Event Details

 

2014 PATH Intl. Region 05 Conference

Aug 08, 2014 09:00am - Aug 10, 2014 12:00pm
Event Type: Conference
Category: Regional Conference

Description

 

 

PATH Intl.

 

 

Region 5 Conference

August 8-10, 2014

 

Murfreesboro, TN

 

Hosted by:
Middle Tennessee State University 

 

 

CONFERENCE LOCATION:

 

Middle Tennessee State University

Horse Science Center and Miller Coliseum

304 W. Thompson Lane

Murfreesboro, TN 37129

LODGING:

 

 

Comfort Suites

226 N. Thompson Lane

Murfreesboro, TN 37129

(615) 869-0950

Rate: Mention PATH Intl. to receive the rate of $82/night. Reservations must be made by July 10, 2014. A hot breakfast is included with reservation.

 

Double Tree

1850 Old Fort Parkway

Murfreesboro, TN 37129

(615) 895-5555

Rate: Mention PATH Intl. to receive rate of $99/night. Reservations must be made by July 7, 2014.



REGISTRATION

Online registration will be available through July 18, 2014.  After July 18, registration will need to be completed onsite.

 

Registration Fees:

Registration through July 18:

 

Full Conference -

$140 members/students

$160 non-members

 

Saturday Only -

$105 members/students

$115 non-members

Registration Onsite:

 

Full Conference -

$155 members/students

$175 non-members

 

Saturday Only -

$125 members/students

$135 non-members

 

Refund Policy:
Full refunds are given only if a written cancellation request is received at the PATH Intl. office by July 3, 2014. A 50-percent refund is given if a written request is received at the PATH Intl. office July 4-18, 2014. Individuals who do not submit a written request to PATH Intl. prior to July 18, 2014, will not receive a refund. There will be no refunds for cancellations due to weather unless the conference is canceled.

 

 

 

Uniting Higher Education and EAAT:

Middle Tennessee State University is excited to be hosting a collaborative "Uniting Higher Education and EAAT National Conference," August 7-8, preceding the PATH Intl. Region 5 Conference.

 

Funded by a generous grant from the American Quarter Horse Foundation, this conference will provide opportunities for networking, discussion of curriculum and research strategies and EAAT/university partnerships. This conference will also offer a unique opportunity for university faculty to gain greater education on EAAT and opportunities to integrate hands-on EAAT experience for students. For further information or to register, visit http://capone.mtsu.edu/horsesci/EAATconference.html. If you have questions about this event, contact Sarah Newton-Cromwell at san3a@mtmail.mtsu.edu.

 

 

 

 

PATH INTL. REGION 5 CONFERENCE AGENDA

Thursday, August 7

(all events at MTSU Horse Science Center and Miller Coliseum)

1 to 5 p.m.                   PATH Intl. Mentor Training Workshop

Preconference registration required. Please contact Lisa McKinless to register and for further details about state specific scholarships available, lisamckinless@gmail.com (615) 497-0366.
Joelle Devlin is a PATH Intl. Certified Master Instructor. Joelle was a chair of the PATH Intl. Riding Instructor Certification subcommittee and member of the recent PATH Intl. Mentor Training Work Group. Yet first and foremost, she is a therapeutic riding instructor and has mentored many to either join the industry or upgrade their certification status. Lynn Petr, BS degree in special education and MS degree in therapeutic recreation, is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, Mentor, Lead Site Visitor and founder and executive director of Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Lenoir City, TN.
 

 

 

Friday, August 8

(all events at MTSU Horse Science Center and Miller Coliseum)

8 to 10 a.m.                 Registration Open

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.           PATH Intl. Standards Course – course is free

Attendees must pre-register with PATH Intl. and bring a copy of the 2014 PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation manual. (No meals are included.)

Kristen Sanders is director of administration at Shagri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Lenoir City, TN. She is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor, Mentor and Associate Site Visitor and serves on the Path Intl. Accreditation subcommittee and Standards Task Force. Lindsey Wood is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced instructor with more than eight years in the industry and is a PATH Intl. Evaluator, Lead Site Visitor and Mentor and serves on the PATH Intl. Accreditation subcommittee. 

