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Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International
May 7, 2013
Open for PATH Intl. Membership Oversight Committee Region Reps
PATH Intl. is
seeking Membership Oversight Committee Region Representative
nominations. The PATH Intl. annual nomination process for region
representatives is underway. This year nominations are being accepted
for odd-numbered regions: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11. PATH Intl. Region
Representatives serve as ambassadors for the association and as the
voice of their region's members. Responsibilities may include recruiting,
retaining and recognizing members; collaborating with groups within and
outside of PATH Intl. that can positively impact the success of PATH
Intl. members; leading PATH Intl. recognition of center and individual
members and participants; and helping coordinate states, regions and
PATH Intl. communities into effective networking systems.
Click here for requirements and to download
the fillable nomination form or download the form from the PATH Intl. corporate
documents page. Nominations are due to your current region
later than July 15. If you prefer, you may print the
nomination form, fill it in by hand and mail it to the PATH Intl.
office. All handwritten nomination forms must be received by the office
by July 15 in order for the nomination to be considered.
If you have any questions please contact Rachel Davis, PATH Intl. Membership Coordinator. Thank
you to those nominees who are willing to contribute their time in
representing the PATH Intl. members in their regions.
PATH Intl. Conference Information
The 2013 PATH Intl.
Conference and Annual Meeting page has detailed information on the
great Orlando, FL, conference site and hotel, the Caribe Royale.
To reserve your room, call (888)
258-7501 and reference PATH Intl. or reserve your room online.
Deadline: June 28
Benefits of PATH Intl. Membership
PATH Intl. gives
members exclusive access to product and service providers that offer
discounted rates and special programs. PATH Intl. constantly searches
for and negotiates on behalf of our members for partnerships that will
enhance our members' success and enable them to better serve their
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is offering a series of free webinars every Wednesday at 1 p.m. EST
through the month of May for interested members to learn about its
easy-to-use process. Through these sessions, member centers will see
the wide range of services that can be tailored to meet their unique
needs. All centers need to do is email Mike Kenney to arrange which session to attend.
Benefit From Volunteer of the Month
PATH Intl. sponsor
Bimeda/Equimax has a Volunteer of the Month program that can benefit
your center. Click here to check it
out and get a chance to win prizes!
Survey for Center Directors
organization that provides pro bono consulting services to nonprofits
whose work benefits the Greater Washington, D.C., community, is
conducting a survey of centers offering equine-assisted activities and
therapies (EAAT) throughout the United States. The data collected will
better help an anonymous client to provide best practices that can be
shared throughout the EAAT community. Through your participation, we
eventually hope to understand the successful practices of these
The questionnaire will require approximately 15 minutes to complete. All information collected will
remain confidential and will only be provided in the aggregate.
Providing your name or your organization's name is purely optional.
All participants in this survey, who choose to provide contact
information, will receive a copy of the aggregate results once they are
completed. The more participation in this survey, the better the
overall data will be for all participants.
Center Directors, please take a few minutes to complete this
questionnaire, or to forward it to someone in your organization to
complete. Without the help of people like you, this type of research
could not be conducted. If you have any questions or concerns about
completing the questionnaire or about participating in this study,
please contact Michael Childers, Compass Project Leader.
Thank you for participating in this worthwhile undertaking. Click here to
participate in the survey.
Therapy Act Calls for Insurance Coverage for Hippotherapy
Many of you will remember a
story in PATH Intl. eNews and
posted on our Facebook page from early December 2012 regarding the
Pentagon's decision not to cover hippotherapy for Kaitlyn N. Samuels, the
daughter of a Texas Navy Captain. At that time and since, PATH Intl. has
sent support materials and letters of endorsement to Rep. Tom Cotton
(R-AR), Senator Michael C. Burgess (R-TX) and the Samuels family. Thank
you to all PATH Intl. members who chose to share their views with
the representatives in their home states and Texas.
