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2018 Awards Program
Education Opportunities
AHP Equine Industry Survey
Driving Certification Program Update
Call for Abstracts: Regional Conferences
Workshops and Certifications
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PATH Intl. Online Education Calendar 
PATH Intl. is pleased to announce the 2018 winter and spring dates for the association's online courses. These may be used for instructor CEUs. Click on the date to register. Remember to log in to receive the member discount.

PATH Intl. Online Mentor Training Course

PATH Intl. Autism Spectrum Disorder & EAAT Online Course

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February 6, 2018 

Reminder: Deadline Approaching for the 2018 PATH Intl. Awards Program
Hank the horse eating grass with man standing beside him Hank, the 2017 PATH Intl. Equine of the Year from BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center, a premier accredited center in Harvard, IL, reminds everyone that nominations for the 2018 awards are due.

Nominations for all equestrians, credentialed professionals, volunteers, veterinarians and equines must be submitted by FEBRUARY 19, 2018 . This is to ensure that regional winners are notified in time for the 2018 regional conferences. Click here  to begin the process.
PATH Intl. Education Opportunities
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Looking for Ideas to Enhance Your EAL or EFP Programing?
Join PATH Intl. and Veronica Lac, PhD, LPC, and founder and executive director of the HERD Institute for a LIVE, two-hour online course, "Working with Participants Living with Eating Disorders in Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Equine-Assisted Learning."

Dr. Lac welcomes all PATH Intl. Certified Professionals (Riding Instructors, Equine Specialists in Mental Health and Learning, Driving Instructors and Interactive Vaulting Instructors), PATH Intl. Instructors in Training, mental health professionals active or interested in EFP, educators active or interested in EAL and program administrators to participate in this special offering.

This live course will only be available February 12, 2018, 1 to 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Learn more and register for this special offering today! You will not want to miss this unique opportunity to learn with an industry leader!

Registration Open for Third Special Education Presentation
This series was designed for special education teachers to heighten awareness of EAAT and the crucial role PATH Intl. Member Centers and Professionals play in the industry and to facilitate connections between them.

The third presentation in this three-part series is scheduled for Wednesday, February 21, 2018, from 3 - 4 p.m. Eastern Time. Registration for the third presentation in this series, "Riding Through Transition," is open now.

Topics covered in "Riding Through Transition" will cover how to meet transition needs of youths within your program, highlight advantages to creating a transition program at your center and examine important considerations in executing your own program.  The presenter in this exciting three-part series is PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and University of OklahomaZarrow Center for Learning Enrichment doctoral scholar, Andrea Suk, M.S.Ed. 

If you were not able to attend the first or second presentations in the series, you can still access the material! Both recordings are available free of charge in the online store.

Save the Dates
February's educational lecture series will highlight women-focused participant programing in EAAT.

PATH Intl. is thrilled to welcome Trish Broersma and Michele Kane, USMC Veteran, to February's online lecture line-up. Click on the titles to learn more about February's lectures: Designing & Developing an EAL Program for Breast Cancer Survivors: A Three-Part Series with Trish Broersma, February 14, 20, 28, 1-2 p.m. ET; Female Veterans & EAAT: Some Considerations with Michele Kane, February 21, 1-2 p.m. ET.
AHP Equine Industry Survey
American Horse Publications (AHP) launched its fourth Equine Industry Survey, sponsored by Zoetis. Horse owners who live in the United States, are 18 years of age and older, and who currently own or manage at least one horse are invited to complete the survey by April 1, 2018.

The survey, which is hosted every three years, will gauge participation trends and management practices in the U.S. equine industry, identify critical issues facing the equine industry as perceived by those who own or manage horses, and better understand issues pertaining to horse health.

