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PATH Intl. Credentialing Council

November 30, 2019 - Update to the 120 Hour Requirement for Instructors Supervising PATH Intl. CTRI Applicants

September 1, 2019 - Application Paperwork and Instructions for PATH Intl. CTRI Certification

June 26, 2019 - 120 hours

April 1, 2019 - PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor Application, Instructions and Criteria for Piloting

March 8, 2019 -  Clarification of CEU requirements for existing PATH Intl. Therapeutic Riding Instructors transitioning to the PATH Intl. CTRI Credential

December 27, 2018 - Riding Instruction and Communication Skills Video

November 16, 2018 - CTRI Transition Process and FAQs

November 2, 2018 - PICC Summary of Orlando meeting

October 19, 2018 - PICC Update and Process

August 2018 


January 2018:

Dear PATH Intl. membership,

It is with great pleasure that your 2018 PATH Intl. Credentialing Council shares its first communication to the membership regarding council tasks and accomplishments.

Since being elected to the council in September, we have accomplished several critical steps in establishing a functional council.

Our first task was to recruit and select a qualified individual for the position of public member. The National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA) defines a public member as “A representative of the consumers of services provided by a certificant population serving as a voting member on the governing body of a certification program, with all rights and privileges, including holding office and serving on committees. The public member should bring a perspective to the decision and policy making of the organization that is different from that of the certificants and should help to balance the organization’s role in protecting the public while advancing the interests of the profession.”  With this definition in mind, we began recruitment and ultimately identified two candidates. On October 19th, by majority vote, Dr. Steven Arnold was selected as the public member.

Dr. Arnold is currently the attending physician at Middlefield Family Practice, a staff physician with Trumbull Memorial Hospital and co-medical director of Burton Health Care Center. Dr. Arnold first gained horsemanship experience through 4-H in his youth which led to participation in pleasure driving. Through his medical practice he has treated many patients with disabilities and, in doing so, has experience serving families of individuals with disabilities. He is also a United States Army and Navy veteran. Dr. Arnold has experience with test development, job task analyses as well as performance analysis of test questions and procedures which will be beneficial to council tasks related to test development. We are excited about Dr. Arnold’s vast expertise and believe he will contribute a helpful perspective to council discussions. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Arnold into the PATH Intl. organization.

Our second order of business to date was to conduct an intensive review of the requirements for the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification. During our in-person meeting in San Antonio, Professional Testing, Inc. guided us through redeveloping a framework for the certification and a code of ethics in alignment with the results of the job task analysis and the parameters set by NCCA standards. More information about the objectives for this meeting can be found on the “Trek to Accrediting the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification” webpage at https://www.pathintl.org/quick-links/accrediting-tri-certification. The majority of our discussion revolved around the prerequisite experience that would characterize qualified candidates as described by the job task analysis. Honoring the work done by past volunteer certification committees and building upon the job task analysis, several options for prerequisites were discussed at a high level. Details of the prerequisites remain to be further developed as we work towards establishing demonstrable qualifications that are accessible and universally recognized. We will dig deeper into this development during our first quarter meeting on February 8 and communicate details of our work on the prerequisites as they are finalized.

Also at the San Antonio meeting, we completed our third task of determining rolling terms for council members. The terms for the 2018 PATH Intl. Credentialing Council members:

Member Name

Role on the PICC

Voting Member?

Term Duration (years)

Term Start

Term End

Patricia McCowan

Representative at Large

Yes

1

1/1/2018

12/31/2018

John Murdoch

Certified Driving Instructor – Level 1

Yes

1

1/1/2018

12/31/2018

William Lavin

Lead Site Visitor Representative

Yes

2

1/1/2018

12/31/2019

Regan Mays

Therapeutic Riding Instructor – Registered level

Yes

2

1/1/2018

12/31/2019

Steven Arnold

Public Member

Yes

3

1/1/2018

12/31/2020

Stephanie Roeter

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Representative

Yes

3

1/1/2018

12/31/2020

On January 4th, we completed our fourth task: election of the officer positions of chair and vice-chair. Please join us in congratulating William Lavin and Patricia McCowan for being elected to the positions of chair and vice-chair, respectively.

