Longevity and Success! With Christine Skelly
In this exceptional situation with quarantines and stay-at-home orders, many therapeutic riding programs have horses on breaks somewhat like a scheduled break where horses are turned out or rested over the holidays or through the winter season. While some downtime can be beneficial both mentally and physically, a horse begins losing conditioning in as little as two weeks. By 12 weeks of downtime, a horse has lost most of its fitness associated with exercise. Developing and overseeing a conditioning program that considers both the horse’s needs and the handler’s skills will help ensure that the program is safe and beneficial.
1. The attendee will be able to develop a sports-specific exercise conditioning program for a therapeutic horse.
2. The attendee will be able to train staff and volunteers to safely and effectively carry out an exercise conditioning program for the therapeutic horse.
3. The attendee will learn to evaluate a horse’s body condition score and discuss the relationship to performance and health.
Christine Skelly is an associate professor and equine extension specialist at a land grant university, specializing in equine management, nutrition, housing and environmental stewardship. She consults with other extension and industry professionals and horse owners on horse management issues and works closely with the state horse council. She instructs courses in horse farm management and nutrition, directs an online horse management program and recently took on the leadership of the state’s 4-H therapeutic riding program.
Wednesday September 16, 2020 4:00 p.m. MT
Exploring Sensory Processing: Let’s Dive In! With Susan Rehr
Sensory input is perceived differently by all individuals and even by the same individual at different times or in different environments. When the instructor uses the three questions: “What do I see?”, “What does it mean?”, and “What will I do?” in conjunction with an understanding of the transition between stages of sensory processing they optimize their outcomes in lesson planning. Through both didactic and experiential models, attendees will gain an understanding of the connection of sensory processing to lesson planning, rider behavior and the acquisition of horsemanship skills.
1. The attendee will name the four stages of sensory processing.
2. The attendee will develop strategies, using new terminology, for describing sensory processing to a parent, volunteer or another instructor.
3. The attendee will utilize this new information to develop future lesson plans with a consideration of sensory processing.
Susan Rehr is the executive director of a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center and has provided physical therapy services to the pediatric population, integrating hippotherapy treatment principles for the past 22 years. Quality care, clinical education, educational presentations, published writing and national involvement are hallmarks of her career. She has recently developed two lines of educational courses. One developed for therapists preparing for a clinical specialist examination and one developed for adaptive riding instructors to enable them to explore the world of (dis)abilities.
Wednesday September 30, 2020 1:00 p.m. MT
Emotional Self-Awareness: Utilization to Impact Health Care Communication, With Jayne Beebe, MSN, RN
Having the ability to recognize one’s own emotional self-awareness is crucial for positive outcomes in all health care provider-patient relationships, leading to greater competency. Equine-assisted learning allows for the development of self-awareness and can be a beneficial tool in increasing self-awareness in healthcare professionals. In providing an overview of the issues and responsibilities encountered in therapeutic relationships, and the impact of emotional self-awareness in facilitating trusting environments of care through equine-assisted learning activities, this interactive learning also provides a venue for personal exploration and growth, while merging opportunities to explore strategies for future research.
1. The attendee will develop more self-awareness in the process of understanding oneself.
2. The attendee will recognize methods of incorporating self-awareness within their own practice and daily lives.
Jayne Beebe has been a senior clinical instructor for the past 14 years at Washington State University College of Nursing with a master’s degree in psych mental health. She has incorporated horses in her practice for both WSU and her own private facility since 2003, using both PATH Intl. and Eagala models of learning. In addition to providing workshops and hands-on opportunities for medical students, she has also worked with youth from a local treatment facility for 13 years, foster children and military/veterans.
Date and Time to be determined for the week of October 5-9, 2020
Creative Programming (Title TBD), With Joy Miller, Brian Miller and Jessica Freund
Brian and Joy Miller started as volunteers at Heartland Therapeutic Riding before founding their own center, New Horizon Ranch in Rantoul, KS, in 2006. Brian has a special gift for connecting with and loving people and uses these skills as the Executive Director to cultivate community relationships. He especially enjoys instructing the beginning riders, facilitating equine-assisted learning at NHR and connecting with community members. Joy is the Program Director and enjoys the challenge and creativity of program development, exploring new community and agency partners, grant writing, volunteer management as well as facilitating EAL, summer camps and teaching the intermediate riders. Brian and Joy have two kids, Sara and Stetson, and enjoy riding, fly fishing, gardening and watching Stetson play baseball (in their "spare time"!)
Jessica Freund has been working in the EAAT field for about nine years, as a volunteer first and now as the education enrichment director at New Horizon Ranch. She has an elementary education degree with a minor in special education from Baker University and a certificate in autism spectrum disorders from Emporia State University. In her free time, she enjoys time with family, being outside, crocheting and reading a good book.
Dates and times, session summaries and presenter bios will be available on the PATH Intl. website.