PATH Intl. encourages its members if eligible to participate in this survey to help ensure equine-assisted activities and therapies is represented in the industry.
Driving Certification Program Update
Effective January 1, 2018, the PATH Intl. Driving Certification Subcommittee and Certification Oversight Committee have approved separation of the driving workshop and certification. All driving certification candidates will now be required to have a minimum of 60 days between completion of the driving workshop and certification. The reasons for this decision are rooted in supporting preparation and success of candidates. Due to the nature of therapeutic driving activities, an enormous amount of information must be delivered in the workshop. There continues to be an increase in candidates with minimal experience instructing individuals with disabilities applying to the certification program, and the workshop provides critical information that they have had little or no introduction to. Without adequate time to process and apply the concepts taught in the workshop, candidates have struggled to meet the criteria for certification. This has led to increased instances of resubmission and, as a result, increased expense for candidates. In an effort to support the success of candidates with various backgrounds and reduce financial impact to candidates, the updated program design includes built-in time for candidates to practice application of workshop concepts.

Refer to the updated driving instructor level I certification booklet for information regarding certification program requirements. Please contact Bret Maceyak, Credentialing Supervisor, with any questions about the updated process.
Center Renewal Late Fee Assessed after January 15
The deadline to renew center membership was December 31, 2017. The center renewal booklet and all items (including the invoice on pg. 2 of the booklet) must be completed and returned along with payment and a $60 late fee to the PATH Intl. office or completed online at

Click here to renew online. NOTE: The center's primary contact or executive director must be logged in to his or her personal account in order to renew online.

If you need to update the primary contact for your center, please send in a center change notification form or a premier accredited center change notification form.

Of course, if you prefer to send in a hard copy renewal, that is still an option. Download and complete the center renewal booklet and renewal invoice, and mail it in.

Centers that prefer to pay by check may now complete the center renewal booklet online and mail or use an electronic check for center membership dues.

For more information about renewing your center membership, please visit our FAQ page or the Center Renewal page

Registration Open for 2018 Regional Conferences
Registration is now open. Questions? Contact Kimberly Price.

Region 6
March 9-12, 2018
Waverly, MN
Freedom Farm
Registration closes Feb. 23, 2018
Click here for the brochure
Region 7
March 16-18, 2018
Gretna, NE
Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy HETRA
Registration closes March 2, 2018
Call for Abstracts for 2018 Regional Conferences
Calls for abstracts for the 2018 PATH Intl. Regional Conferences are now open. Click on the region name for the abstract form. Questions? Contact Kimberly Price.

Region 1
June 2-3, 2018
High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program
Sharon, VT
Submission Deadline February 12, 2018

Region 11 - NEW DATE
July 27-29, 2018
Shadow Hills Riding Club
Shadow Hills, CA
Submission Deadline April 13, 2018
August 3-5, 2018
College of Central Florida
Ocala, FL
Submission Deadline April 13, 2018

August 3-5, 2018
Redlands Community College
Redlands, OK
Submission Deadline April 13, 2018

September 22-23, 2018
Southern Tier Independence Center
Binghamton, NY
Submission Deadline June 1, 2018
PATH Intl. Events Calendar

Unless otherwise noted, contact Bret Maceyak at (800) 369-7433, ext. 114, with questions. All dates are subject to change. To register for an event, please contact the host site directly. You can locate contact information under Find a Center on the PATH Intl. homepage or on the PATH Intl. events calendar.

For a full list of events, including onsite workshops and certifications, visit the PATH Intl. events calendar.  

Advanced Instructor
Aug. 13-15, 2018 Healing Strides of VA *Certification Only* Boones Mill, VA

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning  Workshop and Skills Test  
Mar. 15-18, 2018
Apr. 3-6, 2018

Apr. 7-10, 2018
Apr. 12-15, 2018
May 24-27, 2018
Jul. 11-14, 2018
Aug. 21-24, 2018
Aug. 26-29, 2018
Nov. 16-19, 2018
Pegasus Farm
Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Riding Center
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center
Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center
Wings of Hope Equitherapy
Hearts & Horses, Inc.
Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
Hartville, OH
Toano, VA

Old Lyme, CT
Redmond, WA
Elbert, CO
Cleburne, TX
Loveland, CO
Santa Barbara, CA
Old Lyme, CT

Feb. 24-25, 2018
Inspire Equine Therapy Program *Driving Demo Workshop Only*
Clearwater, FL

Jul. 18-19, 2018
Ivey Ranch Park Association
Oceanside, CA

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