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.           PATH Intl. Mentor Training Workshop (Continued)

Joelle Devlin is a PATH Intl. Certified Master Instructor.  Joelle was a chair of the PATH Intl. Riding Instructor Certification Subcommittee and member of the recent PATH Intl. Mentor Training Work Group. Yet first and foremost, she is a therapeutic riding instructor and has mentored many to either join the industry or upgrade their certification status. Lynn Petr, BS degree in special education and MS degree in therapeutic recreation, is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, Mentor, Lead Site Visitor and founder and executive director of Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center.

4 to 6 p.m.                   Registration Open

5 to 6 p.m.                   Dinner on Your Own

6 to 9 p.m.                   Meet and Greet “Members Helping Members: Sharing Solutions”

Join us for an evening of learning and networking with your peers. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Attendees have the opportunity to attend three round table discussions addressing the issues we face as centers and professionals in the industry. Bring your problems and we will share our solutions! (When registering, please note your top three topic choices to assist us with scheduling tables.)

Table topics include:

·         Administration

·         Higher Education/Research

·         Volunteers/Coordinators

·         Veterans/Military Service Men/Women Programs

·         Equines/Equine Managers

·         TR Instructors/Instructors-in-Training

·         EFL

·         Interactive Vaulting Instructors

·         EFP

·         Driving Instructors

·         Hippotherapy

·         Faith-Affiliated Programs


 

 

 

Saturday, August 9

(all events at MTSU Horse Science Center and Miller Coliseum)

7 to 8 a.m.                               Breakfast on Your Own

8 to 10 a.m.                             Registration Open

8 a.m. to 12 p.m.                     Survive and Thrive Workshop for EAAT Directors

This special four-hour workshop will begin with the five life stages of a nonprofit. Through a thoughtful assessment of your own organization, you will gain insight as to where you are and ascertain the tools you will need to help you get where you want to go. Topics include:

§  Building Your Board for Success
Building a board of directors requires thoughtful planning from recruitment through training. This session will focus on steps to help build and maintain a strong board at your center. It will include an overview of board roles and responsibilities plus hands-on steps you can put to work to continually improve your board.
Cheryl Scutt is the executive director at Saddle Up!, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Franklin, TN. In addition to eight years at Saddle Up!, she has an extensive background of nonprofit leadership and management.

§  It’s a Business Too: Business Planning for Success
Learn how directors can maximize the resources of their center, plan program time, plan horsepower time, reduce cost per participant, and how to collaborate with other nonprofit agencies to grow their programs to leverage donor dollars.
Kim Minarich is executive director at Naples Equestrian Challenge in Florida and is an accredited public relations professional with years of experience running and owning her firm.

§  Effective Staff Management
Explore how directors can utilize their leadership to create a culture of effective and efficient staff interactions and improved public relations.
Lynn Petr, BS degree in special education and MS degree in therapeutic recreation, is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, Mentor, Lead Site Visitor and founder and executive director of Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding (STAR), a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Lenoir City, TN.

9 to 10 a.m.                             Session A

o   A1, Introduction to Physical Therapy Utilizing Hippotherapy: Distinguishing Between Healthcare and Recreational Services
Gain an introduction to hippotherapy and therapeutic riding services, including the basic principles of physical therapy utilizing hippotherapy as a treatment strategy.
Kelley Newman, DPT, PCS, HPCS, works as a full-time pediatric physical therapist at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital and Saddle Up! Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Franklin, TN.

o   A2,The Ins and Outs of Equine Nutrition
Review practical horse nutrition using a life-sized model of an equine digestive tract made from simple household items. The model is less malodorous than the real thing, and it provides common ground for understanding equine gastrointestinal tract volume, length and torsion, as well as how nutrition affects equine health.
Dr. Rhonda Hoffman is a professor in horse science at Middle Tennessee State University and a board-certified diplomate of the American College of Animal Nutrition.

o   A3, Increasing Speech and Communication in Lessons
Utilize novel ways to increase language and communication during a lesson, including ways to facilitate understanding of instructions and directions using multiple modalities.
Kathryn M. Guillot, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a new faulty member of MTSU in the Communication Disorders Department. Kathryn has 10 years of clinical experience in working with a variety of children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. 

