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Registration Extended
Quality Assurance Call for Volunteers
Community Connections Corner
Staff Spotlight
Equine Tips
Special Educators Outreach Update
Workshops and Certifications
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October 3, 2017 

ICYMI: Registration for the PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting Information
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The office staff has heard from members daily who say they really want to come to San Antonio, but the past few months have been so rough they just can't do it. Member centers in Texas and Florida that planned to take their whole staff to the conference say they can now only send one person. Instead of feeling helpless, we are taking action! If ever there was a year to gather our community, this is it (and we promise amazing education opportunities too!). So even though the registration price was already cut to a rate lower than it's been in a decade, because we really hope everyone who wants to come can, this year only we are extending the following options:   

For PATH Intl./AHA, Inc. Members 
cover registration book The early bird member registration price of $450 will be available until October 13th, when we absolutely will have to cut it off. And we're sorry, but after that date members will only have the option to register onsite and pay the onsite fee.  C lick here  to register online. Or  click here  to download the registration bo ok. Then complete the form and fax, email or mail it in.

For ALL PATH Intl. Member Centers 
PATH Intl. Member Centers are eligible to receive ONE COMPLIMENTARY full registration when three or more individuals are registered and paid for (one per cent er). To take advantage of this discount, registration forms--one for each person registering--must be snail mailed or faxed together. The discount is only available for new registrations received after 9/21, is not available through online registration and cannot be combined with other offers.  Click here  to download the registration book. Then complete the form and fax, email or mail it in.

Silent Auction
It's that time of year again, silent auction! One of the most fun and most looked forward to events of the conference is the silent auction. Your items help make it that way!  Donate items to the PATH Intl. Silent Auction or the registration bags. Click here for the donation form. If you have any questions please email Cher Smith  or give the office a call at (303) 452-1212.

If you are interested in contributing to a region basket, please contact your region representative.

Conference App
As with last year, we will be launching an app for conference attendees again this year! Keep an eye out for information on how to download it and what features it will have.
Quality Assurance - Call for Volunteers for Quality Assurance Task Force
In alignment with the PATH Intl. strategic plan, the Board of Trustees has chartered a special task force to address quality assurance issues. This task force will work closely with staff to research and develop a sustainable quality assurance program for the organization. The program will address professional ethics, professional discipline, conflicts of interest and brand protection. We are looking for PATH Intl. members who have experience in quality assurance, professional conduct, assessment and implementation of best practices who are able to commit to monthly conference calls for one year. 
If you are interested, please send an email of your interest and qualifications to Carrie Garnett by 10/23/2017.  
Community Connections Corner
Community Connections banner This month's featured Community Connections post is addressed to the Administrator Community where a member asks:

Does anyone have a HIPAA policy used at your center that you would be willing to share? Thanks!

If you have any advice to help this member, please click here to log in to Community Connections. Join the discussion!
PATH Intl. Staff Spotlight
The PATH Intl. office has seen a few changes , and so in this and future eNews, we will introduce you to the new people (or in some cases, new positions with familiar faces as people have been promoted from within) with whom members will be working. 

Sarah Merrill, PATH Intl. Certification Representative, Certified Registered Instructor
Sarah Merrill When people ask, "How do I become an instructor," Sarah is the one who provides not only the answer but also the guidance to becoming certified. She is often the first contact people have with PATH Intl.

"I began riding jumpers at the age of seven and competed in numerous horse shows while living in San Diego," Sarah says. "When my family moved to Colorado I turned my attention to hunters. I attended Colorado State University and completed a Bachelor of Science degree in equine science. After graduation, I spent the summer teaching riding lessons in Virginia. Upon my return to Colorado, I began volunteering at a PATH Intl. center, obtained my PATH Intl. Registered Instructor Certification and then taught at various centers in Colorado. In 2008 I relocated to Tucson to work at a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited center. While in Tucson, I had the opportunity to gain new skills and become more confident as an instructor. It was here I switched from riding hunters to dressage. The barn where I rode had many opportunities for continuing education clinics that I took advantage of and found very beneficial to my riding progression and teaching. After working in the desert for more than seven years, I missed the Colorado mountains and relocated back to Colorado. I am excited to begin my new journey at PATH Intl.!"