Upon hearing about this
story, a generous donor offered to fund Kaitlyn's EAAT for one year. In
turn the Samuels family demonstrated their depth of integrity by asking
the donor to contribute not solely for Kaitlyn's hippotherapy but also
for two other military families whose children benefit from EAAT at
PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center Rocky Top Therapy Center in
Flash forward to 2013. On
Wednesday, April 24th, Rep. Michael Burgess introduced the Rehabilitative
Therapy Parity for Military Beneficiaries Act (HR1705). The law is
co-sponsored by Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR). The law calls for Tricare (the
health care program serving uniformed service members, retirees and their
families worldwide) to cover "therapies provided on a horse, balance
board, ball, bolster and bench" if these therapeutic exercises or
activities are included in the individual's plan of care.
Congratulations to all
involved in making this advancement a reality. Compliments to American
Physical Therapy Association (APTA) for helping to develop the bill's
language and to American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) for actively
promoting awareness of the bill and supporting the education
of their members, their patients both current and future, and others
interested in helping support and grow the field of EAAT, specifically
Watch for developments of
and status updates on this bill in future issues of PATH Intl. eNews.
Want to make your opinion heard? Click here to find your
State Representatives and Senators.
Intl. Community Connections Corner
Your opinion matters! All
members are encouraged to join the Field Test Standards
community to give feedback on the standards currently in field test.
Your feedback will help determine the PATH Intl. Standards for
Certification & Accreditation.
Network with your fellow region members and connect with your Region
Representative on PATH Intl. Community
Connections. Join your region community to share local resources with
Making Its Way Into Popular Culture
With the rapid and
continuing growth of equine-facilitated psychotherapy and learning in the
EAAT field, it's only natural that mentions of it would find their way in
to popular culture. Recently, there have been three examples. The first
was on an episode of "Fashion Police," the Joan Rivers et al.
celebrity fashion-bashing show on E!
Another mention was in the "Anger Management" episode
"Charlie and Kate Horse Around"), which featured Charlie Sheen
using equine-facilitated learning as a bonding experience for his therapy
group. (Some of the humor may not be appropriate for all audiences.)
Finally, in real life, Dr. Nancy Snyderman on "The Today Show"
interviewed neurosurgeon Dr. Allan Hamilton of the University of Arizona
Medical Center in Tucson. Dr. Hamilton and his horses are
teaching bedside manner and communication to first-year med students. Dr.
Hamilton believes that his classes at the stable can build better
doctors, helping them to overcome fear and improve confidence. Click here to read the
story and watch the clip.
The more accepted EAAT becomes by the public, the more stories (and
storylines) like these will pop up in mainstream culture. If you have an
example, share it with us or post it on our Facebook page.
Intl. Events Calendar
noted, contact Denise Fager at (800) 369-7433, ext. 114, with
questions. All dates are subject to change. To register for an event,
please contact the host site directly. You can locate its contact
information under Find a Center on the
PATH Intl. homepage or on the PATH Intl. events calendar.
PATH Intl. Equine
Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Workshop and Practical Skills
May 21-24, 2013
R.O.C.K., Ride on Center for Kids in Georgetown, TX
May 30 - June 2, 2013
ASPIRE Therapeutic Riding in Waterloo, IA
September 11-15, 2013
Special People United to Ride (SPUR) in Lincroft, NJ
Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center in Burnsville, NC
September 27-30, 2013
Horse Power at Touchstone Farm in Temple, NH
October 23-26, 2013
Hearts and Horses, Inc., in Loveland, CO
PATH Intl. Driving
Workshop and Certification combination event
Workshop is held the
first 2-1/2 days, certification held the last 2-1/2 days. Specific
schedule sent by host site.
June 29-July 3, 2013
BraveHearts at the Bergmann Centre in Poplar Grove, IL
October 15-19, 2013
Horse Power at Touchstone Farm in Temple, NH
Advanced Certification Event
May 28-30, 2013
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding in Old Lyme, CT
September 7-8, 2013
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in Woodinville, WA
October 18-20, 2013
Horses Help in Phoenix, AZ
Vaulting Workshop/Certification Event
August 27-30, 2013
EQUEST in Wylie, TX
PATH Intl. Mentor Training
May 18-19, 2013
Maryland Therapeutic Riding in Crownsville, MD
June 13-14, 2013
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., in Old Lyme, CT
June 21-22, 2013
SIRE in Hockley, TX
June 28-29, 2013
Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Riding Center in Williamsburg, VA
August 16, 2013
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., in Old Lyme, CT
August 23-24, 2013
Equest in Wylie, TX
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