10 to 10:15 a.m.                      Break

10:15 to 11:45 a.m.                 Session B

o   B1 RIDES: Rider Instruction, Development and Evaluation System
The RIDES process is used to teach mounted and unmounted skills and to set and measure rider goals and objectives, from the fundamentals to cantering. The system provides continuity across riding disciplines, helps with assessing a person’s current level of riding and helps track a rider’s progress. 
Alice Duva is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning with more than eight years in the industry. She is a PATH Intl. Mentor and serves on the mentor workgroup. Lisa McKinless is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor with more than 12 years in the industry. She is a PATH Intl. Lead Site Visitor, Mentor and serves on the mentor workgroup. Lindsey Wood is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor with more than eight years in the industry. She is a PATH Intl. Evaluator, Lead Site Visitor, Mentor and serves on the accreditation subcommittee.

§  B2, Equine Managers Share What Works for Their Equine Partners
Equine managers from EAAT centers will present the key components that their equine management program provides  to keep equine herds fit, happy and willing partners for their EAAT programs.
Jennifer Howard, equine manager at Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding (STAR), a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Lenoir City, TN, has been riding and working with horses for more than 15 years. She is a certified Chris Irwin Trainer with a bronze level standing in groundwork. Stephanie Studer, equine assistant manager at STAR, is a certified Chris Irwin Trainer with a silver level standing in both groundwork and riding. Heather Mullen is the equine manager at Saddle Up!, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Franklin, TN, a CHA certified instructor, a Pony Club up-ranking judge, a level C3 Pony Club graduate and has 28 years of horse experience in many different disciplines. Morgan Plunkett is the assistant to the equine manager at Saddle Up!, has 11 years of experience in therapeutic riding and has 11 years of horse experience in a variety of disciplines.

o   B3, Special Olympics and Your Local Board of Education Lead to GOLD!
Working with Special Olympics through the public school system can lead to GOLD. Learn to create a program that will: 1) empower students through curriculum and competition; 2) endear your program to special ed teachers through the use of IEP in goal setting; and 3) have riders who bring home the GOLD or a golden experience, while the program is paid for by Special Olympics.
Peggi Lyn Noon, JD and PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor, is founder and director of Pegasus Riding Academy, Savannah, GA. Kathy Cramer is a special education teacher with 30 years of experience. Additionally, she is a Special Olympics regional director.

11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.                Lunch With Region 5 Meeting, PATH Intl. Updates and Standards Hearing (Miller Club)

11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.                Silent Auction and Merchandise Table Open

1 to 2 p.m.                               Session C

o   C1, Thinking About Becoming a PATH Intl. Riding Instructor
Gain a current overview of the PATH Intl. Riding Instructor certification process, from start to finish. 
Mandy Branton, RN, and Lindsey Wood, CTRS, are both PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructors, Evaluators and Site Visitors. Lindsey is the program director for Saddle Up!, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Franklin, TN, and Mandy is affiliated with the Calvin Center Therapeutic Riding Program, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Hampton, GA and Chastain Horse Park, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Atlanta, GA. 

o   C2, Utilizing Round-Penning Techniques to Increase Communication and Learning
The use of round pen exercises provides a unique opportunity for understanding innate elements of equine behavior while also allowing the handler to gain respect of the horse without touching the animal. Lessons learned during the round pen experience can then be applied to other equine and real-life scenarios involving application and release of pressure, development of relationships and more.
Dr. Holly Spooner is an associate professor of horse science at Middle Tennessee State University where she conducts research in equine nutrition and exercise physiology, as well as teaching numerous courses. She has a lifetime of horse industry experience including training, showing and judging for the American Quarter Horse Association and American Stock Horse Association.

