2017 PATH Intl. Region 9 Conference

Jun 02, 2017 05:30pm -
Jun 04, 2017 12:00pm


Event Description


PATH Intl.









PRoduced by


region 9


June 2-4, 2017


rathdurm, id


Hosted by: Running W Therapeutic Riding Center



PATH Intl. Region 9 welcomes you to join us for an educational and fun weekend with your friends and colleagues. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served onsite Saturday and a continental breakfast on Sunday. There will also be a Mexican Buffet on Friday night and dinner on Saturday night. These meals are included in your registration fee.


If you are presenting at the Region 9 Conference don’t forget to use your special presenter code for your discount.











Running W Therapeutic Riding Center

6147 West Harvest Avenue

Rathdrum, Idaho 83858



Lodging Options:

Post Falls Quality Inn

3175 E. Seltice Way

Post Falls, ID 83854


Rates: Call to make your reservation by May 12th, 2017, and refer to PATH Intl. to get a discounted rate of $91.99 +tax a night.



Special Announcements:
Please bring silent auction items to support the conference and continuing education in PATH Intl. Region 9.


As we transition to new CEU requirements for instructor renewal, please note that sessions meeting the specific disabilities education requirement are marked with *DE. If you have questions about these requirements, please contact Bret Maceyak at the PATH Intl. office.




CEU Conversion


Disability Education

Minimum 6 hours (no maximum)

60 min = 1 DE


Certification Core Requirement

Minimum of 2 Hours per certification

60 min = 1 CR


General Continuing Education

No minimum or maximum requirement

60 min = 1 CE





Online registration will be available through May 20, 2017. After May 20, 2017, registration will need to be completed onsite.


Registration Fees:

Early Bird Registration through May 5, 2017

Full Conference                 $100 members         $125 non-members

Full Conference Higher Ed Student and Faculty Members:  $80

Saturday Only                  $75 members          $100 non-members

Sunday Only                   $65 members          $80 non-members

Registration May 6 through May 20, 2017 :



Full Conference

$125 members

$150 non-members


Full Conference Higher Ed Student and Faculty Members:

Saturday Only                  $100 members

Sunday Only                    $80 members


$125 non-members

$100 non-members


Onsite Registration after May 20, 2017:



Full Conference

$150 members

$175 non-members



Full Conference Higher Ed Student and Faculty Members:

Saturday Only                  $125 members

Sunday Only                   $100 members


$150 non-members

$125 non-members




Refund Policy:
Full refunds are given only if a written cancellation request is received at the PATH Intl. office by May 20, 2017. A 50-percent refund is given if a written request is received at the PATH Intl. office May 20-30, 2017. Individuals who do not submit a written request to PATH Intl. by May 30, 2017, will not receive a refund. There will be no refunds for cancellations due to weather unless the conference is canceled.





Friday June 2

(Running W Therapeutic Riding Center)


1 to 6 p.m.

PATH Intl. Standards CourseCE

Attendees must pre-register with PATH Intl. and bring a copy of the 2016 PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation manual. Faculty Kim Berggren and Teresa Morris















1 to 4 p.m.

Veteran Program Arena WorkshopDE ESMHL CR

Come see a lesson plan for veteran programing, and take part in hands-on horse exercises.  This will give you understanding in the techniques and theory behind an effective horse program for veterans. Includes hands-on groundwork and round penning exercises. Also hear about typical veteran injuries encountered and methods to address each. Debbi Fisher is a past member of the PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes® Committee and helped author the new PATH Intl. Instructor Training for Veteran Programs. Bob Woelk is a current member of the PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes® Committee. Bob and Debbi were co-founders of Rainier Therapeutic Riding in Washington, which served more than 100 veterans weekly in 2014. They currently run Hope for Heroes Equine Therapy Consulting.



6 to 8 p.m.

Mexican Buffet, Round Table Discussions, Welcome Address From PATH Intl. CEO KathyAlm, and update on the Trek to Accreditation CE







Saturday, June 3

(Running W Therapeutic Riding Center)

7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Registration Open

8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Session A


A1, Effective Inclusion of Hippotherapy in Traditional Therapeutic Riding Programs Part 1 DE RIDING CR

Integrating hippotherapy successfully and effectively into a traditional therapeutic riding program offers many challenges, from logistics to implementation and application. This two-part talk will address many of these challenges and provide examples for developing a symbiotic, sustainable relationship between therapists and instructors and the programs they serve. Logistics, scheduling, center requirements, relationship development between professionals, client intake and advancement, financial considerations and more will be covered in this dynamic class.