Welcome, Sarah! 
Equine Tips From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee 
Keeping Our Horses Happy, Healthy and Sane: One Center's Approach to Equine Management
A short version of this article was posted to the PATH Intl. Equine Managers Facebook page, and it was requested of the author that she expand the content and make it available to all the PATH Intl. membership. Here is the expanded version.
Jenny Nell Hartung, Member of the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee

By Kristen Marcus
Children, Horses and Adults in PartnerShip (CHAPS) is a small program in Sheridan, WY. Our modest herd of 11 horses is made up of three American Quarter Horses, two Paint horses, two Percherons, two Haflingers and two Belgians.  Our management program has two primary focuses: provide top quality care and comfort to our horses and be efficient and economical in our care.  Read more

Check out this new opportunity to connect with the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee! Follow this link to engage in a discussion with members of this committee and other PATH Intl. members regarding this eNews Tip.
Update on Special Educators Outreach Campaign
In early 2017, PATH Intl. launched an outreach campaign for special education teachers to heighten awareness of EAAT and the crucial role PATH Intl. Member Centers and Professionals play in the industry. Through education, the objective is to facilitate connections between special education teachers and their local PATH Intl. Centers and Professionals to have them consider EAAT a viable activity for their students.

Following are some highlights of the campaign, including a new online education opportunity the association is excited to announce!

A FREE webinar will be held October 16, 2017 at 12 p.m., Mountain Daylight Time for anyone in EAAT interested in learning how to connect their center or services with schools.

"EAAT and IEPs -- Opening the Gate to Collaboration" is part of a FREE 
three-part series presented by PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and University of Oklahoma
Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment doctoral scholar Andrea Suk, M.S.Ed.

Andrea Suk
Andrea obtained her bachelor's degree as a learning behavior specialist from Bradley University. She has taught in both Illinois and Arizona as a high school special education teacher where she also quickly developed the role of preparing students for careers after graduation. Upon completing her master's degree in transition through the University of Kansas, she became a transition specialist in Texas. During this time, Andrea completed more than 150 transition plans for students in both high school and middle school settings. Andrea has received distinct recognition for her leadership as the ACE (Architecture, Construction and Engineering mentor group for high school students) mentor of the year in Phoenix, the Walmart Teacher of the Year (Glendale, AZ), and is a Target Grant Field Trip recipient.

Topics covered will include trends, goals, policies and terminology to help facilitate the connection to local schools and special educators. To register for the webinar, click here! The webinar will also be recorded and available in the store for purchase after October, 18. 2017.

The next two webinars in the series, also presented by Ms. Suk, will include ideas for connecting with special education students and connecting with special education teachers. Dates to be announced soon.

A "
Tips for Connecting with Your Local Special Education Community " fact sheet is now available for PATH Intl. members with input from a workgroup made up of PATH Intl. members who are also special educators.

PATH Intl. exhibited at the Council for Exceptional Children Convention, a gathering of more than 6,000 special education teachers in Boston, 5/19-22.

A fact sheet for special educators was produced with input from a workgroup made up of PATH Intl. members who are also special educators. Please feel free to download and print copies for distribution in your community.
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
Oct. 30, 2017 Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center *Certification Only* Augusta, MI

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning  Workshop and Skills Test  
Oct. 25-28, 2017
Oct. 26-29, 2017
Nov. 3-6, 2017
Nov. 17-20, 2017
Jan. 25-28, 2018
Hearts & Horses, Inc.
Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center
Touchstone Farm
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding
Loveland, CO
Guyton, GA
Temple, NH
Old Lyme, CT
Johns Island, SC

Oct. 10-14, 2017
Dec. 2-3, 2017
Feb. 24-25, 2018
Touchstone Farm - Home of Horse Power
EQUEST *Driving Demo Workshop Only*
Inspire Equine Therapy Program *Driving Demo Workshop Only*
Temple, NH
Dallas, TX
Clearwater, FL

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