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2012 PATH Intl. Region 01 Conference

Apr 20, 2012 10:00am - Apr 22, 2012 02:30pm
Event Type: Conference

Description

 

 

 

 

PATH Intl.
Region 1 Conference

 

Hosted by Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center
April 20-22, 2012
Putney, VT

 

 

CONFERENCE LOCATIONS:

Barn Track
Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center
336 River Road

Newfane, VT 05345

Phone: (802) 365-9434

 

Quality Inn of Brattleboro, VT
1380 Putney Road

Brattleboro, VT 05301

Phone: (802) 254-8701

Room Rate: $79/night

Reservations: refer to PATH Intl. Region 1 when calling in to get the discounted rate



 

REGISTRATION:

Online registration will be available through April 10.  After April 10 registration will need to be completed onsite. Single day registrations may not be combined.

 

Registration Fees:
Full conference PATH Intl. members through March 30                $150

Full conference non-PATH Intl. members through March 30          $225

Saturday only PATH Intl. members through March 30                  $125

Saturday only non-PATH Intl. members through March 30            $175

Sunday only PATH Intl. members through March 30                    $125

Sunday only non-PATH Intl. members through March 30              $175

Onsite full conference PATH Intl. members                                 $200

Onsite full conference non-PATH Intl. members                           $275

Onsite Saturday only PATH Intl. members                                  $150

Onsite Saturday only non-PATH Intl. members                            $200

Onsite Sunday only PATH Intl. members                                    $150

Onsite Sunday only non-PATH Intl. members                              $200

Banquet guest meal ticket                                                          $25


Refund Policy:
Full refunds are given only if a written cancellation request is received at the PATH Intl. office by April 10, 2012. A 50-percent refund is given if a written request is received at the PATH Intl. office by April 15, 2012. Individuals who do not submit a written request to PATH Intl. prior to April 15, 2012, will not receive a refund.  There will be no refunds for cancellations due to weather unless the conference is canceled.

 

 

 

 

AGENDA:

Friday, April 20 (at Quality Inn)

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.    Region 1 state chairs/NESAR BOD meeting and lunch

11 a.m. to 8 p.m.           Registration open

1 to 5 p.m.                    CAT Course

Pre-registration is required.  Bring the current PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation manual.

5 to 7 p.m.                    Reception – meet and greet vendors, presenters, poster

presenters and other conference attendees.  Silent auction open.

6:30 to 7 p.m.               Standards Hearing

 

 

Saturday, April 21 (at Quality Inn)

7 to 11 a.m.                  Registration open

7:30 to 8:30 a.m.           Breakfast

9 to 10 a.m.                  Session A

        A1, Exploring Changes in Postural Stability and Functional Mobility
Discuss a research project that focused on exploring changes in functional mobility and postural stability following a period of regular therapeutic horseback riding using measures previously untested in this population. The methods used and results will be presented and the findings discussed.
 Marissa Stewart, PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and former equine manager at Riding to the Top in ME.  She is currently working on her doctoral degree in physical therapy at the University of New England.  She has completed three 12-week PT rotations and traveled to Ghana, Africa, as a part of the university’s health mission.

        A2, Introduce and Train Volunteer Lesson Teams with Consistency, Safety and Confidence
Learn how incorporating PATH Intl. standards helps ensure that your volunteer training workshops are consistent, safe and successful. Discuss the important elements of a volunteer training workshop, how to organize your barn tour, tips on evaluating volunteers, planning for their continuing education and recognition. Leave with samples of volunteer forms, workshop manual and checklists to aid in recruiting, training and evaluating volunteers.
Sherri Velte, program consultant, PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor, MA licensed instructor and a CHA Certified Instructor. At High Knoll she developed its therapeutic riding and volunteer programs and was awarded the 2010 United Way Spirit of the Seacoast Award for her work.

