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Registered Instructor Criteria Additions
Center Renewal
Community Connections Corner
Equine Tips
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January 3, 2017 

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Registered Instructor Criteria Additions
The PATH Intl. Riding Certification Subcommittee and Certification Oversight have approved the following additions to the registered instructor criteria to ensure preparedness of registered instructors. The following criteria additions will be implemented January 1, 2017:

RT. 1.5 Know and practice emergency procedures, to include:
1) know and demonstrate an emergency dismount
2) know how to respond to an incident

RT. 3.2 Develop a lesson plan which includes:
1) a riding skill
2) a measurable objective related to the stated riding skill

RT. 3.3 Incorporate lesson activities suitable to the objective in the lesson plan

Competency of RT. 1.5 will be verified by the PATH Intl. Certified Riding Professional supervising the candidate's teaching hours and the following statement on the "Documentation of Group Teaching Hours" form must be completed by the supervising instructor:
I, ________________________, (PATH Intl. Certified Riding Professional's Printed Name) verify that  ________________________ (Candidate's Printed Name)
has practiced emergency response procedures, including demonstration of an emergency dismount.

All candidates who submit an instructor application and begin teaching hours after January 1, 2017, will be required to submit the updated "Documentation of Group Teaching Hours" form with the above statement.

Competency of RT. 3.2 and RT. 3.3 will be assessed by trained PATH Intl. Evaluators as part of the teaching component of certification.

Advanced and master instructor candidates are expected to demonstrate mastery of the registered instructor criteria and, therefore, will also be evaluated on aptitude of these additional criteria.
Center Renewal 
The deadline to renew your center membership was December 31, 2016. The Center Renewal Booklet and all items (including the invoice on pg. 2 of the booklet) must be completed and returned along with payment to the PATH Intl. office or completed online at by January 15 or will be assessed a $60 late fee

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.
Community Connections Corner
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This Month's featured Community Connections post is addressed to the Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy Community where a member asks:

Hi, is anyone out there using TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) within their EFP program? I would love more information about this.

If you have any advice to help this member, please click here to log into Community Connections and join the discussion.
From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee 
Preventing Barn Fires, Part I
By Tony L. Cochrane, AIA

In this first of a two-part article series, we discuss various causes of barn fires and how to prevent them. 
At least one devastating barn fire makes the news every year. For anyone who owns horses or manages farms, it is scary to hear of a barn fire. Could this happen to you?  Read more  

The PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee is committed to refining and deepening our perspective of equine well-being to include the physical, mental and emotional well-being of our wonderful four-legged partners. Join us on this journey. Please add your thoughts on the PATH Intl. Community Connections page. It is our desire that these tips start a further discussion on Community Connections. Any thoughts? We appreciate hearing from you!
NEW Online Courses Available
NEW PATH Intl. Standards Course
PATH Intl. is committed to making education for members more accessible by continuing to build its online course library. Currently, PATH Intl. only offers the standards course in person for individuals going through the accreditation or certification process. To increase the accessibility and address the high demand for this course, a new online PATH Intl. Standards Course will launch this month! This interactive, multi-module course is designed to help the learner gain a thorough understanding of the importance and application of the standards. Due to this new course being more comprehensive and appropriate for a wider audience, the online CAT Course exam will be phased out during the 2017 calendar year. As of February 1st 2017, all new certification and accreditation/reaccreditation applicants will be enrolled in the online standards course. All accreditation/reaccreditation and certification applications available on the website will be updated as of January 2017 to reflect this eventual transition.

What does this mean for you?  Click here for a sampling of scenarios to illustrate how this new course and requirements might affect your situation.

If you have questions about the new requirements and course, please contact Sara DePape for questions related to accreditation; for questions related to certification, please contact Bret Maceyak.

PATH Intl. Mentor Training Course
This four-week mentor training course meets the requirements to become an official PATH Intl. Mentor. Quality mentorship is a key component to achieving any level or discipline of certification. This skill development program has been created in response to the need for a formalized education process to enhance the skills of those who mentor. The objective is to increase the number of qualified mentors available to instructors in training and to provide current PATH Intl. Certified Professionals with a continuing education opportunity while enhancing personal observation, evaluation and feedback skills.

Questions? Email Stefani Viktora-Anderson.

Other Online Education Opportunities
Click here for information and registration for the Instructor Training for PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® online course, beginning January 6, February 1 and March 1.

Click here for information and registration for the PATH Intl. Spinal Cord Injuries, Paralysis & EAAT Online Course, beginning February 1.
SmartPak Horse of the Month
SmartPak is looking to choose the next Horse of the Month, which will receive $100 of SmartPak products for a month. Nominate your horse for a chance to win! Photos are highly encouraged!  
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
Feb. 16-18, 2017

April 8-10, 2017
May 22-24, 2017
Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center *Advanced Prep Workshop ONLY*
Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.
Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center
Augusta, MI

Tobaccoville, NC
Augusta, MI

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning  Workshop and Skills Test  
Feb. 23-26, 2017 
Mar. 22-25, 2017
Mar. 23-26, 2017
April 5-8, 2017 

June 15-18, 2017
July 8-11, 2017
Nov. 3-6, 2017
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center
Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship 
Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Riding Center
GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center
Wings of Hope Equitherapy
Touchstone Farm
Old Lyme, CT 
Bend, OR
Chatsworth, CA 
Toana, VA

Milford, PA
Cleburne, TX
Temple, NH

Interactive Vaulting
Oct. 8-11, 2017 Ivey Ranch Park Oceanside, CA

Mentor Training 
Mar. 24-25, 2017
April 2-3, 2017
May 15-16, 2017
May 19-20, 2017 
June 14-15, 2017
UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.
Ivey Ranch Park
Healing Strides of VA
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Potter's Ranch
Goffstown, NH
Oceanside, CA
Boones Mill, VA
Old Lyme, CT 
Union, KY

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