PATH Intl. Region Conferences Provide Small Setting, Big Benefits

Does the thought of a big conference with dozens of learning sessions and networking events make you nervous? Especially if you are new to the field or just wanting to learn a little bit more?

The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) is made up of more than 7,600 individual members and 866 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 equine-assisted activities and therapies (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 programs or carriage driving) to marketing, collaborations and research findings on the impact of EAAT on individuals with special needs. Regional conferences run from now through August, so there is a lot to choose from.

While PATH Intl. members may gain the greatest benefit from PATH Intl. Region Conferences (including continuing education units for instructors), non-members have 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 therapeutic horsemanship offers or if it could benefit you or someone you know, find out at a PATH Intl. Region Conference. Visit the PATH Intl. website to find a region conference near you. (Still make you nervous? Watch for information on the 2020 virtual conference.)

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 873 member centers, nearly 69,000 children and adults, including more than 6,700 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 nearly 62,000 volunteers, 4,776 instructors, 7,943 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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