        A3, 1,2,3 …Sing, Move and Ride With Me!  Incorporating Musical Activities into the Therapeutic Riding Class.
Musical activities can enhance the TR class.  This hands-on presentation will teach participants examples of greeting and closure songs, which encourage social interaction, recognition of class participants and the development of greeting manners; gross motor activities to encourage and feel basic riding rhythms; and musical games to practice riding skills. Please dress comfortably and be prepared to move, sing and dance!
Chris Patella, PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor with Spring Meadow Farm in Milford, CT.  As a certified educator she has more than 30 years of music teaching experience.  Chris also owns and operates Animal Assisted Therapy Services.  She is currently working on a Masters Degree in recreational therapy at Southern CT State University.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.            Become a Reiki Practitioner and Give Back to the Equine – Part 1

In part I of the workshop, you will learn the definition, history, benefits, principles, ethics and how-to’s of Reiki. You will learn to perform a safe, non-invasive initiation that removes any blockages in the body and clears a path for the Reiki energy to freely flow, enabling it and empowering individuals to give this energy to equines, themselves, family, human and animal friends.
Linda Crabtree, with Circle of Peace in Bolton, MA, is a Reiki Master/Teacher and PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor.
Registration required; open to the first eight participants; breaks and lunch included. Two day workshop at the hotel. Sunday’s hands-on practice will be at SVTRC.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.            Silent auction open

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.            Vendors and poster presentations open

10 to 10:15 a.m.            Break

10:15 to 11:45 a.m.        Session B

        B1, Imagine the Possibilities
This session will review various ways partnering with the power of the horse can benefit a variety of populations through unmounted learning. Discussion will include curriculum-based learning, workshops, juvenile diversion programming and brainstorming other ways equine-assisted learning can occur.
Kristen McGraw, a PATH Intl. Certified Registered and Driving Level II Instructor has been involved in therapeutic riding and driving for 14 years. Currently she is the program director at UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center in Goffstown, NH.

        B2, EFP/EFL Goals and Evaluations
Many mental health and education professionals often struggle with moving from therapy or education goals to actually designing equine-assisted sessions that will help participants meet those goals. This presentation will clarify the process, taking into consideration therapy or education goals, outcome measures and long range plans. It will then discuss the components of a TR session (activities, equine selection, staffing, milieu considerations and processing) and how to organize them into lesson plans. Finally,  it will look at evaluating the session effectiveness and how to use those evaluations to further refine and improve future sessions.
Susane Haseman, EEIP-MH and PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor, maintains a private practice, First Light Farm Counseling Services. She serves as an apprentice faculty member for the PATH Intl. equine specialist workshop, has written articles for PATH Intl. Strides and has presented at many conferences and workshops, including PATH Intl. Annual Conferences and PATH Intl. Regional Conferences.  
B3, Practical Tips to Enhance Your Equine’s Wellbeing
This session will explore methods to keep your therapy horses mentally and physically comfortable. Mesa Farm equine management will serve as discussion starter.  Discussion topics may include barefoot trimming, natural horsemanship and herbal treatments.
Dale Perkins, owner of Mesa Farm in Rutland, MA, has more than 40 years of experience training horses. He conducts EFL and other equine-related programs and activities.

12 to 1:30 p.m.             Lunch

1:30 to 3 p.m.               Session C

        C1, Program Director’s Guided Roundtable
This roundtable is intended to support the needs of smaller program managers.  The facilitators will provide a guided roundtable discussion/forum made up of program directors, managers and coordinators from small programs within Region 1. The discussion will focus on managing the many day to day responsibilities, juggling several roles, dealing with the legalities, compensation and any other discussion topics attendees may have.
Lorna Young, PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor and PATH Intl. Registered Level Evaluator with 30 years of experience teaching.  She has started three successful programs and is currently the program director/instructor/marketing manager at Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding, Newfane, VT.  Jeanna Pellino, PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor and PATH Intl. Registered Level Associate Evaluator.  She is currently the program director at Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center in Naugatuck, CT, and has 15 years of experience teaching, new program development and volunteer management.

