2014 Conference Session Videos

At the 2014 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual meeting, approximately 30 conference and Community Connections day presentations were recorded in order to make these wonderful presentations available to those unable to attend the conference.

PATH Intl. is pleased to announce that a portion of these videos are now available to the PATH Intl. membership for purchase. Each video purchased can be used as one hour of continuing education for PATH Intl. Credentialed Professionals on their instructor compliance report. Click on the title to shop for that video.

Disclaimer: While conference sessions and webinars are vetted by PATH Intl., presenters all have their own opinions and views. Therefore, views expressed by presenters are not necessrily the view of PATH Intl. For legal matters, please remember to consult your own legal professional.

Price:

$20 members; $30 non-members

Keynote Address: Applying Therapeutic Principles to EAAT in Military Veterans With PTSD

Equine Services for Heroes Community: CCA1

PATH International Equine Services for Heroes is pleased to offer this keynote address. James Spira, PhD, MPH, is director of the National Center for PTSD, Pacific Islands Division, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as a professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Hawaii, School of Medicine. A prolific author and researcher, he will share his more than 17 years of experience working with veterans and their families and address the applications of therapeutic principles to EAAT in veterans with

Trials, Triumphs and Lessons Learned From Creating Programs for Veterans and Their Families

Equine Services for Heroes Community: CCC1

PATH Intl. experts from different regions will address the creation or expansion of veteran and family programs by describing novel programs and innovative activities in the fields of EFP and EAAT and by providing ideas and methods for connecting and partnering with outside agencies and groups.

PTSD: Can Horses Really Help HD -- NEW

PATH International Equine Services for Heroes Community: CCD1

Dr. James Spira, Robin Kilcoyne, Army veteran and Executive Director of Queen of Hearts Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc., in Jurupa Valley, CA, and Jeff Hensley, Navy veteran and Veteran's Program Counselor for EQUEST, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Wylie, TX, share their distinctive perspectives as providers as well as recipients of EAAT, addressing challenges, lessons learned, and the way ahead.

Equine Assisted Therapy for Adolescent Depression Research Review and Study HD -- NEW

Research Track: B2

Discover effective equine-assisted therapies for mild to moderate adolescent depression. Adolescent depression is a disabling condition with long-term negative consequences. Evidence-based treatments to improve outcomes exist and have been adapted within an EAAT framework.

Kimberly Hoagwood, PhD, is vice chair for research in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine. She also works with the Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Services at the New York State Office of Mental Health. Meghan Morrissey, BS, MSW, is part of a research team at New York University Child Study Center studying the efficacy of equine therapies. Meghan was first introduced to EAAT as a volunteer in Argentina, at Fundación Cordobesa de Equinoterapia. Meghan is a PATH Intl. Instructor-in- Training and volunteer with Gallop NYC in New York City.

Build the Castle of Your Dreams HD -- NEW

Good Vibrations Track: B3

Build a sensory integration castle for your riding center by teaming up with local businesses and Splash Community Projects, an international project management company in the United Kingdom specializing in corporate team building.

Anthony Busacca is a PATH Intl. Certified Master Instructor, with more than 25 years' experience in EAAT. As a PATH Intl. Lead Faculty/Evaluator, he has conducted workshops and certifications around the world. He currently serves as a site director with SIRE, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Houston, TX.

Reflexes Development Hippotherapy and Home Programs HD -- NEW

Research Track: B5

Learn how the stages of development are dependent on the body’s reflexes and how the use of reflex integration strategies and home programing is a successful treatment for hippotherapy.

Heidi Sovacool has a BA degree in occupational therapy. She is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and AHA, Inc. Level 1 therapist. She provides consultant and supervisory services for Nature’s Edge Therapy Center in Rice Lake, WI.


Riding Free: Initial Research Results of the Parent Report of Post Traumatic Symptoms PROPS HD 1 -- NEW

Research Track: C5

Discover how the Riding Free™ program offers effective therapeutic horsemanship to children with PTSD and how research data supports improved outcomes.

Dené Mitchell, the research study primary investigator, received her Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree and her BA degree in psycho- biology from Arcadia University. The Riding Free™ program originated as an MPH internship project but has since evolved into the full implementation and research of the Riding FreeTM program, sponsored by Sebastian Riding Associates. Christine Hanebury, the research study co-investigator and instructor of the Riding Free™ program, is the general manager of Sebastian Riding Associates in Collegeville, PA.

Creating Effective EFP Internships for Pre-Licensed Psychotherapists

Mental Health & Learning Track: D2

Teaching pre-licensed psychotherapists to be effective EFP practitioners requires thoughtful, comprehensive internship training and supervision.  Learn how licensed psychotherapist, EAAT program administrators and pre-licensed therapists can design and implement effective EFP internships.