o   C3, Facility Design
Thinking of expanding or improving your facility? Learn from others’ first-hand experience on what to do (and not do!) in creating quality facility design for any EAAT program. Hear what others have to say about adding a new indoor/outdoor/covered arena.
Audrey Adamson is program administrator at Montgomery Area Nontraditional Equestrians a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Pike Road, AL. She is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor as well as a certified educator in autism tutor. Lynn Petr, BS degree in special education and MS degree in therapeutic recreation, is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, Mentor, Lead Site Visitor and founder and executive director of Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Lenoir City, TN. Kim Minarich is executive director at Naples Equestrian Challenge, Inc., a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Naples, FL and is an accredited public relations professional with years of experience running and owning her firm.

o   C4, Equine-Assisted Learning
Learn how to facilitate an EAL program at your center. We will cover participant goals and measureable objectives, lesson plans with equine interaction activities, how to frame the experience, when to let the horses do the framing and assessment tools.
Susan Lutz is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning and Associate Evaluator. Her background in social and life skills came through work in residential and school settings with children, teens and adults. Jenna McNair is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor with13 years of experience in the EAAT industry.

2 to 2:15 p.m.                           Break

2:15 to 3:15 p.m.                     Session D

o   D1, Ground Drive Your Way to Equine Physical and Mental Health
Center representatives will learn a new way to engage their horses mentally and keep older horses (and those recovering from illness or injury) physically fit and limber.
Lisa Wysocky is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning and Mentor. She is also an award-winning author and equine clinician who has a degree in equine management from the University of Minnesota.

o   D2, Maximizing Your Fundraising Potential
Put your best foot forward in your fundraising initiatives and fundraising potential.
Knox Brewer is development director at Saddle Up!, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Franklin, TN. Tina Carpenter is development coordinator and instructor at Saddle Up!. Jennifer Pennington is a community volunteer for the Saddle Up! Advisory Board.

o   D3, The Purple Helmet Society: Turning Your Students’ Moms Into a Respite Community of Riders and Volunteers
What do you do with all those moms who bring their kids to the lessons? How do you nurture, support and provide respite for them? How do you use them to further the mission of your center? Calvin Center’s model of the “Purple Helmet Society” demonstrates a program that creates community while increasing volunteer numbers, enhancing program and even providing a little bit of income.
Gretchen Ahrens is the equestrian director at the Calvin Center Therapeutic Riding Program, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Hampton, GA. She is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and holds full instructor certification for the American Association for Horsemanship Safety.

3:15 to 3:30 p.m.                     Break

3:30 to 5 p.m.                          Session E

o   E1, How to Increase or Decrease Certain Behaviors: Making Sense of Applied Behavior Analysis
Gain a basic understanding of the use of Applied Behavior Analysis to increase behaviors that you want to see while decreasing difficult behaviors.
Beth Urbanczyk, MSCCC and board certified behavior analyst , has more than 20 years of experience working with children and disabilities. She is the co-owner of Scarab Behavioral Health Services, LLC, Nashville, TN, and is the current president of the Tennessee Association for Behavior Analysis.

o   E2, Reach Higher: Opportunities for Uniting with Higher Education
A panel discussion with representatives from a variety of academic disciplines, sharing experiences, reaching across learning boundaries and working to make connections in human and equine learning. A must for anyone considering the benefits of partnering with local colleges and universities.
Annette Little is an associate professor of education at Lipscomb University and a board certified behavior analyst who uses a farm setting to teach social skills to children with autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Holly Spooner is an associate professor of horse science at Middle Tennessee State University where she conducts research in equine nutrition and exercise physiology, as well as teaching numerous courses. Dr. Spooner has a lifetime of horse industry experience including training, showing and judging for the American Quarter Horse Association and American Stock Horse Association. Judy Skeen, PhD, is a professor of religion at Belmont University and works with humans and horses in learning and activities that lead toward greater wholeness for all.

o   E3 Equine Chiropractic
Explore treating the whole horse, utilizing chiropractic treatments and acupuncture to rehabilitate and restore horses back to their highest potential. 
Dr. Mark Wooten, DVM, is a 1982 graduate from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine who has 32 years of experience as a practicing veterinarian and equine chiropractor.

o   E4 Horse Centered Workshops for Volunteers
Enjoy three different workshops including: 

§  "Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Bag?" - a desensitizing workshop

§  "Who Moved Who?" - observations of horses and their behavior

§  "Do You Know Where Your Horse Is?" - etiquette, observation and anticipation in handling horses

Pam Rogan is the founder and executive director of Harmony Farms in Rockledge, FL; she is also a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor with more than two decades of experience providing equine-assisted activities and therapies. 

