SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, 2020 LOCATION: R.O.CK. Georgetown, TX
7:15 – 8:15 a.m.Cowboy Church
Session I 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. I1, Students At Risk/Alt Ed – Learners to Leaders Part 1 CE This workshop aims to demonstrate how to build a support base within your client base, through demonstrations of activities that work as both lesson plans and volunteer training. These are plans and activities I use at my center in school programming to introduce middle and high school at-risk/alt ed students to the program and to help them segue into active support roles for special needs sessions, while still being learners themselves. Learning objectives: To gather methods of integration of at risk/alt ed students into special needs sessions; To gather tools useful in smoothing the integration process; To broaden the scope of understanding of contributions and abilities at risk students offer the industry. Amanda (Mandy) Carter, CTRI, ESMHL is a certified high school English teacher and library media specialist, who has been involved in the EAAT industry for 11 years. She is the executive director of The Therapeutic Equestrian Association of McAlester, in McAlester, Oklahoma. She taught high school English for 10 years, and this is where she developed a calling to provide something more than classroom instruction to high school students at risk. Those students have shown her how to distribute how very much they have to offer to the rest of their community.
I2, ROCK On Veterans: Veteran Programs that Change Lives! DE ROCK’s Veterans Program (aka ROCK On Veterans) strives to empower our veterans and their families to move forward in their lives despite challenges experienced while serving in the military. ROCK has been serving military veterans since 2005. It has been an honor to work with these families and we have learned many lessons along the way. Veteran Program Coordinators from ROCK will have the following objectives for this presentation: 1. Discuss why we began a Veteran Women Only Class and in addition now offer Veteran Men’s Classes 2. Discuss what ROCK does that encourages and results in improved attendance 3. Discuss the challenge of funding issues 4. Discuss effective family programming ideas. Heidi Derning is a PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor who has had the joy of being in the EAAT Industry working with ROCK for 20 years. Her passions and motivation for staying healthy are her own family (husband, 3 grown kids & spouses, 7 grandchildren), her ROCK Family including the horses and all the activities she is able to enjoy with these loved ones. She is honored to work with Central Texas Veterans at ROCK for over 10 years. Her passion is working directly in programming involving veterans growing due to partnering with horses and community. Kevin Bowers is a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor who has a passion for working with military veterans and has been doing so first as a volunteer and then as an instructor for 5 Years. He was a cowboy working with mustangs way before he joined the ROCK family.
I3, Fundraising PhD for FREE CE You feel like a hamster in a wheel trying to raise more money faster to support your growing program, but you are a horse person not a fundraiser (or a hamster). Stir in the chaos of COVID-19 and 2020 is proving to be a nightmare of a year for fundraisers. This session will show you how to access blogs and FREE webinars from fundraising pros. You will learn how to get smarter every week PLUS find tips to share with your Board and colleagues so they can fundraise too. And, don’t worry, you’ll also see examples of the Best of the Best ideas so you will return home with action steps even before you enroll in your first webinar. Natalea Watkins see bio in session E2.
Session J 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. J1, Students At Risk/Alt Ed – Learners to Leaders Part 2 CE See session J2
J2, Logical Laterals Part 1 CR All Learn how to introduce laterals to your equine partner on the ground and transition this to ridden work. Lateral work is essential for equine partners soundness as it shows them how to transfer weight from the forehand to the haunches. Every instructor and every equine partner is capable of doing this work when it is broken down into ATHENA horse training’s system of clear, logical, and progressive steps. You will learn: - What are laterals- leg yield, shoulder in, renvers, travers, and half pass. – Why is lateral work necessary to strengthen equine partners physically and mentally. – How do you teach laterals to equine partners in a way that doesn’t stress them out? – How do you teach laterals to riders in a way that doesn’t stress them out? Betsy Kahl, LCSW, CTRI is a PATH Intl. Advanced Instructor and has taught lessons in New Hampshire, Ohio, and Texas. Currently, Betsy works as an instructor at ROCK in Georgetown, TX, and travels training other professionals and programs in New Trails Learning Systems’ ATHENA horse training program. Betsy also teaches workshops and lessons in ATHENA/Horse Boy Method, and Movement Method in Elgin, TX. Betsy completed her undergraduate work at the University of Notre Dame and earned her Master of Social Work at Cleveland State University. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Betsy has studied and practiced Animal Assisted Therapy, and has been able to partner with horses, dogs, turtles, snakes, and skunks to connect with others and facilitate change.
J3, Primitive Reflexes, Reactions, and Tone: Implications for EAAT DE This presentation introduces therapeutic riding instructors to the physiological concepts of primitive reflex, equilibrium/righting reactions and tone, and explores how each affects the rider’s performance and safety. It will review strategies for responding to reflexes, lack of equilibrium/righting reactions and varying presentations of tone and spasticity that challenge the rider. Jennifer Howicz, DPT, PTA has provided physical therapy services focusing on equine-assisted interventions since 2009 when she joined the Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) team at ROCK, Ride On Center for Kids as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Jen received her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2019. Jen has completed both Level I and Level II training from the American Hippotherapy Association. She is a member of AHA and PATH Intl., the Texas Physical Therapy Association and the American Physical Therapy Association, including the APTA Neurology and Pediatric Sections. She is certified in the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) BIG protocol for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. Jen works with children and adults who face physical challenges from a wide variety of diagnoses, including Cerebral Palsy, Angelman Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Spina Bifida, Spinal Cord Injury, Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury.
Session K 11:00 - 12:00 p.m. K1, Take Your Oxygen First...Yes You! CE This presentation is about valuable, practical information communicated for the purpose of supporting the EAAT Professional in the area of self-care. Compassion fatigue is a real thing in our industry. Skills that support all of us before, during and after our workday are a lifeline. Let’s learn a few more of these skills and share! Heidi Derning, Registered TRI see bio in Session I2
K2, Logical Laterals Part 2 CR All See session I1
K3, The Best Defense is a Good Offense: The Art of Handling Behavior in EAAT DE Learn techniques through the four maintaining functions of behavior to manage the sometimes challenging behavior of those with special needs, in order to provide the appropriate structure and boundaries to allow them to thrive, giving them a space to communicate safely and appropriately with their horses. Emilie Vogas, BCBA, CTRI is a licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She received her master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Disabilities from the University of Texas at Austin and has been working in the field for over 10 years. Her goal is to create space in the community for individuals with disabilities who might otherwise be denied those opportunities due to behavioral issues. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son.