Equine Services for Heroes

PATH-Intl-Heroes-RGB-web-sm“Appreciating the power of the horse to change lives is our goal,” said Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH International) Past President Dr. Paul Spiers, “and PATH International wants to provide positive change for these very special lives. Our service personnel have fought to preserve our freedom, and, for many, at a very dear cost. We must be certain that if our wounded service personnel and veterans need and want this kind of help, they will get the best PATH International has to offer.” 

PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® Mission

PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® assists military veterans through services provided by PATH International members and by providing leadership and guidance for equine assisted activities and therapies.

To accomplish this mission, PATH International centers connect with Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and Clinics, as well as individual veterans. Veterans of any age can benefit from the program and by being involved with equines.

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PATH Intl. Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)-PTSD for Veterans Online Course

Available for Purchase On Demand!

Help veterans with PTSD symptoms achieve a better quality of life or start a program to help veterans with PTSD symptoms in your area.
The course and curriculum is for mental health providers and equine specialist teams to work with veterans with post-traumatic stress symptoms. This protocol provides training for experiential group therapy for Veterans with PTSD through equine-assisted psychotherapy. PATH Intl. was awarded funding by the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) to support the development of an online training to utilize the research-based curriculum developed through the Man O’War (MOW) Project at Columbia University.
 

Online course price per team

PATH Intl. Member discount price: $399 (One of the team must be a PATH Intl. member)
Standard price: $499
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During this course, learners will utilize the EAT-PTSD treatment manual written by the team at Columbia University, accompanied by explanatory and demonstrative video content to learn to facilitate this treatment. Course enrollees will also be given access to an exclusive PATH Intl. Member Connection Community for continued peer and expert support.
 
After completion of this course, the treatment team will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of EAT-PTSD and its development.
  2. Possess a greater understanding of veteran culture and PTSD.
  3. Understand the role of assessments.
  4. Demonstrate competency regarding treatment team roles, including the equine.
  5. Facilitate all eight sessions of EAT-PTSD treatment.
  6. Indicate appropriate equine selection for participation in EAT-PTSD.
  7. Employ treatment guidelines for EAT-PTSD.
  8. Understand and address clinical contingencies and difficult situations.
  9. Demonstrate the benefits of group experiential therapy and how it differs from traditional alternatives.
  10. Treat veterans with PTSD symptoms, utilizing a research-based protocol proven to reduce symptoms. 

Team criteria

The PATH Intl. EAT-PTSD protocol requires a licensed mental health professional and an equine specialist to facilitate. Therefore the online training must be taken by a team of one licensed mental health professional and one certified equine specialist.
 
Mental health professional qualifications
  • The therapist or counselor must be licensed to practice where the treatment will be provided
  • The therapist or counselor must provide valid credentials at the time of purchase.
  • The therapist or counselor's scope of practice must include PTSD, anxiety, suicide prevention/intervention and group therapy
  • It is beneficial to have previous experience with veterans, group therapy and equine-assisted services.
Equine specialist (ES) qualifications
  • The ES must currently be certified, not in-progress.
  • The ES must have a current ESMHL certification from PATH Intl. or certification from Eagala or CHA.
  • It is beneficial to have previous experience with veterans. 
The curriculum includes:
  • Five hours of video training
  • Comprehensive manual produced by Columbia University and the Man O’ War Project
  • Access to the PATH Intl. Member Connection community for EAT-PTSD providers
  • Fourteen PATH Intl. CEUs for each team member
  • Certificate of completion 
Required to conduct treatment:
  • Round pen or small arena
  • 2-3 suitable horses
  • Licensed mental health professional
  • Equine specialist holding a certificate from PATH Intl., Eagala or CHA 

More on the project

PATH Intl. was granted funding to help develop, implement and evaluate the training program for delivery of a first of its kind, evidence-based equine-assisted group treatment for veterans with significant PTSD symptoms. The overarching goal is to disseminate the EAP-PTSD program to the larger field of mental health professionals and equine specialist teams thereby significantly increasing the availability of the only existing research-based EAP curriculum and treatment for veterans with PTSD.
 
The EAP-PTSD program was developed by Drs. Prudence Fisher and Yuval Neria, co-directors of the Man O’ War Project at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. The Man O’ War team, prepared a well-specified manual, the first of its kind in the field of mental health services incorporating equines, which they then tested in an open trial of veterans with PTSD, demonstrating a measurable reduction of PTSD and depressive symptoms (Hillburn et al., 2017, Fisher et al., 2018). 
 

MOW and PATH Intl. partnered on this project, each bringing their expertise to make this curriculum and training effective and ultimately available to EAP providers all over the country. This in turn will provide access to this proven treatment to hundreds of veterans with PTSD and other trauma and stressor-related symptoms. The PATH Intl.–MOW partnership is a perfect match of verified curriculum, subject matter experts, training experience and a network of experienced EAP providers. Together, they used their vision and experience to successfully create, implement, evaluate and disseminate a training program to deliver EAP-PTSD.

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WWP Scholarship

The 2019-20 WWP Grant year is drawing to a close this month. October 1st will begin a new funding year, and a bit of paperwork to keep everything running smoothly. Whether you are already participating or are new to the program, please complete this application to participate in the 2020-21 PATH Intl./WWP Scholarship.

This is an open enrollment program, and your Premier Accredited Center may apply for participation at any time throughout the year. However, if you apply now, the Teammates at WWP will be able to see your center as an option for interested Warriors and send referrals for you. Having your center’s paperwork completed early allows for the quickest and most seamless service for Warriors throughout the year.

**Current Participants** Valid referrals dated no earlier than April 2020 will automatically be valid in the new grant year. If you know of an individual who would like to participate but has an older referral, please let me know and we will address this on a case-by-case basis.

We will be notified of the status of our VA Adaptive Sports Grant application by September 30, 2020. We have received this award six years in a row, and eagerly anticipate acceptance again.

VA Direct Service & Equipment Grant

We regret to inform you that PATH International has not been recommended for funding through the 2020-21 VA Adaptive Sports Grant. 

Unfortunately, this means that neither the VA Direct Service nor the VA Equipment grant will be available through PATH International for the October 2020 – September 2021 grant year. The WWP Scholarship fund is still available for this period.

For those of you who have already completed the application, we apologize for the inconvenience. We opened the application early in the hopes of extending the reimbursement period from Jan – Jul to Oct – Aug. We certainly did not anticipate being denied after so many years of funding.

Please stay tuned for updates regarding the October 2021 – September 2022 VA grant cycle!

Support PATH International Equine Services for Heroes®

horse and rider with sidewalkerThank you for your interest in supporting PATH International Equine Services for Heroes®. We appreciate your desire to help our veterans. Please help PATH International further fund and develop this program by making a contribution. We invite you to make an online contribution to PATH International Equine Services for Heroes. To mail a donation or to make a donation via telephone, please use the contact information below:

PATH International Equine Services for Heroes
PO Box 33150
Denver, CO 80233

Related Links

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February 2020: Vet Activity -- Using Your Senses

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