5 to 5:15 p.m.                          Break

5 to 6:30 p.m.                          Registration Open

5:15 to 6:30 p.m.                     State Meetings

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.                     Dinner at Miller Coliseum

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.                     Silent Auction and Merchandise Table Open – pick up items at close of dinner.

 

 

Sunday, August 10

(all events at MTSU Horse Science Center and Miller Coliseum)

8 to 9 a.m.                               Breakfast on your Own

8 to 9 a.m.                               Registration Open

9 to 10 a.m.                             Session F

o   F1, Interactive Vaulting
What is interactive vaulting? How can it benefit your center and your participants? Get your questions answered about what is needed to implement a PATH Intl. interactive vaulting program: appropriate participants/horses, equipment and instructor certification. A demonstration of a real interactive vaulting lesson will show components of incorporating the barrel, horse, social interactions amongst the vaulters and a few of the different positions on horseback.
Terri Knauer is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor, Interactive Vaulting Instructor, Lead Evaluator, Site Visitor and founder and executive director of Therapeutic Animal Partners in Spring Hill, TN.

o   F2, The Center of Equine Recovery for Veterans: A Unique Collaboration
MTSU Horse Science partnered with the Veteran’s Recovery Center to create a unique community-integrated, recovery-oriented program for veterans while at the same time provide valuable EAAT experience to horse science students. This program helps veterans who struggle with hope, self-esteem, trust and community integration due to serious and persistent mental illness.
Sarah Newton-Cromwell, MS, is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor and Mentor with 17 years of EAAT experience.

o   F3, Improving Instruction Through Task Analysis
This session will introduce instructors to the concept of Hierarchical Task Analysis to improve their ability to communicate and teach simple and complex skills to their riders.
Lynn Petr, BS degree in special education and MS degree in therapeutic recreation, is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, Mentor, Lead Site Visitor and founder and executive director of Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Lenoir City, TN. 

10 to 10:15 a.m.                      Break

10:15 to 11:45 a.m.                 Session G

o   G1, The Future for Higher Education and Research Within EAAT:  It’s All About Collaboration
This panel discussion will share how higher education is and can be involved in EAAT education as well as in collaboration with EAAT centers. It will also focus on creating quality research designs and ideas for current research projects. There will be ample time for members to share ideas and inspiration from the conference. Some of the topics and panelists include:

§  Utilizing Therapy (OT, PT, SLP) in Conjunction With EAAT to Evaluate Efficacy of Treatment and Reaching Individual Goals
Kathryn M. Guillot, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a new faulty member of MTSU in the department of communication disorders and has 10 years of clinical experience in working with a variety of children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

§  Pilot Research for PT/OT With Hippotherapy
Sandra Zaccari, PT, is with Saddle UP!, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Franklin, TN.

§  Potential For Research and Research Design in Higher Ed
Dr. Holly Spooner is an associate professor of horse science at Middle Tennessee State University where she conducts research in equine nutrition and exercise physiology, as well as teaching numerous courses. Dr. Spooner has a lifetime of horse industry experience including training, showing and judging for the American Quarter Horse Association and American Stock Horse Association.

§  Sarah Newton-Cromwell, MS, is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor and Mentor with 17 years of EAAT experience.

12 p.m.                                    To-Go Lunch

 

 

Thanks for coming. Have a safe drive home!


Early registration ends on May 27, 2014.
Regular registration starts on May 28, 2014 and ends on Jul 18, 2014.
Late registration starts on Jul 19, 2014.
All times are 12:00am (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).