FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2020 LOCATION: R.O.C.K. in Georgetown, TX
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.Registration, Welcome, Networking
Session A 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. A1, Treating Trauma through EFP and Equine EMDR DE EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) is a proven mental health treatment for processing trauma. Equine EMDR utilizes the natural gait of the horse accessing the bilateral stimulation that is necessary for treating trauma in EMDR. In addition, the client’s connection to the horse and the sense of being "lifted, held and rocked" creates a unique corrective emotional experience in the mind and body. Equine EMDR creates an environment where clients can safely integrate trauma memories. Learning objectives: 1) How trauma is stored in body and mind 2) Use of equine in trauma therapy 3) What Equine EMDR looks like 4) Difference between EFP and EAL 5) Results of EFP sessions.
Ellen Pace, LMFT, LPC, LCDC is EMDR Certified, a PATH Intl. Certified ESMHL, and trained in Trauma-Focused Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy. She is a dually licensed therapist/counselor and certified equine professional who is trained in dealing with symptoms such as anxiety, depression, grief, and trauma. She has worked with hundreds of individuals, couples, families in the USA as well as internationally with orphans in Africa and Asia. She lives and has a private practice in Austin, Texas.
A2, Grant Writing Basics CE Take the mystery out of grant writing, you too can write grants! Better yet, find a volunteer to take on this task. How to get started, basic materials needed, how to track, and available resources. Government grant writing will not be covered.
Pat Roddy is a PATH Intl. Site Visitor.She hasbeen a volunteer for about 25 years with SIRE in Houston. She has served in many different capacities over the years. About 5 years ago, she began writing grants and has submitted many successful as well as unsuccessful applications.
A3, TBI and Post-Concussion Syndrome DE After traumatic brain injury, there is a wide range of presentation both physically, emotionally, and cognitively. Often there are other injuries that are also present including broken bones, loss of limb, neck and back injuries, as well as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. This presentation will provide the audience with a first-hand experience testimony given by a PATH Intl. CTRI, then will delve deeper to discuss the definition of traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome, common causes and treatments, a basic review of the Glascow Coma Scale, closed vs open injuries, neural plasticity, and how different areas of the brain present after injury. A short discussion of balance and how it is measured clinically will be presented, and a brief overview of BPPV. Finally, there will be a brief exploration regarding how to implement the information provided into your daily EAAT lessons.
Callee Dorman, CTRI became a PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor in November of 2016, just one month before graduating magna cum laude from Texas A&M University with a BS in Psychology. She has been on staff at ROCK, Ride on Center for Kids, in Georgetown, Texas since January of 2017. Callee sustained a mTBI which left her with months of therapy and changed her life. Kathleen Rosas PT, DPT joined the NeuroRestorative team as a full time physical therapist in October of 2019 after 4 years of experience in inpatient rehabilitation. While in inpatient rehabilitation, she had a wide range of exposure to different diagnoses including degenerative neurologic disorders, stroke, joint replacement, traumatic brain injury, general debility, multi-traumas, LVADs, and transplants. Kathleen earned her degree from Texas Woman’s University in Houston in 2015 and has spent her career in Austin. She is an Ekso Skeleton trained therapist and is planning on becoming a vestibular certified therapist as well as a certified brain injury specialist. Kymry Schmidt, MA CCC, SLP, CBIS is a certified/licensed Speech-Language Pathologist practicing in the field for over 13 years. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She specialized in adult neuro rehabilitation and has worked in acute care, inpatient, and outpatient/day program settings. Kymry is certified as a Brain Injury Specialist, a VitalStimPlus therapy provider, A Lee /Silverman Voice Specialist and a Teletherapy provider from the National Center for Telepractice.
Session B 6:15-7:15 p.m.
B1, Helping EAAT horses thrive: Fostering the biological, social, and emotional health of our equine partners CR All Our EAAT horses provide the foundation for the success of therapeutic programs. They have biological, social, and emotional needs that when successfully met foster their ability to be willing partners in our work. This presentation offers ideas for addressing the needs of therapy horses in a holistic fashion. At the end of the seminar, you will be able to answer the following questions: • What are the biological needs of therapy horses and how can we meet those needs to help therapy horses thrive? • What are the social needs of therapy horses and how can we meet those needs to help therapy horses thrive? What are the emotional needs of therapy horses and how can we meet those needs to help therapy horses thrive? Betsy Wisner, PhD is a PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. She is also a licensed social worker with a doctorate in social work and teaches graduate courses in social work. She has conducted research on equine therapy with veterans and has volunteered with several equine therapeutic programs. Betsy is passionate about helping horses to thrive. Diane O’Day Hunt is an Equine Assisted Learning Therapist and Barn Manager for Burke Center for Youth, a Texas Children’s Placement Agency and Residential Treatment Center for boys ages 11–17. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Horses and People Helping Each Other (HAPHEO.org), A 501c3 that provides food, medical, and rehabilitative training for horses in need. In addition, Diane directs Thousand Hearts Horse in Dripping Springs, Texas. Diane believes that every horse can serve a purpose, if provided the right environment.
B2, EAAT and ASL: Serving Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students DE Equine Assisted Activities/Therapies and American Sign Language: What PATH Intl. instructors and centers can do to include Deaf/Hard of Hearing students in their practice and communities. Learning Objectives: *Identify unique challenges serving this population *Safety precautions for Deaf/HoH students *Adaptations for EAAT in ASL. Veronica Looney, MS CCC-SLP, CTRI is a Speech Language Pathologist and Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor. She currently works as a therapist for a large residential school for the Deaf and teaches horsemanship in American Sign Language at Healing with Horses Ranch in Manor, TX.
B3, Why Experiential Learning Matters CE This presentation will cover the mutually beneficial results of University students working alongside individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities through experiential learning, and how this collaboration works from start to finish. We will identify the move from disability to diversity and from inclusion to belonging and discuss identifying needs in both your community and in your center that can mutually benefit. Jennifer Jones, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at Oklahoma State University. All of Dr. Jones’ endeavors are built on the core belief that disability is a natural part of human diversity and everyone benefits from inclusion. Her work in communities and in academia over the past 20 years have focused on improving the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. McKenzie Oefelein, CTRI is the Volunteer Coordinator and a PATH Intl. CTRI. McKenzie has been involved with PATH Intl. for 11 years and has expanded Turning Point Ranch's volunteer program by developing unique relationships in the community while developing skills of her volunteers. Rachel Royston, CTRI, ESMHL is the Executive Director of Turning Point Ranch and has been active in PATH Intl. for 12 years. As a CTRI, ESMHL & Mentor, she serves to assist in the development of clients, volunteers and staff.