Professional Enrichment

Training & Education

High Hopes is committed to opportunity, education and excellence offering a variety of workshops, certifications and on-demand offerings through High Hopes and PATH Int’l.

Equine Specialist Mental Health and Learning Workshop & Practical Horsemanship Skills Test
November 17-20, 2017
& April 2018 (Dates TBD)

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 – November 17-20, 2017

Registration Deadline: October 13, 2017

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.

Horsemanship Skills Test – November 20, 2017

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


ESMHL Workshop and Skills Test Information and Registration

The Equus Effect "Vetted Program"
January 7-10, 2018

The Equus Effect Organization will conduct training for centers at High Hopes in January 2018 to help facilities serve our military heros.  For additional information, please contact Jane Strong at (203) 803-9507 or log on to .


Advanced Prep Workshop
February 5-7, 2018

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.


Participants must be PATH Intl. Registered Instructors with over 75 hours of

Participants must be secure riders at walk, trot and canter

Registration deadline:  January 2, 2018

Non-Profit Business, Development & Administrative Management Workshop
February 14-15, 2018

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.

Day 1: Nonprofit Business Administration:
Develop an understanding of and utilize solid management practices
that will ensure your organization survives and thrives in today’s

Day 2: Fundraising and Communications
Build a well-rounded fundraising program to ensure long term
financial sustainability.

In addition, there will be a discussion on developing a multi faceted approach to communicating with your constituency. Topics will include identifying your target audience, using social media tools and creating engaging newsletters

Registration deadline:  February 1, 2018

Therapy Horse
March 13, 2018

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.

Topics include:

Recruiting and selecting the right horses for your program

Planning a trial period

Tailored training systems to create willing partners

Stress control: management techniques for happy horses

Life beyond the TR Center

Registration Deadline: February 19, 2018

Mentor Training Workshop
May 17-28, 2018

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.

Registration deadline:  April, 2018

2017 Mentor Training Workshop Information & Registration

Future Professional Enrichment Workshops 2018 (Dates to be announced)

Winter Lecture Series – Winter 2018

Sensory Integration – February 2018

ESMHL – Spring & Fall 2018

Beyond ESMHL – February 2018


On-Site Workshop and Certification – June 2018

Volunteer Management Workshop
March 29-30, 2018

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 and data tracking and more!

Registration Deadline:  February 26, 2018