SATURDAY, July 31, 2021 LOCATION: Arkansas Convention Center Texarkana
7:00 - 8:00 a.m.Registration
8:00 - 8:30 a.m. PATH Intl. Region 8 Regional Meeting
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. LSTEN Annual Meeting
Session E 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. E1, Behind the Behavior: Understanding Our Riders With Autism Spectrum Disorder Part 1 DE Do you work with clients who display unpredictable or inappropriate social behavior, including aggression toward themselves, other people or animals? Do you struggle to find an effective way to communicate with riders who live in a parallel world? Understanding what triggers unwanted behavior is the first step to preventing it, and prevention is better than reaction.
Keith O'Connor, MA, CCC-SLP, is a speech and language pathologist for Katy ISD in Houston, Texas. He has extensive experience working with people with autism spectrum disorder in the school setting and as a therapeutic riding program volunteer.
Anthony Busacca is the education director for Reining Strength Therapeutic Horsemanship in Richmond, Texas. He is a PATH Intl. Master Riding Instructor, ESMHL and CTRI with over 30 years of experience in the therapeutic horsemanship profession.
** UPDATED ** E1, OPEN
Session F 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. F1, Behind The Behavior: Understanding Our Riders With Autism Spectrum Disorder Part 2 DE Continuation of E1.
F2, Strategic Planning CE Take the mystery out of strategic planning. Learn how to create and maintain a three-year rolling strategic plan in this interactive session. Includes examples and templates. You will leave with an outline for your center or your portion of the business.
John D’Andrea has 35+ years’ experience in the aerospace, heavy equipment/agriculture and high tech industries doing operations, product development, manufacturing, supply chain and business process design. In addition, for the last 20 years he also worked in nonprofit space as a volunteer, board member and now executive director for a therapeutic horseback riding center.
11:45 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch and PATH Intl. Update
1:15 - 1:45 p.m. PATH Intl. Field Test Standards Hearing
Session G 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. G1, How Does Your Horse Feel About That? A Review of Current Research Examining Welfare Implications for Horses in EAS Part 1 CE What do we know about how equine-assisted services impacts our horses' welfare? How do horses experience different types of clients? Is EAS harder or easier on horses than recreational riding programs? In this presentation, we will review a comprehensive list of past and current peer-reviewed scientific research examining equine welfare in EAS and the unifying themes and conclusions. We will also touch on emerging ideas and priorities in research and speculate what the future of research in this field may look like.
Christine Rudd is a PhD student at Texas Tech University studying welfare indicators for horses working in equine-assisted services and is the lab manager for the Equine Assisted Counseling and Wellness Lab at TTU. She is a PATH Intl. Advanced Instructor and CTRI, serves on the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee, and is a Level 2 Eventing instructor through the American Riding Instructor's Association. She worked as the equine manager and taught at Equest in Dallas, TX for three years before starting her PhD. She received her master's degree in equine science from Aberystwyth University in Wales, and her bachelor's degree in equestrian studies from Averett University in Danville, VA.
G2, Center Sustainability and Navigating the New Normal CE The pandemic’s effect isn’t just temporary. With the impact of COVID-19 on center operations came opportunities for centers to adapt and create new ways of fulfilling their mission. Many of these new or adapted programs continue to be a vital part of services offered as we navigate the ways the pandemic has permanently impacted center operations. The pandemic also brought new ways of fundraising and financial operations. Assessing best practices and determining how your center will deliver on its mission in a financially sustainable way is key to ongoing organizational health and success. Join Kathy Alm, CEO of PATH Intl., as she explores successful new business and program practices and provides you with an opportunity to see how you might continue to pivot your center to successfully operate now and into the future.
Kathy Alm began her service as chief executive officer of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) in August 2014. For the previous 16 years she served as executive director of Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in Woodinville, WA. She grew the previously grassroots organization from a $280,000 annual operating budget to a professional $2.1 million organization. Kathy served as the PATH Intl. board president in the 2010-2012 term, first joining the board of trustees in 2005. She has facilitated numerous workshops and presentations on board, staff, fundraising and strategic planning and enjoys the opportunity to share her experience as well as learn from others. Her dedication to the field of equine-assisted services spans over 19 years with a passion that was ignited the moment she walked through the door at her first therapeutic riding center.
Session H 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
H1, How Does Your Horse Feel About That? A Review of Current Research Examining Welfare Implications for Horses in EAS Part 2 CE Continuation of G1.
H2, Autism Spectrum Disorder: A General Overview and Implications for Equine-Assisted Services DE This presentation will include an overview of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), its diagnosis, characteristics and common treatment approaches. Instructor tips for lesson planning, horse and tack assignment, communication style and behavior management strategies will also be discussed.
Shannon Middleton is a licensed speech language pathologist, PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI), PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL), and hippotherapy clinical specialist (HPCS). She has been incorporating equine movement into her speech therapy sessions for 15 years and has been a speech language pathologist for 29 years. She currently serves on the American Hippotherapy Certification Board (AHCB) and is a past member of the PATH Intl. Membership Outreach Committee as both chair and region representative.
Session I 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. I1, Down Syndrome: A General Overview and Considerations for Equine-Assisted Services DE This presentation will include the definition, cause and general characteristics of Down syndrome. Atlantoaxial instability and PATH Intl. Precautions and Contraindications will be reviewed. Horse and tack selection as well as instructor tips will be discussed.
Shannon Middleton see bio in session H2.
**UPDATED ** I2, Premier Accreditation for Dummies, Uglies and Onesies CE Why “My Center is TOO: small, poor, understaffed or ugly to become Premier Accredited” are bogus excuses. Following this step-by-step process, ANY center can work its way to successful accreditation. Walk away with a timeline, checklist and detailed spreadsheet for a site visit along with specific tips on how to build your team and even get your board involved. See a site visit book you can use as a template and laugh at what could have sunk a site visit so you can avoid them. Natalea Watkins learned about therapeutic horseback riding after sustaining a spinal cord injury that’s had her riding an electric "horse" for two decades. She showed up at the first session at Turning Point Ranch in Stillwater, OK, hoping to ride a “real horse” again. Instead, she’s been a board member, treasurer, PATH Intl. Certified Instructor, volunteer, Special Olympics coach, mentor, PATH Intl. ESMHL, conference planner, web master, T-shirt designer and center representative for site visits at two locations.
6:45 - 8:45 p.m. DinnerWith Guest Speaker Brian Donovan of “Kelly’s Hollywood” Film Screening with Q&A Honest and raw, Kelly’s Hollywood tells the intimate story of an aspiring actor who brings his sister, born with Down syndrome, out to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of becoming a Hollywood diva. But as her health begins to fail and she becomes increasingly jealous of his fiancée, he is forced to confront his co-dependent sibling relationship and the threat it is posing to his engagement.
Brian Donovan has been a professional actor for more than 30 years in film, television and radio. He has worked on-screen with such luminaries as Jim Belushi, Jim Carrey and Angelina Jolie. He has been the announcer for Disney and voices countless animated heroes; currently as Rock Lee from the juggernaut hit, Naruto. Presently, he can be seen in the indie films, Somebody’s Mother and Fame-ish.In addition, Brian has been the executive director of the Los Angeles Repertory Theater since 1994, producing and directing more than 50 inner-city high school workshops and live shows. He is also the creator, writer and producer of the Mighty Me Training Camp, a top ranking child’s self-empowerment program streamed by Discovery Education for more than five years. Brian lives in Los Angeles with his family and dog, Cosmo.