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Have you heard of the new PATH Intl. Autism Spectrum Disorder & EAAT Online Course yet?  We are thrilled with the development of this three-week course because of focused learning objectives to inform professionals how to create effective and enjoyable lessons for all ages and levels in equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT). The course includes a feature presentation by a physician with the University of Colorado School of Medicine Children’s Hospital Colorado and offers many other resources to advance your instructor ‘tool box.’  PATH Intl. Member Center’s report that ASD participants are the most prevalent individuals receiving services at programs. You can expect this course to deliver on key characteristics of the disorder, appropriate communication techniques and behavior management strategies. We hope you join us in a session very soon.

Over 450 PATH Intl. Member Centers are currently serving youth-at-risk. For instructors serving youth that have experienced trauma, abuse and neglect, this course aims to describe how trauma may affect EAAT participants and guide instructors on how to develop a trauma-informed approach to EAAT.
Instructor Training for PATH International Equine Services for Heroes®
This course offers instructors an understanding of basic military culture, terminology and common reasons that veterans and service members seek out EAAT. Learners will develop mindful communication skills, center policies and processes for participant assessment, planning and identifying precautions and contraindications.
This four-week mentor training course meets the requirements to become an official PATH Intl. Mentor. Quality mentorship is a key component to achieving any level or discipline of certification. This skill development program has been created in response to the need for a formalized education process to enhance the skills of those who mentor. The objective is to increase the number of qualified mentors available to instructors-in-training and to provide current PATH Intl. Certified Professionals with a continuing education opportunity while enhancing personal observation, evaluation and feedback skills.
PATH Intl. Spinal Cord Injury, Paralysis & EAAT
This course offers instructors an understanding of SCI conditions and how to apply this knowledge to the development of safe and effective EAAT lesson plans. Course curriculum will focus on integrating new ideas for offering a participant-centered approach to planning and facilitating EAAT.
PATH Intl. Standards Course
The PATH Intl. Standards Course provides guidance to certified professionals and centers to strive toward best practices and is currently a required course(either in person or online-formerly the CAT Course) for center accreditation and PATH Intl. certifications. This interactive, multi-module course is designed to help the learner gain a thorough understanding of the importance and application of the PATH Intl. Standards.
Conference Recordings 
Addressing PTSD in Military Veterans Using Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy 
Advanced Veteran Lesson Plans for Extreme Trail Obstacles 
Effects of Therapeutic Riding on Functioning and Quality of Life in Veterans 
From Statistics to Stability: Changing the Trajectory for Youth in Foster Care 
Immersion Summer Program 
Lungeing: Unmounted Activity Curriculum 
Promoting Independence at All Riding Levels 
Speech: It Starts at the Hips and Ends at the Lips 
The Right Fit: Volunteer Considerations for Veterans Programs 
Understanding the Mental Health of Horses
Adaptive Tack 
Cerebral Palsy: The Basics 
Cultural Considerations of Using Signs In EAAT 
Equine-Assisted Learning Webinar Series 
Mounted Games 
PATH Intl. Business Planning for EAAT 
PATH Intl. Strategic Planning for EAAT
Take the Reins -- Volunteer Screening, a free guest webinar by PATH Intl. Sponsor CastleBranch

FREE PATH Intl. Members: Understanding Stress:  Basic Physiology, Behavior and Learning Webinar

Thursday, October 28th, 2021 at 10am-11am MDT

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Please note you must be a current PATH Intl. member in order to be approved for registration. Please allow 24 hours to be approved for registration.


Gain a basic understanding of the physiology of stress in mammals (humans and horses) and how it plays a role in behavior and learning. Topics will include distress (bad stress) versus eustress (good stress), ways to determine the differences in horses, the importance of understanding coping strategies, and using observations and ethograms to improve welfare. Some issues of misinterpretation and anthropomorphism as well as options for managing horses both in and out of classes will be discussed.

Takeaways/Learning Objectives

  • Understanding the physiology of stress in humans and horses
  • Recognizing the differences and behavioral indicators of good and bad stress in horses
  • Understanding how high and low levels of stress (and types of stress) impact learning in both horses and humans

Emily Kieson 

Ph.D., M.S., PgDip, ESMHL
Equine Welfare

FREE PATH Intl. Members: Serving Those Who Served...And Still Serve presented by Tara Mahoney

Thursday, November 18th, 2021 at 10 a.m.-11 a.m. MST - 1 CEU
*This will be recorded and available exclusively for members*

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Please note you must be a current PATH Intl. member in order to be approved for registration. Please allow 24 hours to be approved for registration.


There are over 300 PATH, Intl. Centers facilitating Equine Assisted Services to Veterans, Active Duty Service Members, First Responders and their Supports. Join us as we take a deep dive into trauma informed care, theories and methods, best practices and available evidence based data (which helps with funding!). We will also explore the underserved and undefined population of Hidden Heroes (Caregivers and Healers).


  • Understand the continuum of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to Post-Traumatic Growth
  • Articulate "Why Horses?" to funders, medical community providers and clients
  • Join the call to action to serve those who have served and still serve

Tara Mahoney
PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes Committee

Tara Mahoney is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She graduated from Boston College studying Neuroscience and holds a Master's in Counseling with certifications in Forensic Psychology and Veteran Behavioral Health. Since 1996, Tara has counseled in diverse settings including a correctional facility, NYC homeless shelter for veterans, in-patient psychiatric hospital, Vet Center, Family Drug Court, DBT Out-Patient Clinic and private practice. For the past decade, Tara has combined her professional calling with her lifetime passion for horses. She has focused her education, experience and energy into the field of animal-assisted alternative therapies. Tara is proud to support the PATH Intl. mission while serving on the Equine Services for Heroes Committee. She also serves on the Education Committee for Horses and Humans Research Foundation and Sierra Club Military Task Force. Her current role as CEO of Equine Immersion Project (EIP) is the highlight of her career. She is honored to serve those who have served- veterans, active duty service members, law enforcement/first responders as well as their families and supports. EIP provides trauma-informed equine assisted services to heal the Invisible Wounds of War (PTS, Traumatic Brain Injury, Military Sexual Trauma and Moral Injury).






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