Martha McNiel is a licensed marriage and family therapist and PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor.  Currently, she teaches master’s level courses on equine-facilitated psychotherapy at two colleges/universities and is the founder and director of DreamPower Horsemanship, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in San Martin, CA.

Minis in the Field HD -- NEW

Program Track: D4

Go mobile as you find how well-trained miniature horses can easily expand your EAAT program. Volunteer development and training makes a mini mobile program fun, safe and successful!

Rachel Royston, a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor, Mentor and volunteer trainer, has been involved with therapeutic horsemanship for six years, training EAAT horses for three years. Cody Bogard is a certified farrier with the American Farriers Association, a member of the American Association of Professional Farriers and an Accredited Professional Farrier. She has been involved in therapeutic horsemanship for 15 years and has trained EAAT horses for 10 years. Together they have developed horse handling training for volunteers at Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources, Inc., a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Cicero, IN.
This educational video may be used by PATH Intl. Credentialed Professionals as one hour of continuing education on their instructor compliance report.

The Benefits of Therapeutic Riding for Children With Autism and the Generalization to the School Classroom

Research Track: E5

Gain insight into the effects of therapeutic riding on the social responsiveness and sensory processing of children with autism in their school classroom.  This study provides quantitative evidence that therapeutic riding can be an effective intervention.

Sandra Ward is a professor of education and nationally certified school psychologist.  Nancy A. Paschall, BS. PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, is the executive director at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Williamsburg, VA. She teaches nonprofit management at Rappahannock Community College. Kim Wendell is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and Associate Site Visitor and is the school group coordinator for DreamCatchers at the Cori Sikich Riding Center, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Williamsburg, VA. Thomas Ward is a professor of education, teaching research and statistics.

When to Build? An Interactive Conversation About Capital Campaigns and Building Fundraising Capacity to Sustain Beyond the Build -- NEW

Administrative Track: F1

Assess your organization's strengths and growth readiness. Capital campaigns can make or break an organization, and there are key factors that determine your readiness to grow and sustain that growth.

Dana Butler-Moburg is the executive director at J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in San Juan Capistrano, CA. Dana started the then NARHA Administrative Task Force and received the NARHA Founder's Award in 2007.

Psychotherapy 101 Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy Ethics and Skills for Equine Specialists HD -- NEW

Mental Health and Learning Track: F2

Many equine specialists lack confidence in their knowledge of psychotherapy. Examine the most important skills and ethical considerations for equine specialists.

Hallie Sheade, LPC, has an MS degree in professional counseling and is a doctoral candidate completing her PhD degree in counseling. She is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. Lindsay Box has an MEd degree in counseling and is a licensed professional counselor intern who serves veterans and their family members, other adults, adolescents, couples, families and those suffering from addiction. Hannah Yterdal is a student working toward her Master's degree in counseling, a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning.

How Horse Culture Affects Sustainability and Risk Management

Good Vibrations Track: F3

How you act, think and talk about horses affects sustainability, risk management and assessment practices.  Take a deeper look at anthropomorphism and equine welfare principles for shaping and maintaining your program’s horse culture.

Nina Ekholm Fry is a director of equine-assisted mental health and associate professor of counseling at Prescott College in Arizona, an executive board member of the Certification Board for Equine Interaction Professionals (CBEIP), and the editor of Scientific and Educational Journal of Therapeutic Riding.

Improved Client Service Through Program Enhancement

Program Track: F4

Increase the effectiveness and sustainability of collaborative community relationships by focusing on concrete translatable outcomes that meet your community’s true needs.

Trisha Egleson is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor a member of the PATH Intl. Quality Assurance Task Force and the program director for Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources, Inc., a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Cicero, IN.

The Effects of Equine Handling on the Biomechanics of Mounted Human Subjects

Research Track F5

Learn about cutting edge research on equine movement and its effects on mounted subjects using three equine handling methods. Methods, equipment, results and implications for the industry will be included.

Celia Bower PT, HPCS, is director of therapy services at Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center of East TX, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Longview, TX, and has utilized hippotherapy in practice for 10 years. She is active in research efforts to validate equine movement. Margo Dewkett is executive director/ head instructor, PATH Intl. Certified Master Instructor at Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center of East TX, Driving Instructor Level II, Instructor Evaluator and serves on the Texas Tech University Equestrian Advisory Board of Directors.

Documenting Effectiveness: Using Logic Models to Incorporate Research Into Your Program SD -- NEW

Research Track: G5

Learn how to establish protocols that document the effectiveness of services to participants and how to interpret research findings. Attendees will be introduced to logic modeling as a tool, including the application of logic models to program planning, evaluation and research.

