ESMHL Workshop

ESMHL Workshop

Equine Specialist inMental Health and Learning Workshop and Skills Test

  This three-day workshop is offered to:

  • Equine professionals and therapeutic riding instructors who are interested in working with individuals with mental health and/or learning issues
  • Mental Health or Education Professionals who are interested in gaining experience in incorporating EAAT into their current treatment protocols
  • Provide an overview of Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) standards, core values, EAL and EAP programs, and examples of what EAL and EAP programs may look like
  • Define the role of the equine specialist
  • Educate individuals on safe equine handling practices, equine body language, and equine communication
  • Offers roleplay and hands-on experience
  • Collaborative discussions regarding the therapy and education teams and their roles
  • Prepare individuals who are seeking the PATH Intl. ESMHL Certification


Dates:  June 9, 2021 to June 12, 2021

Workshop: June 9, 2021 to June 11, 2021 / Skills Handling Test: June 12, 2021

Location:  Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center

Address:  10120 Fire Tower Rd, Toano, VA 23168


  • Workshop & Horsemanship Skills Test: $675 (Includes continental breakfast, lunch, drinks and snacks)
  • Workshop Only: $500
  • Horsemanship Skills Test Only:  $175
  • Audit Only: $250

Registration Deadline:  May 3, 2021

(Payment must be received with your registration forms in order to secure your spot)

PATH Intl. Faculty: Joseph Callan and Nancy Beers (subject to change without notice)

Click Here to read the PATH Intl. ESMHL FAQ Page

Please Note:  Completing this workshop does not certify nor license you to conduct psychotherapy.


Additional Information

How to Register:

Complete the Dream Catchers workshop registration packet and send to Dream Catchers by mail or email (preferred) to:

Mailing address:     Dream Catchers, P.O. Box 1261, Williamsburg, VA 23187 / Attn:  Beth Yurkovac, Operations Manager
Please include your payment with mailed registration packets

Click Here for Welcome Letter

Click Here for Registration Packet

Click Here for Flyer

Download Certification Booklet & Application Booklet from the PATH Intl. Website

Cancellation and Refund Policy:  Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center reserves the right to cancel the workshop & skills test on or before May 3, 2021 if registration is not likely to cover expenses.  Dream Catchers will refund all registration fees in full should we cancel the workshop. Dream Catchers will NOT be responsible for any travel or other expenses incurred.

Participants choosing to cancel after May 3, 2021 will receive a refund minus a non-refundable $200.00 deposit.

Late Registrations:  Registrations may be accepted after the May 3, 2021 deadline if there is still space available, however additional fees will apply.  Please contact Beth Yurkovac at for a detailed list of additional fees that will be required.


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Transportation: There is no public transportation available.  A rental car will be required.


Holiday Inn Express

720 Lightfoot Road, Williamsburg, VA

Phone: 757-220-0062

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Please call or e-mail Beth Yurkovac, Operations Manager with any questions:  E-Mail: / Phone Number: 757-794-3262