Is It Time to Go Pro? PATH Intl. Can Help!

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There comes a time when all your dreams come together, all the information is there and all you need to do is take that first step.

Do you have dreams of being an instructor in equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT)? Do you have aspirations of opening your own center in order to help individuals overcome challenges? PATH Intl. has just the resources you need.

Given the number of participants on waiting lists at PATH Intl. Centers, there is no better time to become a PATH Intl. Certified Professional. Certified instructors and equine specialists in mental health and learning get their start in various ways: by having a college degree in a specialty, by attending and completing a program at a PATH Intl. Higher Ed member institution, by taking college coursework or by volunteering at a PATH Intl. Center. No matter where you start, PATH Intl. has the resources to help you become credentialed, which sets you apart as a respected professional. Check the calendar for onsite workshops and certification events.

PATH Intl. remains dedicated to offering educational opportunities in a variety of online delivery formats. Through online courses (including a new online course on autism spectrum disorder and EAAT), webinars and conference session recordings, individuals find the resources they need to become credentialed professionals. Click here for online education listings.

If your dream is to become an EAAT center, PATH Intl. can help there as well. Currently, there are 877 member centers providing services to more than 62,000 children and adults (including more than 5,500 veterans). Member centers range from small, one-person programs to large operations with several credentialed instructors. They are respected in their communities, and their reputation makes them sought out by families and caregivers of individuals with challenges.

To start a center, grow and succeed, a proper foundation must be laid. The PATH Intl. How to Start an EAAT Center/Program, a basic information startup packet, can help. This packet includes practical advice, job descriptions, copies of PATH Intl.'s most recent membership publications and other information. The packet is available as a download or as a printed copy. Click here to purchase the download version. Click here to purchase the printed copy.

Whether you dream of being an instructor or of starting a center, go pro with PATH Intl. Need more information? Contact Kim Sperry, PATH Intl. Member Representative.

The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) was formed in 1969 to promote safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs. At 877 member centers, more than 62,400 children and adults, including 5,500 veterans, may find improved health, wellness and a sense of pride, independence and fun 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 55,000 volunteers, 4,846 instructors, 7,546 equines and thousands of contributors from all over the world helping people at PATH Intl. Member Centers.