Announcing our 2017 PATH Intl. Therapeutic Driving Workshop & Certification at Touchstone Farm!

PATH Intl. Driving Workshop – October 10 – 12, 2017

PATH Intl. Driving Instructor Certification – October 12 – 14, 2017

PATH Workshop:  This three-day workshop is a requirement for PATH Driving Instructor Certification.  This workshop may be taken ‘back-to-back’ with the Certification, if so desired.  The Workshop includes: Driving Safely, Harnessing, Putting To, Different Vehicles, How to Instruct Driving, Driving Equipment, Hands on Practice in Enclosed Arena, Training and Selection of Horses.

PATH Intl. Workshop participant application booklet.  Please complete the application form found on pages 6-11 of the booklet and return with payment to Touchstone Farm  13 Pony Farm Lane Temple NH 03084

http://www.pathintl.org/images/pdf/resources/certifications/PATH-Intl-Driving-Workshop-App.pdf

  • Please note, auditors are not eligible for certification until they have attended the Workshop as a full participant.
  • PATH Workshop begins promptly at 5:00 pm on Tuesday Oct 10, 2017!
  • We strongly recommend that you plan to arrive at Touchstone Farm early to be ready to start on time.
  • Please allow sufficient time for departure when making travel arrangements, Manchester Intl. Airport is 1 hour away! 
  • PATH Workshop ends promptly at 3:00 pm on Thursday Oct 12, 2017!  With 1-2 hour break for those participants staying on for PATH Driving Instructor Certification Exam!
  • There are three PATH Intl. Driving Levels, for more information and details of how to achieve each level please visit the PATH website at http://www.pathintl.org/resources-education/certifications/driving

PATH Driving Instructor Certification:  All candidates must first complete a PATH Intl. On-Site Driving Workshop as a full participant (not as an auditor) and then pass the PATH Intl. On-Site Driving Certification.

Driving Certification includes practicum portions and examinations, which will determine whether an individual meets the requirements for each level.  At the conclusion of the certification, the candidate will be informed of the evaluator’s recommendation for certification of Level I or Level II.  Candidates will be notified of their final results in writing by the PATH Intl. office.

**Make sure that you have successfully completed the PATH Intl. Driving Open Book Exam with a score of 92% or higher and the PATH Intl. Standards Course/Exam before October 2, 2017!  To sign up for the exams, contact Bret Maceyak, PATH Intl. Instructor Cert. Coordinator, at (303) 452-1212 x114

  • PATH Certification begins promptly at 5:00 pm on Thursday Oct 12, 2017!
  • We strongly recommend that you plan to arrive at Touchstone Farm early to be ready to start on time.
  • Please allow sufficient time for departure when making travel arrangements, Manchester Intl. Airport is 1 hour away!  
  • PATH Certification typically continues past 4:00 pm on Saturday Oct 14, 2017! 

PATH Intl. Certification Program Application booklet.  Please complete the application form found on pages 19-29 of the booklet and return with payment to Touchstone Farm  13 Pony Farm Lane Temple NH 03084

http://www.pathintl.org/images/pdf/resources/certifications/PATH-Intl-Driving-Cert-Booklet.pdf

  • Please become familiar with the prerequisites, evaluation, criteria, and code of ethics before applying.  
  • Please use the checklist  (pg. 7) when submitting the application to Touchstone Farm.  Certification cannot be audited!
  • There are three PATH Intl. Driving Levels, for more information and details of how to achieve each level please visit the PATH website at http://www.pathintl.org/resources-education/certifications/driving

*For additional information regarding the PATH Intl. Instructor Certification Program and PATH Intl. individual membership, please contact the PATH Intl. office at (800) 369-RIDE (7433) or visit the PATH Intl. website at www.pathintl.org


GENERAL SCHEDULE 

A detailed day-by-day schedule will be available on the TSF event’s webpage as the event approaches:

http://www.touchstone-farm.org/clinics-certifications-and-workshops/

PATH Workshop (3 days)                                                    PATH Certification (3 days)

Day 1- Tue. (10/10/17): 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm                      Day 3- Thurs. (10/12/17): 5:00 pm   –                                                                                                                             * mandatory presence for testing from                                                                                                                           6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Day 2- Wed. (10/11/17): 8:00 am – 6:30 pm                    Day 4 Fri. (10/13/17): 8::00 am – 5:00 pm

Day 3 Thur. (10/12/17): 8:00 am – 4:00 pm                      Day 5 Sat. (10/14/17): 8:00 am – until done!

                                                                                                                (approx. 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm)      

  • Please do not book return flights before 6:00 pm on the last day of the certification, Manchester NH Intl. Airport is 1 hour away!!

EVENT FEES

PATH Intl. Driving Workshop – Full Participant      $375.00

PATH Intl. Driving Workshop – Auditor                    $150.00

PATH Intl. Driving Certification                                $500.00

*Completed paperwork and payment are due by  September 8, 2017 for all participants. Note: Space is limited!