Jo Ann Schnellbaecher has been an occupational therapist since 1986, receiving her master’s degree in movement science, 1994 from Columbia University. An AHA member since 2000, she became a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor in 2002, working with the Rainbow Connection Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program in Anchorage, AK. Jo Ann was integral in the development of evaluation guidelines for new riders, progression and transition of current riders and requirements for new OTs, PTs and SLPs coming on. An Alaskan resident since 1996, Jo Ann currently sees riders through her private practice, consults and volunteers her time to various centers as needed. Brienne Mabry-DeWitt is a 20 year PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor, Equine Specialist in Mental Health (ESMHL) and holds special certification in veteran instruction. An expert in collaboration and relationship development between professionals and organizations, Brienne has successfully developed and implemented a diverse number of programs, including hippotherapy, into existing therapeutic riding programs. In 2014, she received the PATH Intl. Region 9 Certified Professional of the Year, along with her horse, Sidney, who was the region's Equine of the Year.



8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

A2, Hands on Horses Equine Assisted Learning and Eatonville Middle School Keeping Teens on Track With Horses: It's All About Relationship DE ESMHL CR

Changing Rein's Hands on Horses and Eatonville Middle School have partnered together for three years to keep teens with adverse childhood experiences engaged at school through partnering them with a horse of their choice and teaching them relationship and life skills. Learn about our 20-week program, view a video of students engaging with horses and meet our team. Come ask questions.

Sandra Boe, founder and program director of Changing Rein Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies in Graham, WA, is a PATH Intl. Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learnin, Advanced Instructor, an EAGALA trained ES and is currently earning certification as equine professional in Natural Lifemanship trauma-based equine assisted psychotherapy. Sandra owns the Changing Rein facility and herd with her husband, David Boe. She holds a BA degree in journalism from Iowa State University. Anisa Parks received her master's degree in social work from the University of Washington, Tacoma and is currently working toward her clinical licensure. She recently attended Natural Lifemanship’ s fundamental training in trauma-based equine assisted psychotherapy at Changing Rein and is working toward certification with them as a mental health professional in equine-assisted psychotherapy. Jill Touse earned a BA degree in social work from Michigan State University and did intake work at Family Services in Flint, MI. She and her husband moved to Washington in 1972. She volunteered on a crisis line in Tacoma and taught crisis intervention. After working as a TA at Fife High School, she earned her teaching credentials from Seattle University and taught 4th grade in the Eatonville school district for 25 years and earned a master’s degree in education. Since retiring she has volunteered at Changing Rein for the past four years in their equine-assisted learning programs. Toni Hughes first joined the Changing Rein team as a volunteer with the Hands On Horses program two years ago. She was then hired to be CREAAT's volunteer coordinator. Since then, she graduated from the University of Southern California with her Master of Social Work in December 2016 and is now able to work more in-depth with the equine-assisted learning programs students. She is now training to receive her licensure as a clinical independent social worker and attending workshops for trauma-based equine assisted therapy through Natural Lifemanship to become certified as an EAP.

10:30 to 10:45 a.m.


10:45 to 11:45 a.m.

Session B


B1, Integrating "Gaitway to the Brain" Techniques With Therapeutic Riding DE RIDING CR

"Gaitway to the Brain" techniques can provide dramatic brain improvement. When integrated with traditional therapeutic riding programs, the effect is magnified. Learn how the brain can build new neuropathways and allow the brain to achieve a state that supports attention for learning and improving the physical, cognitive and social functions of our riders. Progress results will be demonstrated as well as examples of how the program has been integrated into the riding program. Demonstration of some of the techniques will provide hands on for some participants. Karen Tanchak is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and has been teaching for more than nine years. Karen completed a certificate in health and fitness studies from the faculty of applied science (kinesiology) from Simon Fraser University and holds a certificate of completion of the “Gaitway to the Brain” workshop from ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship Center, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center (PAC) in McKinney, TX. Karen is currently the PATH Intl. Region 9 Provincial/State Representative for British Columbia and Alberta.




