Professional Enrichment

Training & Education

Current Enrichment Opportunities:

  • Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Workshop & Horsemanship Skills
  • Winter Lecture Series
  • Advanced Preparatory Workshop
  • Business Development & Administrative Workshop
  • Sensory Integration & Autism Workshop
  • Therapy  Horse Workshop
  • Volunteer Management
  • Mentor Training Workshop
  • Evaluator Training
  • The Equus Effect “Vetted” Program Training for Centers
  • “Beyond ESMHL”                                                                                                                          

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Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Workshop and Skills Test February 23-26, 2017

This is a three-day workshop offered to equine professionals and therapeutic riding instructors who work or would like to work with students with mental health and/or learning issues.
Workshop- February 23-25, 2017
Horsemanship Skills Test- February 26, 2017
Registration deadline:  January 19th
The workshop is a requirement of the ESMHL certification.  It is beneficial to have horsemanship skills and experience when attending this workshop but it is not required.

The skills test is held on day 4 following the ESMHL workshop.

21 years or older
Current PATH Int’l Individual Member
Equestrian skills on the flat in English or Western tack comparable to those described in Pony Club  or CHA Level l.
Familiarity with PATH Int’l standards and Code of Ethics, and/or PATH intl. Certified Therapeutic Instructor
2017 ESMHL Learning Workshop & Skills Information & Application

Winter Lecture Series January-February 2017

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., a PATH Intl. premier accredited center, offers full and half day lectures conducted as part of the PATH International Approved Instructor Training Course. Lectures are designed for the equine professional interested in therapeutic riding, therapeutic riding Instructor-In-Training candidate, and current Certified Instructors looking for advancement and continuing education hours.  Lectures are open to volunteers and professionals in the field for a nominal fee.

Registration is required 2 weeks prior to the day of the lecture.



2017 Winter Lecture Series Date/Course Information & Registration

Advanced Preparation Workshop February 6-8, 2017

This 3-day workshop will focus on providing a comprehensive review of PATH Intl. Advanced Instructor Criteria and will explore all aspects of the Criteria through classroom discussion, hands on learning, and teaching opportunities with current High Hopes participants. This workshop will include many opportunities for discussion and candidate evaluation.

Registration Deadline:  January 3, 2017

2017 Advanced Preparatory Workshop Information & Registration

Business & Administrative Workshop February 16-17, 2017

An interactive two-day workshop designed to help you meet your organization’s management, fundraising and communication needs. This workshop explores best practices in non-profit management, offers practical learning opportunities, case studies, and networking with peers.

Registration Deadline:  February 1, 2017



Nonprofit Business, Development & Administrative Workshop Information & Registration







Sensory Integration & Autism Workshop February 11, 2017

This workshop is ideal for all therapeutic riding professionals seeking an interactive, hands-on educational experience to further their understanding of Autism and Sensory Processing Issues in the TR setting. You will be led by Donna Latella, an occupational therapist and PATH Certified therapeutic riding instructor and Leslie Bridges-Parent, Pediatric Occupational Therapist.

Registration Deadline:  January 26, 2017

2017 Sensory Integration & Autism Workshop Information & Registration

Therapy Horse Lecture March 14, 2017

Equine selection and training are central to the success of our therapeutic horsemanship programs. Join our staff in a conversation about finding the right equine for your program’s needs, training them for their unique roles and maintaining their well-being to ensure longevity in your herd.

Registration deadline:  March 6, 2017


2017 Therapy Horse Lecture Information & Registration

Volunteer Management Workshop March 30-31, 2017

An interactive two-day workshop designed to help you develop strategies and techniques for managing volunteer resources.  Topics to include: Recruitment, training and retention, fostering volunteer relationships, managing volunteers for maximum effectiveness & volunteer program evaluation, data tracking !

Registration deadline:  March 6, 2017


2017 Volunteer Management Workshop Information & Registration

Mentor Training Workshop May 19-20, 2017

The purpose of this PATH Intl. workshop is to increase the professionalism and knowledge within the industry. This interactive training provides PATH Intl. Certified Instructors with an overview of the role of a mentor within the EAAT industry and the necessary skills and tools to apply this knowledge to mentor other instructor candidates. This workshop includes 12 hours of classroom education and 8 hours of online education, which applies towards annual continuing education hours for compliance as a PATH Intl. Certified Instructor. The objectives of the workshop are to enhance and build observation, evaluation and feedback skills through group activities and to give the mentor tools that will help individual mentors and centers in setting up a mentoring program, including enhancing communication skills and to build a trusting and collegial relationship between the mentor and mentee.

Registration deadline:  April 12, 2017

2017 Mentor Training Workshop Information & Registration


The Equus Effect "Vetted Program"

The Equus Effect Organization will conduct training for centers at High Hopes in January 2017 to help facilities serve our military heros.  For additional information, please contact Jane Strong at (203) 803-9507 or log on to .



Beyond ESMHL, April 7(6-8 pm) April 8-9 (8am-4pm), 2017


This workshop is designed for EAAT professionals seeking an interactive, hands-on, educational, networking experience. It will enhance their understanding of the benefits of Equine Assisted Learning and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and present more tools for future lessons or sessions.



"Beyond ESMHL" Workshop Information & Registration

2017 Evaluator Training Workshop To be determined

This one day training will explore and define the role of the evaluator, best practices, ethics, bias, and communication techniques.  The objective of the training is to enhance and build observation, evaluation, and feedback skills through group activities and discussion.  Successful completion of this training enables candidates to begin the apprenticeship process, the final step to becoming an evaluator.


For more information about attending High Hopes Evaluator Training Workshop or to discuss other topics , please email Patti Coyle at or call, (860) 434-1974 ext. 124.