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.
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/)
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.