Sandra Ward is a professor of education and nationally certified school psychologist. Thomas Ward is a professor of education, teaching research and statistics.

Creating a Culture of Quality HD -- NEW

Administrative Track: H1

Are you interested in creating a culture of quality at your center? Discover how standard operating procedures can elevate your operations by improving consistency, clarifying roles and increasing efficiency.

Leslie Mapes has been a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor with Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Chagrin Falls, OH, for 13 years and was recently hired into the newly created position of chief operating officer.

The Circular Classroom: Interactive Vaulting for School Groups HD -- NEW

Program Track: H4

Use interactive vaulting for a large group of elementary school special education students and create a format that guarantees a dynamic, educational and safe experience.

Anja Cain has an MEd degree in music education from the Universitaet der Kuenste, Berlin, Germany. She is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and teaches interactive vaulting group lessons at Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Johns Island, SC. Amanda Gerald has an MS degree in human development and early childhood disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor and an Interactive Vaulting Instructor.

The Right Team, Right Now

Administrative Track: I1

Investing in effective performance management techniques and staff development allows even broken teams to rebuild a solid foundation of exceptional service, team cohesion and professional growth.

Trisha Egleson is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor a member of the PATH Intl. Quality Assurance Task Force and the program director for Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources, Inc., a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Cicero, IN.

EAAT Treatment of Developmental Complex Trauma: Theory Application and Research HD -- NEW

Mental Health & Learning Track: I2

The Theory of Equine-Facilitated Change offers the potential for humans and horses to form strong social bonds, serving as the vehicle of change. Explore this model for treatment of trauma in children.

Elizabeth Freund, MA, is the owner of Healing Tales School of Equine Facilitated Learning and has presented the Theory of Equine Facilitated Change in several venues. Christine Para, LCSW, is a certified alcohol and drug counselor and an integrative experiential therapist working with adolescents. Laura Benton, PsyD, is an associate professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, with areas of interest in child and adolescent psychology and psychopathology, complex trauma and psychological testing.

Fun Workshop for Volunteers HD 1 -- NEW

Good Vibrations Track: I3

Enjoy three workshops in one fun-filled session: A desensitizing workshop: “Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Bag”; observations of horses and their behavior workshop: “Who Moved Who”; and an etiquette, observation and anticipation in handling horses workshop: “Do You Know Where Your Horse Is?”

Pam Rogan is the founder and executive director of Harmony Farms, Inc., in Rockledge, FL, and a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor.

Creating an Instructor-in-Training Program

Program Track: I4

Create or enhance an Instructor-in-Training program with guidance from an experienced team.  Take-home Instructor-in-Training program manual and sample documents will be explained thoroughly by the presenters.

Kelly Rodgers is the program director at Maryland Therapeutic Riding Inc., a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Crownsville, MD, and is a PATH Intl. Certified Master Instructor, Associate Site Visitor and Maryland State Chair.  She has a BS degree in equine business management.  Katie Streett is the head instructor at Maryland Therapeutic Riding and is a PATH Intl. Advanced Instructor and Associate Site Visitor.  She has an MS degree in counseling psychology.  

Dynamic Collaboration: Maximizing Communication During Therapeutic Riding

Mental Health & Learning Track: J2

Discover the benefits of hippotherapy on behavioral and communications skills and how to establish successful collaborative relationships between riding instructors and speech/language therapists.

Karyn Lewis Searcy, MA, CCC-SLP, has worked with both adults and children in rehabilitative hospitals, schools and outpatient clinics.  She founded the San Diego Crimson Center for Speech & Language.  

Heads Up! We’re Growing and That Means Change!

Good Vibrations Track: J3

Understand the impact of growth for a center and how to apply a systems perspective by making decisions based on data instead of opinions or emotions.

Sandy Webster, PATH Intl. Certified Master Instructor, Mentor, Lead Faculty and Site Visitor, is president of Gaits of Change.  She was the 2012 PATH Intl. James Brady Professional Achievement Award recipient.  Nancy A. Paschall, BS. PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, is the executive director at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Williamsburg, VA.  She teaches nonprofit management at Rappahannock Community College.

Skill Building: Laying a Foundation for Success

Program Track: J4

Evaluate current progression systems and, using different systems of skill building, create an appropriately challenging skill progression plan to advance riders toward independence.

Melissa Conner, with Renew Therapeutic Riding Center in Holland, MI, is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor, Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, Mentor, Associate Evaluator, Site Visitor, Standards Course Faculty and a member of the Riding Certification subcommittee. 

 

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