2018 Virtual Conference

2018 Virtual Conference

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What attendees of the 2017 Virtual Conference had to say:
"I am not able to attend national conferences very often, or at all, so this was a great resource and help in allowing me to get some CEUs. The networking was also amazing."
"Thank you for the flexibility of watching the presentations later, we had lessons and could not watch it live. I look forward to more virtual conferences!"
"Overall, I was impressed with how well organized and smoothly everything ran. I feel much more connected to the organization now than ever."

One event, many topics. When we say "Viritual Conference," we don't mean just webinars!

Don't miss this opportunity to expand your knowledge, contribute to the growth of equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) and chat with like-minded EAAT professionals! And remember, if you are a PATH Intl. Certified Instructor, conference attendance can contribute to your continuing education requirements. 

Each year, the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) hosts the Virtual onference, which attracts attendees in the field of EAAT from all over the world. This exciting and engaging conference is one of PATH Intl.'s premier education events, where PATH Intl. members and other EAAT professionals gather to attend lectures by leading industry and medical professionals. Learn about new developments in the field and network with colleagues and peers.

Worried you can’t make a session? All attendees will receive video recordings of the conference sessions! Still have some lingering questions? Reach out to the staff with an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Conference Dates

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (MDT), April 24 and 25, 2018


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Member Rate - $249
Non-member Rate - $309
Center Rate (good for three people) - $495

Technology Requirements

What you will need:
- Adobe Flash Plugin
- Broadband Internet
- Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari or Google Chrome
- Compatible with IOS and Android based tablets and smartphones

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The full 2018 PATH Intl. Virtual Conference is worth 12 CEUs, including 6 disability

Presenters & Sessions

Horses Helping Humans, Chris Cook
Ensuring a quality life for the equine population in the US depends on finding a reliable lifelong match between the equine and a human activity. Therapy riding represents a significant section of the equine industry. In the same time therapy riding programs struggle to find, train, and retain suitable candidates that will in turn improve the quality of life of people with disabilities or recovering from conditions such as PTSD. Horse attrition can be high, training a new horse expensive, and staff (often volunteers) have little the time to train or educate incoming horses. Our preliminary research indicated that sympathetic / natural training techniques might be especially beneficial for developing therapy horses due to the low-stress approach of these methods. In the therapeutic riding industry conventional pressure based training is still widely used with mixed success. We propose developing a sympathetic / natural based guide to help therapy programs identify, train, and successfully retain equine candidates for their programs.
Chris Cook has 15 years of experience running horse training programs; specifically colt starting, wild horse starting, problem horse and human development. Chris studied under master horseman Peter Fuller at Willow Brook Natural Horsemanship Center in Pennsylvania and Pat Parelli at the Parelli Campus in Colorado. Earning titles of Senior Instructor and Senior Horse Development Specialist at Willow Brook and a 2-Star Parelli Instructor title. Chris started The Horse Development Program, LLC to provide students with young horses the training they needed to attend Parelli Levels Clinics. He then joined Silverhorne Sporthorse in California where he trained six mares to compete and win in the Hanoverian Society Performance Test, earning spectacular scores and elite mare status as the first all naturally trained performance test. Chris then had the opportunity to work as Head of Strategic Development for HBZ Inc. and Al Shaqab in the Middle East. Chris managed 40 trainers, 90 grooms and the development of 300 horses thus helping to execute one of the first and largest government sponsored natural horsemanship contracts to help educate Arabic riding schools and equine assisted therapy programs. As President & CEO, Chris plays an integral part of the Wild Horsemanship Center (WHC) executive team, and continues to use his skills to develop his dream of growing an empowering horsemanship center where horses and humans can build a strong foundation at any level (recreational, professional, business and therapy) based on psychology and Empathetic Leadership.

The Path to Major Gifts, KC Henry
There is a proven process that leads to major gifts for your center. Your donor’s engagement results in dramatically increased giving. When your team members (staff, board and volunteers) understand the expectations and procedures, it removes the resistance factor that that so many development and campaign committee members feel. The eight-step management cycle and the simple process for progressive communications will clarify the “magic” of developing major gifts. Build team confidence – and yes, even fun – into your process and you will see results that will expand the future and sustainability of your center.
KC Henry is principal of Transitions Unlimited Llc, a consulting firm for nonprofit businesses. She helped thousands of leaders and administrators through her specialization in organizational development, board development and strategic planning. KC has served on boards, staffs, national and international committees; she has also presented training sessions and facilitated retreats across the world. She has served on the PATH Intl. board, as a PATH Intl. state and regional representative and was honored with the PATH Intl. James Brady Professional Achievement Award. www.TransitionsUnlimited.net

Working Successfully With People With Dementia, Debi A. Buzanowski-Stowell and Sandra Monahan 
Dementia means so much more than just memory loss! This program will discuss some of the basic biology of dementia and teach skills, communication and approach techniques to use to be successful when working with clients with dementia.
Debi Buzanowski is a nationally certified dementia practitioner and Alzheimer’s and Dementia Trainer with over 20 years of experience working with people with Alzheimer’s disease, their caregivers and long term care systems. Debi has created and delivered hundreds of curriculums and programs for diverse audiences both locally and nationally, all with a strong focus on person centered philosophies and care practices. Currently Debi serves as the Executive Director of Marjorie Doyle Rockwell Center, a memory care facility in upstate NY providing her skills and knowledge to the employees, families and residents and the community. Debi also oversees Eddy Alzheimer’s Services, which provides community based Alzheimer’s Services as part of a $7.5 million NYS DOH grant.