B2, Thriving Not Just Surviving as an Executive Director CE

Whether you’re brand new or a seasoned executive director, come take part in this lively discussion! We will key in on the “big moves” ED’s need to be able to make, and how we learn to love ‘em. This highly interactive session will cover: (1) getting the board to adore you; (2) developing a kickass staff team; (3) bringing home ALL the bacon; (4) telling your story; and (5) learning to take care of #1.  Mary Peterson is the executive director at Eagle Mount Bozeman, a PATH Intl. PAC in Bozeman, MT. After three decades in America’s nonprofit sector, Mary will be quick to tell you that directing Eagle Mount is by far the most rewarding—and challenging—job she’s ever held. Mary holds a BA degree in psychology from Wellesley College; her graduate work was in Slavic languages and linguistics; and her consulting practice focuses on strategic planning, organizational development, fundraising and quality assurance. Prior to moving to Montana from Washington, DC, Mary’s professional field was international education and exchange. Since arriving in Bozeman in 1994, Mary has served as development director for the Montana State University College of Nursing, the Museum of the Rockies, and Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter. She joined Eagle Mount as executive director in 2009.



B3, Developing TR Horses for Mental Health Co-Facilitation ESMHL CR

Equine specialists know what horses can bring to the overall well-being of their clients. Yet horses at PATH Intl. Centers often come from a previous career in performance and have never been encouraged to offer input into horse/human interactions for mental health purposes. This presentation presents a proven program for developing horses so that their heightened sensitivities can offer remarkable benefits as co-facilitators in EAL and EFP sessions, teachable to instructors, horse leaders and other volunteers. Trish Broersma, TRI, ES, has been a therapeutic riding professional since 1988, leading two PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers as executive director and lead instructor. She developed an innovative EAL program in human development for teens at-risk and adults in transition. Her work focuses on deepening the horse/human relationship for global purposes, with an emphasis on body-based modalities, the power of story, and liberty training for eliciting willingness, wisdom and enthusiasm in horse/human interactions.

11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Lunch With Standards Hearing and Region and State Meetings CE

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Session C


C1, A Capital Campaign CE

A capital campaign is not just a set of steps that you take to reach a particular financial goal. It is really a process undertaken to realize an organization’s dream. The first critical stage of embarking on a capital campaign is to have a clear vision. The second is to assess the organization’s readiness. The final stage is to work the time-tested steps of executing a capital campaign to reach your goal. This presentation will take you through all three stages, providing you with a clear understanding of each stage and how to put your best foot forward for success. Kathy Alm served as executive director of Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Woodinville, WA, one of the largest organizations in the industry. She grew the previously grassroots organization from a $280,000 annual operating budget to a professional $2.1 million organization, leading a staff of 23 full-time employees and building and operating a new $11 million facility. Kathy has a unique depth of knowledge and understanding of the association and its membership. She served as PATH Intl. Region 9 Representative, on a variety of committees in a leadership capacity and was the association board president in the 2010-2012 term, first joining the board of trustees in 2005. Currently, she is CEO of PATH Intl.





C2, Realms of Fantasy: Using Play to Increase Engagement and Learning CE

Do you have students/clients/participants who are difficult to keep engaged in lessons? Many people believe play is only something children partake in. However, it is a beneficial activity for all ages, encompassing spontaneity, action and intrinsic motivation. Play is important for social and physical development. This presentation takes a closer look at play, and how it can be applied into a lesson setting to increase engagement and learning. Hilary Groh, CTRS, and program director at Northwest Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl. PAC in Bellingham, WA, has a BA degree in therapeutic recreation from Western Washington University, is a certified therapeutic recreation specialist, a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor and Mentor.




C3, Bodywork Benefits EAAT Horses CE

Learn how bodywork/therapeutic touch can help hard-working EAAT horses move well and perform better. Regular bodywork helps release tight muscles, strain and potential joint problems associated with unbalanced riders, such as those with physical disabilities. Bodywork is an effective way to prevent injury, bad behavior and ensure longer, happier careers for the EAAT horses that are central and expensive parts of our riding programs. Erica Curless is the head instructor and equine manager for Free Rein Therapeutic Riding, a PATH Intl. PAC in Spokane, WA. She also is a certified equine massage therapist who owns Dog and Pony Show Bodywork, specializing in helping performance horses and dogs move and perform better while preventing injury. She has extensive study in myofascial release, Shiatsu massage and craniosacral bodywork, movement evaluation, anatomy and physiology.

