PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning Workshop and Horsemanship Skills Test

Dates: March 22-25, 2021


Hosted by: Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center in Bend, Oregon
Registration Deadline: February 1, 2021

Costs: $625
$500 (Workshop)

$125 (Test)

Join PATH Intl’s Leslie McCullough (PhD, LCSW, LSOTP, PATH TRI, ESMHL) and Trish Broersma (MS, LMT,
PATH TRI, ESMHL) for a 3-day ESMHL Workshop and Horsemanship Exam.

About the Workshop:  

  • Provides specialized training for experienced equestrians, instructors, or mental health professionals and educators who are interested in equine-facilitated mental health and education programs. The workshop will not count toward certification for anyone except an equine specialist.  
  • Is taught by a mental health professional and an equine specialist, using a combination of lectures,  demonstrations, role-plays, and hands-on exercises with equines. 
  • Focuses on the specific role of the equine handler (equine specialist) when assisting or collaborating with the mental health counselor or educator in designing safe, mutually respectful, and effective activities to enhance participant outcomes, determining specific equine handling methods as well as understanding students with mental health and/or learning issues.  
  • Teaches participants how to create and maintain a therapeutic and educational environment,  including a review of current PATH Intl. standards as they relate to equine-facilitated psychotherapy programs.  
  • Includes demonstrations and exercises to increase awareness of equine behavior and how the behavior might enhance or endanger those in a therapy session.  
  • Emphasizes keeping the equines and all participants in the session safe at all times. 
  • Gives particular attention to assessing the equine’s response to student behaviors and needs.  
  • Facilitates the collaboration between the mental health professional/educator and the equine specialist.  
  • Gives participants the opportunity to look at treatment plans with a health professional and develop lesson plans based on client goals.

Workshop Learning Goals:  

  • Create a therapeutic environment  
  • Understand equine care and management and ethical treatment of the equine-facilitated mental  health and/or learning equine  
  • Understand how to maintain the association’s code of ethics and standards, including the ethical  treatment of the equine  
  • Design appropriate exercises based on the IEP (individual education plan) or mental health treatment  plan  
  • Collaborate with other members of the team (mental health or education professional and the  equine) to meet treatment goals or the individual education plan goals.  


Healing Reins is the only PATH International Premier Accredited Therapeutic Riding Center east of the  Cascades in Oregon and provides an ideal spot for your workshop experience this summer. If you have any questions, please contact Jess Lydon, Community Relations Manager, at 541-382-9410, or e-mail her directly.  

Accommodations are available at Comfort Inn Suites in Bend: 541-617-9696. 

For more information about activities in Bend, please go to or call Visit Bend at 877-245-8484.  

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Healing Reins reserves the right to cancel the workshop by February 1, 2021, if we do not have 12 paid attendees and/or because of COVID19 state restrictions. Anyone signed up prior to the cancellation date will receive a full refund.  

Refund Policy: Healing Reins will provide a 100% refund if the participant cancels before February 1, 2021.
COVID19 Protocol: Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center has taken safety steps to ensure participants, staff and visitors are safe.

Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center (the course location) is located at:
60575 Billadeau Rd., Bend, OR 97702
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 5593, Bend, OR 97708