A2, PATH Intl. Standards and Centers Part 1 CE An overview of the 2021 PATH Intl. Standards and how they apply to centers.
Joan Cutler is a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding instructor, Advanced Instructor, Level 1 Driving Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. Joan is currently the veteran program manager for Equest in Dallas, TX. Joan has been involved with therapeutic horsemanship since 1992, starting as a volunteer at Equest. Joan is involved with PATH Intl. as a volunteer, serving as a PATH Intl. Lead Site Visitor as well as an Associate Registered Level Instructor Evaluator. Joan was recently honored as the recipient of the 2019 James Brady Professional Achievement award.
Session B 2:45 - 3:45 p.m. B1, Understanding Challenging Behavior as Communication DE An individual's behavior is an important form of communication. Challenging behaviors can often be misunderstood, especially with individuals who are non-vocal. By learning to understand what the behavior is telling us, we can respond to the individual and not the behavior by using a verbal behavior approach to learning and communication. Learn to understand the four functions of behavior, how to improve language and communication while reducing behavior, and gain an understanding of responding to the client or rider and not the behavior.
Brenda McCall is dedicated to inspiring learning. She attended Texas Tech University and completed her PhD degree in special education/qpplied behavior analysis with a research focus on peer mediated interventions to facilitate adolescents who are non-vocal. Brenda is a 10+ year special education teacher working with behavior challenged adolescents and an endorsed behavior coach. She is a lifelong horsewoman and has been involved in EAS for over 30 years. She is a USDF "L" graduate, a western dressage judge, the founder/executive director of Dream a Dream Therapeutic Horsemanship, and she is captivated by the spirit of the horse.
B2, PATH Intl. Standards and Centers Part 2 CE Continuation of A2.
Session C 4 - 5 p.m. C1, PATH Intl. Standards and Instructors Part 1 CE An overview of the 2021 PATH Intl. Standards and how they apply to both current and prospective instructors and therapists. What you need to know and how to be compliant with the standards.
Joan Cutler see bio in Session A2.
C2, An Introductory Survey of Volunteer Administrators CE Learn about the data collected through an EAS industry survey, and how continued research can help to shape the future of the industry. After an overview of the data, suggestions for developing industry best practices will be discussed as well as potential future research and how that might impact day-to-day operations of volunteer administrators in the EAS industry.
Amy Tripson, MSEd, is a PATH Intl. Advanced Instructor, CTRI, Mentor and CVA (Certified in Volunteer Administration).
Session D 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
D1, PATH Intl. Standards and Instructors Part 2 CE Continuation of C1.
D2, Arena for Four or More: How to Attain and Manage Larger Class Sizes CE Working with local schools and organizations are ways to help grow client numbers. It is also a way to reach individuals who would otherwise not be able to attain a service that a PATH Intl. PAC could provide. This can help centers operate to their fullest potential and connect with their community in a new way. The first half of this presentation will focus on ways that centers can start a relationship with local schools and organizations. Who do you call? How do you approach them? While centers often look forward to growing numbers, the center needs to understand the importance of being prepared to receive the type of new clients and the numbers of them. One class can consist of four to five individuals all at different learning and functioning levels. Instructors and centers must be open to the possibility of changing their classroom and arena management for a bigger and possibly more diverse class. The second half of this presentation focuses on classroom management skills that centers and instructors can utilize. Teaching a greater number of clients at once should not mean you lose the ability to give adequate one-on-one time with clients.
Corinna Fleming (formerly Mendez) is the ranch supervisor at Morgan’s Wonderland Camp in San Antonio, TX. She is a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor who teaches individuals of all ages and abilities in both riding and groundwork sessions. She received her master’s of education degree in recreation administration from Angelo State University and is currently working on her certified therapeutic recreation specialist certification through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.