Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) offers a variety of educational workshops to help members expand their knowledge, learn new skills, stay up-to-date on industry practices and prepare for instructor certifications. These workshops, which are held at PATH Intl. Centers specially trained to host such events, include the On-Site Instructor Workshop, Equine Specialist Workshop, Driving Workshop and Vaulting Workshop.
The On-Site Instructor Workshop is a great workshop to attend to learn more about therapeutic riding and PATH Intl.. It gives an overview on how to be a good therapeutic riding instructor, how to develop lesson plans, tack and equipment use, information on disabilities and therapeutic approaches, volunteer management, teaching techniques and hands-on demo lessons. Attendance is also a prerequisite to becoming a PATH Intl. Certified Instructor. See the certification page for more information.
The Mentor Training Workshop was created in response to the need for a more formalized education process to enhance the skills of those mentoring. The objective is to increase the number of qualified mentors available to instructors in training. Another added benefit is to provide current PATH Intl. Certified Instructors with a continuing education opportunity while enhancing personal observation, evaluation and feedback skills. See the mentor training page for more information.
The Equine Specialist Workshop is a three-day workshop offered for equine professionals and therapeutic riding instructors who work or would like to work with students with mental health and/or learning issues, and who wish to enhance their ability to work with mental health or educational professionals to provide a more complete experience. This is a prerequisite to getting certified as an Equine Specialist Mental Health & Learning.
The Driving Workshop is where the PATH Intl. driving faculty will walk you through the basics of becoming a Driving Instructor. Driving practice (either hands-on or through demonstrations performed by the faculty), rein and whip handling, ground driving, harnessing and putting-to demonstrations and practice are all included, so come prepared to be an active participant. Participants will also be actively learning how to develop creative lesson plans, progress student skills and choose appropriate activities for various populations. Training and selection of the driving horse will be discussed in addition to conformation and temperament, and examples of various therapeutic driving animals will be available. This workshop is a requirement for the PATH Intl. Driving Instructor Certification.
The Vaulting Workshop allows the PATH Intl. faculty to walk, trot and canter you through the basics of interactive vaulting. Activities include proper lungeing technique and appropriate tack, ground exercises, barrel work and group oriented activities both on and off the horse. Daily interactive vaulting sessions led by the workshop faculty provide examples of therapeutic interactive vaulting lessons as well as an opportunity for the participants to experience interactive vaulting for themselves. Student groups may also be brought in for demonstration. Come prepared to be active as participants learn a variety of activities to promote interaction, creativity, awareness and memory, and incorporate these into lesson planning and development. Basic vaulting movements will be taught with an emphasis on safety, spotting and determining when a student is ready to attempt movements on a moving horse. Training and selection of the interactive vaulting horse will be discussed. Interactive activities occur on, around and off the horse and barrel, with opportunities for feedback during all practice. This workshop is a requirement for the PATH Intl. Interactive Vaulting Instructor Certification.
Please visit the PATH Intl. Events Calendar for workshop dates.