How to Process the Loss of an EAAT Equine in a Program, Bunny Young
This session will be a powerful and safe environment to discuss an actual loss of a 32 year old program horse, how it was handled, the reasoning, and offer ideas and discussion about how to support this situation which is a reality in your own farms, programs, ranches, and organizations. Discover how to transform a potentially devastating situation into a truly bonding experience for the entire community through discussion and planning. Find out how our equine partners can continue to provide learning experiences and meaningful outcomes even through their departures.
Following an undergraduate research focus on internationally-recognized alternative therapies and treatment methods, such as canine therapy and sensory stimulation, Bunny Young became a qualified mental health professional and certified yoga instructor. She continued her education and received her Master’s Degree in Counseling and Psychology with a concentration in Equine Assisted Mental Health. She founded A Better Place Consulting to empower and educate businesses and organizations about cultivating a positive work environment which leads to employee and client retention. Recently, Bunny finished her manual “Crossing the Line: Power Activities for Therapy and Learning” to help individuals build better programs by offering EAL and EAP. She enjoys using out of the box concepts to deliver meaningful outcomes. In addition she also teaches cultural sensitivity to law enforcement, military, and correctional officers.

Communication Strategies for Working with Individuals with Limited or Nonverbal Language Skills, Kathryn Guillot- Blankenship, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Learner Objectives:
• The learner will be able to identify the different types of nonverbal communication.
• The learner will be able to identify the components of language (e.g., receptive and expressive language).
• The learner will be able to identify strategies to use with individuals who have limited or no verbal communication to use within their lesson.
Kathryn Guillot Blankenship is an assistant professor at Middle Tennessee State University in the Department of Health and Human Performance in the area of Speech Pathology and Audiology. She received a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Dallas and her doctorate from Vanderbilt University. Kathryn has 15 years’ experience as a speech language pathologist working with a wide range of individuals with communication disorders, such as hearing impairment, autism, intellectual disabilities and minimally to nonverbal individuals. She has 7 years’ experience in working with individuals with limited communication and verbal abilities in a home health setting. Kathryn’s research interests include speech and language development in children with cochlear implants, family literacy skills with Head Start children, teaching pedagogy and effective clinical supervision techniques.

Brain Injury: Overview and Strategies, Liz Gerdeman (Director of Professional Programs at Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado)
The prevalence of brain injury is higher than most people realize. This presentation will provide an overview of brain injury, from who is sustaining these injuries to the mechanism of the injury on the brain. Participants will learn about how to identify someone with a brain injury, and how to build accommodations into their work to improve outcomes for these individuals.

o Attendees will be able to describe brain injury, its prevalence, and its impact on communities
oAttendees will be able to recognize brain injury and develop strategies for individuals with whom they're working
oAttendees will be able to discuss a basic overview of brain injury rehabilitation and resources
Liz Gerdeman, MA, is the Director of Professional Programs for the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado, with whom she's worked for seven years. She received her Master’s Degree in International Disaster Psychology from the University of Denver. Liz has served on multiple committees with the goal of improving access to care, she co-founded the Colorado Youth Concussion Education Consortium whose mission is to promote accurate and consistent concussion management information to medical providers across the state, and she has worked in brain injury research at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Liz provides training to community organizations working with individuals with brain injury, building capacity within systems to better serve our clients and ensure they are connected to valuable resources.

Gender Awareness in Therapeutic Horsemanship, Abby Simon
This course will discuss strategies for how to be welcoming and inclusive for gender expansive clients, and will specifically talk about definition of gender, gender inclusive language and clinical techniques.
Abby Simon is a licensed social worker who works with gender diverse youth and young adults. She helps them explore the ways that gender integrates with their mental health and relationships. As well as helping to advocate for safe and inclusive spaces.