        C2, Traumatic Brain Injuries, PTSD and the Benefits of Therapeutic Riding
This presentation will provide information about traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the frequently associated symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The mechanism of injuries and the common physical, cognitive and emotional consequences will be described. Special emphasis will be given to what is known about TBI sustained as a result of blast injury by veterans while in Iraq and Afghanistan. The benefits of therapeutic riding for this population and their special needs during equine activities will be outlined and discussed.
Mary E. Willmuth, Ph.D, ABPP, PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor, is a licensed psychologist with specialty in rehabilitation psychology.  She is the board president for Champlain Adaptive Mounted Program (CHAMP), a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in South Hero, VT.

        C3, Equine Embrace
This presentation discusses touch and the therapeutic encounter from the perspective of the clinician. How does the use of touch between equine and participant distinguish EFP from other therapies? How is it used and how does it affect our clients? What opportunities does touch bring, and what are the skill sets needed to meet them? Find out what interviews with 13 EFP practitioners with a collective 223 years of clinical experience revealed.        
Annie Sexauer
has been a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor since June 2007. She has worked with private practitioners as a horse handler for EFP sessions.  While at Smith School for Social Work, she wrote her master’s thesis on the effect touch has within an EFP session.  She currently works as an outpatient clinician in Springfield, MA.

3:15 to 4:15 p.m.           State Meetings

4:15 p.m.                      Networking and final bids for silent auction

5 p.m.                           Silent auction closes

6:30 to 9:30 p.m.           Dinner

Presentations and entertainment included.

Casual, come as you are!

 

Sunday, April 22 (at SVTRC after breakfast)

7:30 to 8:30 a.m.           Breakfast

8 to 9 a.m.                    Registration open

8:45 to 9 a.m.                Welcome (at SVTRC)

9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.      Session D

        D1, Horse Whispering, How to Read the Thought Before the Action: A Natural Horsemanship Obstacle Course Demonstration
This Natural Horsemanship demonstration will address how Natural Horsemanship supports EAL. Participants will be able to observe the “language of Eques” while moving the horse, at liberty, through an obstacle course. Three levels of communication will also be observed and discussed: body language, energy and inter-species communication.                           
Cathy Languerand has
been in the horse industry in New England for the past 35 years. She is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor, currently sits on the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee and is the program director at Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center in Bristol, CT. In addition, she is a Reiki master/energy medicine practitioner, whipper-in at Fairfield County Hounds, CHA Master Instructor, US Pony Club instructor and a Natural Horsemanship Clinician.

        D2, Integrated Riding Part 1
This presentation combined with interactive exercises will introduce integrated riding. The unique blend of movement-based learning activities is used to increase the neuro sensory reactions in the brain to facilitate learning activities. This innovative use of Brain Gym, Centered Riding and Balimo activities include exercises on the ground and on the horse. (1 hour)
Judy Cross-Strehlke, advanced level Centered Riding Clinician,  PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor and PATH Intl. Associate Evaluator. Judy has presented her workshops at the Federation for the Disabled International Congress in Germany and teaches instructors throughout the United States and Europe.

        D3, Low Cost Fundraising
Fundraising is the most important aspect of running a nonprofit organization. This presentation will delve into the world of a low cost fundraising event. Attendees will learn how to rally their volunteers, tap into their local businesses for support and how to draw in a large crowd and collect their information for cultivation. The High Hopes Hoedown and Holiday Market, which cost roughly under $2,000 and netted over $30,000, will be used as an example to outline a way to assure success.
Sara Qua is the Development Director at High Hopes Therapeutic Riding in Old Lyme, CT, and has worked in development and fundraising her entire professional life. Over the course of her professional career, she has created successful fundraising galas for national organizations as well as smaller, targeted events designed for major donor cultivation. One of Sara’s greatest strengths is her familiarity with all aspects of fundraising, such as event planning, direct mail fundraising, grant writing, donor cultivation and major donor stewardship.