2:30 to 2:45 p.m.


2:45 to 5:45 p.m.

Session D Session times will vary

2:45 to 5:45 p.m.

D1, Your Board CAN Raise Funds! CE

“We can't get our board to help with fundraising. They aren't the 'movers and shakers' in town. Board members tell me I will do anything EXCEPT fundraise!"  Even if any of these are commonly voiced concerns in your program, there is a solution. Today is the day to start your board turn around.

KC Henry is principal of Transitions Unlimited LLC, a consulting firm for nonprofit businesses. She specializes in organizational development, board development, strategic planning and start-up programs. As executive director at PATH Intl. PAC Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center in Chagrin Falls, OH, she provided leadership for its $4.5 million campaign, the building of its state-of-the-art therapeutic riding facility, and the development of a staff of 31 people who served 200 students with disabilities weekly. She has received the PATH Intl. James Brady Professional Achievement award and the most valuable board member award from PATH Intl.



2:45 to 4:45 p.m.

D2, Effective Inclusion of Hippotherapy in Traditional Therapeutic Riding Programs Part 2 DE RIDING CR

A1 Continued




2:45 to 5:45 p.m.

D3, Therapeutic Carriage Driving Lesson Demonstration With Wheelchair Accessible Carriage DRIVING CR

Therapeutic carriage driving demonstration with emphasis on benefits of therapeutic carriage driving, discussion of roles of volunteers and necessary requirements of a carriage driving horse. Presentation will include a lesson with a real student who has been taking lessons for almost two years. We will also review the PATH Intl. Driving Standards, and discuss how to start a driving program. M. Teresa Bron MEd, PATH Intl. Certified Driving Instructor Level II, PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor, PATH Intl. ESMHL, was born and raised in the Yakima Valley and has been a lifelong horseperson, having had trained and competed in many events, which include showing horses in 4-H, barrel racing, jumping, dressage, competitive carriage driving and recreational trail riding. Teresa and her husband, Will, have been driving clinicians throughout the Pacific Northwest and in British Columbia. They have started and trained many breeds of horses for carriage driving, including Friesians, Fjords, Haflingers, VSEs and draft cross breeds. They are both active competitors in combined driving in the Pacific Northwest. Teresa is a member of the United States Driving for the Disabled and a director at large for the American Driving Society.



5 to 5:45 p.m.

Session E


E1, Mindful Lessons RIDING CR

Mindful Lessons – Lessons specifically designed for individual students, while mentally engaging the horse they ride. Are your lessons addressing known specific learning needs of your students? Are your horses participating?

Do your students check in with your horses and understand if they are engaged? I will share strategies to personalize your lessons and enhance the engagement of both your students and horses. Bev Haywood is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor. Her background includes 20+ years as a preschool director, hands-on teaching of preschool age children, and nine years as a California credentialed resource specialist teacher for children of all ages with mild to moderate disabilities. Bev founded her own therapeutic riding instruction program in 2011, before moving to Oregon and partnering with Susie at Once Up on a Horse.



6:30 to 8 p.m.

Barbecue Dinner, No Host Bar, Entertainment and Keynote Speaker, Lacey Heward CE

 Lacey Heward is a Paralympic medalist in alpine skiing and grew up horseback riding in the mountains of Idaho. She has traveled the world and gained a great deal of experience and perspective from her courageous, sometimes dangerous and painful life journey. Some of her favorite memories have been spending time listening to the stories of friends with disabilities from distant lands. Heward is a motivational speaker and loves it when she can help someone see something from a different perspective. She lives in Idaho with her husband and is a singer/songwriter. You can read more about Lacey at www. laceyheward.com



Sunday, June 4

(Running W Therapeutic Riding Center)


7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast


Session F Session Times Vary

8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

F1, Leasing or Buying Horses: What's the Best Fit for Your Center CE Bringing a horse into your program signifies a huge commitment. Points to be discussed will cover the gamut of budget considerations to whether you lease or purchase the horses you use in your program; what red flags to look for; end of use plan; trial agreement; and how to best maintain the horse while under your care. Will the horse meet your participant’s needs? Attendees are encouraged to share their own experiences and questions. Maggee Harrison has a master’s degree in animal science/post-graduate work in special education. She is the therapeutic horsemanship program director at Eagle Mount Bozeman, a PATH Intl. PAC in Bozeman, MT, a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor, Mentor, ESMHL and Lead Accreditation Site Visitor.