INSTRUCTOR BIOS

Tina Bennet, Lead Evaluator

A Lead Evaluator for PATH Intl. Driving Instructor workshop/certifications; 45-year career of working and training horses for riding and driving.  Instructor certifications for both riding and driving with PATH Intl. and Michigan 4-H for over 25 years; a licensed USTA Groom, Owner Breeder, Trainer and Driver working with Standardbred’s since 1983; Program Director and Lead Instructor for the 4-H Horseback Riding for the Handicappers Program of Bay County and the Exceptional Horseback Riders of Saginaw County; since 1995 serves on and off the PATH Driving Committee as a committee member or advisor and currently is the committee chair; manager of Temptation Farm – a breeding, foaling, and training facility for Jensen Quarter Horses.

Lauren Fitzgerald, Associate Evaluator

Dually certified PATH Advanced Level and Driving Level III Instructor; a lead registered riding evaluator and lead driving evaluator; graduate of Centenary College’s program of Equine  Studies with a concentration in instruction and training; a B.A. in English from Fordham University; active in equine assisted activities for many years and currently works at High Hopes Therapeutic Riding in Old Lyme, CT.; in 2015 received the Sis Gould Driving Award from PATH International.


HOST SITE  – Touchstone Farm is a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center!

Touchstone Farm,   the home of Horse Power

13 Pony Farm Lane Temple, NH 03084

(603) 654-6308. :  www.touchstone-farm.org

For additional information, please contact either Boo Martin at bmartin@touchstone-farm.org

or Kris Young at kyoung@touchstone-farm.org

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Workshop & Skills Exam Registration Information

PATH INTL. AND TOUCHSTONE FARM PRESENT

EQUINE SPECIALIST IN MENTAL HEALTH & LEARNING WORKSHOP AND PRACTICAL HORSEMANSHIP SKILLS EXAM

NOVEMBER 3-6, 2017

*Registration Note: Due to the HIGH demand for this ESMHL Workshop & Certification offering, be advised, the course may fill quickly. Touchstone Farm has created a “participant friendly” online payment process to reserve your spot at this workshop. Sign Up Early!

FACULTY

Trish Broersma, Lead ES, Faculty Evaluator  &  Leslie McCullough, Associate Mental Health Faculty Evaluator

CONTACT INFORMATION

Touchstone Farm, 13 Pony Farm Lane, Temple, NH 03084 www.touchstone-farm.org
Phone: 603.654.6308  Workshop Contact: Michelle Lowe, mlowe@touchstone-farm.org

When I attended my PATH ESMHL at Touchstone Farm, I was very impressed with the program.  The experiential nature of the three-day course I found to be inspiring and full of real life lessons.  Working directly with the horses, reflecting on our experiences and sharing our knowledge in small groups created a valuable leaning environment.  As an educator, I found the presentations from the facilitators to be informative as it followed the manual we were given which I still use as reference. Overall, I felt the training was valuable and well worth the investment of time and money.

Barbara Thorngren, M.Ed

IF YOU MAKE A PAYMENT ONLINE, MAKE A NOTE ON YOUR MAIL-IN REGISTRATION PAPER PACKET, to be credited properly 

ABOUT THE ESMHL WORKSHOP AND PRACTICAL HORSEMANSHIP SKILLS EXAM

This three-day workshop provides specialized training for equestrians who are interested in equine facilitated mental health and education programs. The workshop is followed by a day of individual assessment of each participant’s practical horsemanship skills. The un-mounted skills exam tests the participant’s horse handling ability/ground skills as well as how the participant relates to horses.

GENERAL SCHEDULE (A detailed day-by-day schedule will be available on the TSF event’s webpage as the event approaches: http://www.touchstone-farm.org/clinics-certifications-and-workshops/)

ESMHL Workshop (3 days)                                                 Practical Horsemanship Skills Exam (1 day)

Day 1- Fri. (11/3/17): 8:00 am – 5:00 pm                    Day 2- Sat. (11/4/17): 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Day 3- Sun. (11/5/17): 8:00 am – 5:00 pm                 Day 3 Sun. (11/5/17): 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm (skills exam review)

Day 4 Mon. (11/6/17): 8:00 am – until all practical horsemanship  skills exams and candidates’ personal and individual evaluation meetings (approximately 20 minutes each) are concluded.

This training is designed for Equine Professionals, Therapeutic Riding Instructors, and those who wish to enhance their ability to work with mental health and education professionals and their clients. This training focuses on the specific role of the Equine Specialist when

  • assisting or collaborating with human service providers,
  • designing safe, mutually beneficial and effective activities to enhance participant outcomes,
  • determining specific horse handling methods,
  • understanding students with mental health and/or learning issues,
  • assessing the horse’s response to student behaviors and needs.

This workshop also helps qualified participants prepare for the PATH Intl. Equine Specialist Certification. This workshop is not designed to train educators or mental health professionals how to perform their role in equine facilitated learning or psychotherapy.

Successful completion of the workshop and passing the skills exam are the first step of the three-step process for PATH certification as an Equine Specialist for Mental Health and Learning. Workshop participants are not required to take the skills exam immediately after the workshop, however, and may choose to take it at another time.

This workshop is taught by some of the most experienced people in the field of equine facilitated mental health and learning, giving participants a change to see what is current in the field. The workshop is team taught by an Equine Specialist/PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor in collaboration with a mental health professional working with several equines.

For additional information regarding the PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Workshop and Practical Horsemanship Skills Exam and Certification process, please check the PATH Intl. website www.pathintl.org.