Addiction, Julie Garchow, MD, and Annie Mascorro
Dr. Julie Garchow
graduated from UCLA with a BS in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology with a minor in American Indian Studies. She then received her Medical Doctorate at the University at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biological Sciences. She completed her residency in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California Davis Medical Center. She currently lives in Sacramento, California and works at Chapa-De Indian Health in Auburn, California. She practices full spectrum family medicine with a special interest and training in addiction medicine and prenatal care. She is a part of a Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) care team for Opiate Use Disorder.
Annie Mascorro received her B.A. in Latin American Studies with an emphasis on poetry from Pomona College, her M.F.A. in poetry from The University of Montana, and her B.S in nursing from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. She is currently pursuing her certification in poetry therapy through the National Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy. She is a Certified Addictions RN with experience in both inpatient detox and outpatient psychiatry and medical settings. She is the Nurse Case Manager for Substance Use Disorders at Chapa-De Indian Health where she manages the clinic’s Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program for patients with Opioid Use Disorder. She and the MAT team also provide outreach and presentations to local community partners including county public health services, the county jail system, the local Emergency Department, and non-profit community aid programs. She also offers community poetry workshops and classes with an emphasis on poetry for wellness and healing.

Executive Functioning Challenges in Individuals With ASD, Elizabeth Coan, PsyD 
This presentation will identify and describe the role of executive functioning in learning, social relationships and emotion regulation. It will highlight common executive functioning challenges and differences in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and discuss how these may manifest behaviorally. Specifically, difficulties related to flexibility, perspective taking and Theory of Mind will be discussed in detail. The executive functioning challenges behind difficult behaviors will be explored and strategies for supporting these challenges will be discussed.
Dr. Liz Coan is a faculty member at University of Colorado where she works as a Clinical Psychologist in the department of Developmental Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She also has a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Coan received her masters and doctorate degree from the University of Denver and completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Children's Hospital Colorado. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders, with specialty focus in developmental delays, Autism spectrum disorder and Fragile X Syndrome. Dr. Coan’s areas of special interest include adapting behavioral and cognitive behavioral interventions for children with developmental differences, assessment of developmental disabilities and comorbid mental health concerns, program development, teaching and parent coaching. She has prior experience as an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapist and has worked with children with developmental differences for over ten years.

How Much Are You Worth? Kitty Stalsburg
This presentation is designed to encourage attendees to evaluate their current value proposition as a means to increasing earned revenue potential. Attendees will gain tools to help them calculate the actual cost of services vs the fee for service. Attendees will be encouraged to increase their awareness of the subsidy gap created and the hard questions that necessitates.
Kitty Stalsburg has been involved in therapeutic riding since 1986. A PATH Intl (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) Master Instructor, she is the Executive Director of High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc. In her role as Executive Director, Kitty interacts daily with participants, parents, educators, health professionals, instructors and other staff. Kitty coordinates and lectures for the PATH Intl Approved Instructor Training Courses as well as other educational courses offered at High Hopes. Kitty has lectured on various topics relating to the field locally, nationally and internationally. A life long equestrian, Kitty holds a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Cornell University. Active in PATH Intl since 1987, Kitty is a PATH Evaluator, Visitor, past Chair of Accreditation and Standards Committees as a former PATH Intl Board member and Past President. Residing in Lyme, Connecticut with her husband Rob Hageman. Kitty enjoys riding, biking, kayaking and skiing. 

Final Schedule (all times on schedule are in Mountain Time)

Tuesday April 24

9 - 9:15 a.m.
9:15 - 10 a.m.
10 - 10:15 a.m.
10:15 - 11 a.m.
11 - 11:15 a.m.
11:15 - 11:45 a.m.
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
12:30 - 12:45 p.m.
12:45 - 1:30 p.m.
1:30 -1:45 p.m.
1:45 - 2:15 p.m.
2:15 - 3 p.m.
3 - 3:15 p.m.


Kathy Alm opens
Session 1 - Abby Simon
Session 2 - Debi Buzanowski-Stowell
Session 3 - KC Henry
Session 4 - Bunny Young
Session 5 - Kitty Stalsburg

Wednesday April 25

9 - 9:45 a.m.
9:45 - 10 a.m.
10 - 10:45 a.m.
10:45 - 11 a.m.
11 - 11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
12:15 - 12:30 p.m.
12:30 - 1:15 p.m.
1:15 - 1:30 p.m.
1:30 - 2:00 p.m.
2 - 2:45 p.m.
2:45 - 3 p.m. 


Session 1 - Julie Garchow and Annie Mascorro
Session 2 - Elizabeth Coan 
Session 3 - Chris Cook
Session 4 - Liz Gerdeman
Session 5 - Kathryn Guillot-Blankenship

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibitor?

Sponsoring or exhibiting at the PATH Intl. Virtual Conference is an ideal way for you to gain valuable exposure while showing your support for PATH Intl., our members, and the thousands of people who benefit from EAAT services each year. Sponsors and exhibitors get direct access to a diverse and influential group of consumers, where exhibitors showcase their products to a targeted audience in our conference exhibit hall breakout rooms, and sponsors receive brand recognition and positive marketing opportunities. The quantity and type of exposure is dependent on the sponsorship level. If you are interested please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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