8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

F2, Kick Starting Your Program CE

Receive practical and theoretical guidelines and tips for taking your great ideas and unrolling them within a few months into an active program that sustains itself with a strong base of community support. Theoretical guidelines draw on chaos theory, principles of community development and organizational learning theory. Tried and true practical, step-by-step methods and tips cite the three-and-a-half years' development of Riding Beyond, an EFL program for breast cancer survivors. Trish Broersma, See Bio in Session B3




F3, Ground Driving Lesson Demonstration DRIVING CR

Discussion and demonstration of the difference between ground driving and long-lining, what we can teach our students using a ground driving lesson, and the types of students who could benefit from a lesson in ground driving. M. Teresa Bron MEd, see Bio in Session D3



9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

G1, The Psychology of Change: When the Hows and Whys Aren't Working DE

Sometimes we encounter individuals we are tempted to label. We can embrace these labels or we can accept the challenge to expand our awareness and knowledge, develop techniques and grow our emotional fitness.  Participants will understand how to assess themselves and others to determine which stage of competence and/or phase of learning he or she is in; as well as how to analyze what is necessary to continue moving through the phases. Shari Morin-Degel, MA, LCPC, has been a clinical director for youth dynamics for more than 15 years. In 2010, Shari started an EAAT program and in 2015 became a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor. Her expertise is in treating youth who have experienced significant trauma. Currently, Shari is teaching adjunct at Carroll College in Helena, MT, on the topic of EAAT. Shari’s herd consists of her husband, Peter; Cockapoos Whiskey, Appendix, Jackson; Haflinger Montana; and Pinto Pony Tessa.





10:30 to 10:45 a.m.



Session H Session Times Vary

10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

H1, Developing an Evidence-based EAL Curriculum: The Strengthening Families Program Equine Edition ESMHL CR

Equine-assisted learning (EAL) programs promote growth and well-being for people of all ages, needs and goals. However, theory and evidence-based program development, implementation and evaluation are a must for ensuring outcome achievement, sustainability and potential grant funding. Whether you already run an EAL program, or think you may eventually, this workshop will provide you with a model and greater clarity for developing an effective, efficient and sustainable EAL program for any audience. Stephanie Roeter, M A, is a Washington State University PhD student of prevention science, which is an interdisciplinary field that applies research on individuals, families and their communities to the development, evaluation and dissemination of scientifically based programs that promote physical, social and psychological well-being. As a practicing PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, Stephanie’s primary research focus is aimed at equine-assisted learning programs.



10:45 to 11:45 a.m.

H2, Going Beyond Basic Needs: Creating a Supportive Environment for the EAAT Horse CE

Many horses face behavioral “burnout” issues within the EAAT field. Behaviors like biting and kicking are dangerous for riders and volunteers and are indicative of a poorly supported horse. There are many (free) strategies a center can use to create a positive and effective environment that will promote their herd’s willingness to work and ability to thrive long term, leading to the reduction and even prevention of these behaviors. Dana Eklund is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and assistant director/head instructor of the equine program at PATH Intl. PAC Eagle Mount in Bozeman, MT. She holds a BS degree with honors in elementary education from Montana State University. A lifelong horse owner, she also is PATH Intl. Certified ESMHL and is a trained mentor.




Session I

Noon to 1p.m.

I1 Hold Your Horses: Developing the Herd You Want While Sustainably Utilizing the Herd You Have CE

As the umbrella of equine-assisted activities and therapies continues to diversify and grow, so does the industry’s horse needs and requirements. Learn how to select new horses, as well as identify and implement the perfect fit for new and current horses in your program. Learn how effectively diversifying your herd for the most versatility for your program improves finances and consistency of horse and human training and ensures continued quality programing. Most importantly, learn strategies and outside the box thinking that will help your program grow and thrive no matter what equine circumstance you currently find yourself in. Brienne Mabry-DeWitt See bio in Session A1

1 p.m.

Conference ends. Please take a snack bag with you for your trip home. Safe Travels!




We look forward to seeing you soon in Rathdrum, Idaho!

Event Type:Conference
Category:Regional Conference
Early registration ends on May 05, 2017.
Regular registration starts on May 06, 2017 and ends on May 20, 2017.
Late registration starts on May 21, 2017.
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