PATH Intl. Equine Specialist Workshop, 2024

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PATH International 

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning 

Workshop and Skills Test

Hosted by Carousel Park Equestrian Center

March 22 - March 25, 2024


What is an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning?

A PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ES) serves as the equine expert in equine- assisted services (EAS).

A PATH Intl. Certified Equine Specialist

  • is knowledgeable in horsemanship 
  • has a thorough understanding of the ways equine behavior affects human responses 
  • evaluates the role of the equine during the mental health or education sessions they supervise
  • understands how to collaborate with a mental health therapist and/or educator to best meet the client’s needs. 
  • has a general knowledge of mental health and education processes

A PATH Intl. Certified Equine Specialist is responsible for

  • ensuring the safety and well-being of the equine
  • assessing the equine’s response to any interactions
  • assuring that the interactions within the EAS session are ethical
  • prohibiting/stopping any activity that compromises the well-being of the equine
  • helping to keep the EAS safe

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University of Delaware


The three-day Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Workshop is for experienced equestrians, instructors, mental health professionals, and educators who are interested in equine-assisted services (EAS) such as equine-facilitated mental health and education programs. 


This specialized training is taught by a mental health professional and an equine specialist and uses a combination of lectures, discussions, demonstrations, role-plays, and hands-on exercises with equines to

  • provide an overview of PATH Intl. standards, core values, equine-assisted services, and examples of what EAS programming may look like
  • define the role of the equine specialist
  • educate individuals on safe equine handling practices, equine body language, and equine communication
  • inform participants on EAS therapy and education teams and their roles
  • prepare individuals who are seeking the PATH Intl. ESMHL Certification

Please note:  This workshop is NOT designed to train educators or mental health professionals how to perform their professional roles in an EAS setting. 

Workshop Dates: March 22 – 24, 2024 from 8:00am to 5:30pm

Skills Test Date:  March 25, 2024 (time to be assigned)


PATH Intl. Faculty

Antionette DeGruccio, Mental Health Professional
Nancy Van Wyk, Equine Professional


Carousel Park & Equestrian Center
3700 Limestone Road
Wilmington, DE 19808

Phone: 302-995-7670

Carousel Park is not responsible for any travel or other expenses incurred.

Registration Deadline: February 23, 2024

To register for this event, go to PATH Intl. ESMHL Workshop/Skills Test Registration