Member Name

Officer Position

Term Start

Term End

Patricia McCowan

Vice-Chair

1/8/2018

12/31/2018

William Lavin

Chair

1/8/2018

1/8/2019

Bill and Pat will work with the PATH Intl. staff liaison, Bret Maceyak, to coordinate council members’ ongoing efforts.

We are pleased to bring you this report of our activities over the last 5 months. We are honored to have been elected by the PATH Intl. membership and we do not take our posts lightly. We look forward to leading the organization through the pursuit of professionalizing PATH Intl. credentials through third-party accreditation of the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Certification. Watch for our next communication in two weeks regarding the tasks for our first quarter meeting.

Respectfully,

The 2018 PATH Intl. Credentialing Council


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logo givesdayOn Tuesday, December 5, 2017, PATH Intl. is participating in Colorado Gives Day, an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving.

How do your Colorado Gives funds benefit PATH Intl.?

Center Sustainability

According to recent data gathered by PATH Intl., the number of PATH Intl. centers that aren’t renewing their membership because they are closing is growing. From 2014-2015, the number grew from 3 to 4 percent. At 880 centers, that number is not insignificant, and frankly any number is too high.

Centers are born of people with big hearts and a big passion to want to make a difference in the lives of people and horses. We get that, because we do too! We at PATH Intl. want to give centers the tools to take their passion and their business further, to become sustainable. According to the data, reasons for closing are lack of funding, lack of qualified staff, and lack of board development and strategic planning. Through webinars on board development and succession planning to conference sessions and workshops on how to survive and thrive, PATH Intl. will give centers the tools to not only have big heart but have big success as well.

Disaster Relief

The PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund assists PATH Intl. Member Centers in good standing with an immediate need in meeting expenses not normally covered by operating insurance after natural or manmade catastrophic disasters. These include hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, floods, fire and drought. As noted above, we have been able to help so many rebuild, clean up and get a new start. But the after-effects of hurricanes Harvey and Maria go on, as does the clean-up from flooding, and the ravages from wild fires have been extensive.

The PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund is seriously depleted because of the good we've been able to accomplish from the funds donated by people like you. Your gift now will help your fellow centers rebuild what was lost.

Visit the PATH Intl. donation page. Or donate through the Colorado Gives Day site for PATH Intl.

Thank you once again for your generosity!

giving tuesdayWe have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving backDonate Now

On Tuesday, December 3, 2019, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.

Remember to share on social media why you donated and use the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #PATHIntl and thank you!

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

How do your #GivingTuesday funds benefit PATH Intl.?

Help us to demolish the waiting lists at PATH Intl. Member Centers!

Whether it’s at the airport, in traffic or in line to see Santa Claus, no one likes to wait. As Veruca said in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, “I want it now!”

At PATH Intl., we know how difficult it is for those with special needs to have to wait for something they know could help them, something that brings them happiness as well as improved health. Yet, for many, being on a waiting list to receive equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) from a PATH Intl. Member Center is a reality.

According to the most recent PATH Intl. statistics, more than 6,100 individuals are on waiting lists at 342 PATH Intl. Member Centers. That’s 6,100 individuals waiting to receive the physical benefits therapeutic horsemanship provides, such as improved balance, breathing and circulation, and increased muscle strength, and the emotional/social benefits such as better social skills, improved self-esteem and reduced depression and anxiety.

PATH Intl. is the credentialing organization for the accredited centers that provide EAAT programing and for the certified professionals who work directly with the participants and their families. Through onsite workshops, instructors gain the skills and knowledge necessary to teach to a wide range of special needs. (Read more about PATH Intl. Certifications.) Key to the credentialing process is the PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation manual, which details voluntary standards for the EAAT industry, necessary to ensure the safety of everyone involved, including our equine partners.

PATH Intl. has nearly 5,000 certified instructors. It is clear, however, that more instructors are needed in order to reduce—or eliminate—the waiting lists at PATH Intl. Member Centers. Your gift to PATH Intl. can help certify more instructors or be used toward scholarships for them to attend continuing education sessions at PATH Intl. Conferences. As one recent conference attendee said on her evaluation form for “The Art of Teaching” session, "These types of sessions are what help me think out of the box. Anything you can offer to support our being better instructors is appreciated."

Please consider a #GivingTuesday gift to PATH Intl., and help someone get off the waiting list. Visit the PATH Intl. donation page.

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