While the rise of awareness about equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) has been astounding over the last decade, there are still many people who ask, “What is that?” One way to gain information is on the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Association (PATH Intl.) website, particularly on the Learn About EAAT page.
Another way to learn, however, is to gain valuable knowledge and actually network with those in the field by attending a PATH Intl. conference. PATH Intl. is made up of nearly 8,000 individual members and 881 center members from all over the world. This vast network is divided geographically into 11 different regions that facilitate communication, networking, educational opportunities and outreach as well as increase the professionalism and knowledge of EAAT.
Annually, each region conducts a region conference to provide networking and opportunities for continuing education on a more local level. Workshop sessions are generally presented by regional experts in the EAAT field and are on a broad spectrum of topics, from horse care and EAAT programs (such as veterans or carriage driving) to marketing, collaborations and research findings on the impact of EAAT on individuals with special needs.
PATH Intl. Region Conferences offer those in the equine industry a wonderful opportunity to learn more about EAAT in a fun and relaxed setting, while meeting knowledgeable and dedicated members. If you have ever wondered what EAAT is all about or wonder if it could benefit you or someone you know, find out at a PATH Intl. Region Conference.
The 2019 PATH Intl. Regional Conferences schedule has been set. Conferences start in February and run through August around the country. Visit the PATH Intl. website to find a region conference near you.
Can’t make a region conference? Join us in the association’s headquarter city, Denver, CO, for the 50th anniversary celebration, November 8-10, 2019, at the Westin Westminster. More details coming soon.
About PATH Intl.:
The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International(r) (PATH Intl(r).) was formed in 1969 to promote safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs. At 881 member centers, more than 66,000 children and adults, including nearly 6,200 veterans, may find improved health, wellness, fun and a sense of pride and independence through involvement with horses. Therapeutic horsemanship at member centers may include hippotherapy, equine-facilitated mental health, driving, interactive vaulting, trail riding, competition, ground work and stable management. Through a wide variety of educational resources, the association helps individuals start and maintain successful EAAT programs. There are more than 62,000 volunteers, 5,011 instructors, 7,800 equines and thousands of contributors from all over the world helping people at PATH Intl. Member Centers.
For more information, contact:
Cher Smith, Communications Coordinator
(800) 369-7433, ext.123
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