9 to 11 a.m.                  Become a Reiki Practitioner and Give Back to the Equine – Part 2

Participants will have time for hands-on practice, giving Reiki first degree practitioners and participants from part 1 the opportunity to practice their new skill and become more confident in their ability.

Linda Crabtree, with Circle of Peace in Bolton, MA, is a Reiki Master/Teacher and PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor.

Registration required; open to the first eight participants

10:30 to 10:45 a.m.        Break

10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Session E

        E1, Inclusionary Competency-Based Carriage Driving
We will teach reinsmanship, adaptive carriages and two-versus-four- wheel vehicles. Lesson plans for an eight-week course will be reviewed.  This is a hands-on driving clinic.
Anne Miles

        E2, How to Protect the Entire Team: Mounts and Dismounts
Body mechanics play a huge role in everyone's safety, but most critically during mounts and dismounts. Learn more about strategies and key points of control during transfers.
Sarah Bronson, a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and former member of the admin committee.  She is the executive director of Riding to the Top Therapeutic Riding Center in Windham, ME, and has more than 20 years of experience as a PT.  She  has spent 15 years in the EAAT industry.

        E3, Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly: Our Instinctual Survival Behaviors
Attendees will learn basics about our human survival instinct and what happens in our brains and bodies. We will explore how our unconsciously generated reactions impact our lessons and our lives and practice some strategies for orienting in the present moment.
Lasell Bartlett, MSW, LICSW, teaches at High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program in Wilder, VT.  She integrates all of her training and more than 40 years of experience in the field of mind/body awareness, focusing on helping horses and humans develop the best relationships imaginable.

12:15 to 1 p.m.              Box Lunch

1 to 2:30 p.m.               Session F

        F1, Horse Whispering, How to Read the Thought Before the Action (in the round pen)
This is an opportunity to observe the body language that makes up the non-verbal contract that creates partnership in the round pen. As in her earlier demonstration, three levels of communication will be observed and discussed: body language, energy and inter-species communication.
Cathy Languerand has been in the horse industry in New England for the past 35 years. She is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor, currently sits on the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee and is the program director at Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center in Bristol, CT. In addition, she is a Reiki master/energy medicine practitioner, whipper-in at Fairfield County Hounds, CHA Master Instructor, US Pony Club instructor and a Natural Horsemanship Clinician.

        F2, Integrated Riding Part 2 (in the arena)
The indoor arena is the setting for Part 2 with two demonstration riders. All participants who attend the demo will want to bring a yoga mat so they can participate in all the exercises while Judy works with the riders. You will be lying down on the floor for some of the exercises.
Judy Cross-Strehlke, advanced level Centered Riding Clinician, PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor and PATH Intl. Associate Evaluator. Judy has presented her workshops at the Federation for the Disabled International Congress in Germany and teaches instructors throughout the United States and Europe.

 

 

SILENT AUCTION:

Region 1 is proud to present this year’s regional conference.  As part of our commitment to continuing education in our region, we have underwritten a portion of the conference expenses to keep registration fees low for PATH Intl. members. Conference registration fees include breakfast and lunch Saturday and Sunday. Saturday dinner and entertainment is included.

 

To help these efforts, please bring a silent auction item.  All silent auction proceeds benefit the NESAR Scholarship Fund, which offers scholarships to PATH Intl. members for the PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting as well as the PATH Intl. Region 1 Conference.

 

 

SCHOLARSHIPS:

Scholarships are available to PATH Intl. Region members for certifications and continuing education, including conference attendance.  For more information and an application go to http://www.pathintl.org/images/content/regions/region-1/pdf/NESAR-and-PATH-Intl-Region-1-Scholarship-Guidelines-and-Application-Form.pdf

                                   


Early registration ends on Mar 06, 2012.
Regular registration starts on Mar 07, 2012 and ends on Apr 10, 2012.
Late registration starts on Apr 11, 2012.
All times are 12:00am (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).
 

 
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