Introduction to Animal Assisted Therapy
Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (MDT)
The unique strength of Animal Assisted Therapy is that it allows clients to practice and experience new behaviors and ways of seeing themselves. Rather than talking about their problems, clients are actively engaging in new behaviors. In this process Clients are developing confidence and mastery therefore increasing success in carrying out these behaviors in their natural world.
Linda Chassman, PhD., LMFT July 2012
Animals can be helpful in many different counseling settings and research has shown a variety of benefits. However, when working with animals in a professional setting there are many considerations: client and animals needs, legal and ethical issues, certifications, registration, training… And how do you get started?
This fun and experiential workshop will provide attendees with all the practical information necessary to determine how to get started working with your animal in a professional setting. It is the first in a series of upcoming workshops that will help participants develop competency in animal assisted therapy. Participants will have the opportunity to work with our therapy animals!
· Understand the unique benefits of animals in a counseling setting
· Understand the differences between types of animal assisted activities, including animal assisted therapy and differences between volunteer and professional work with animals
· Understand health and welfare issues for clients and animals in AAA’s
· Determine which types of animals, and what characteristics are helpful and appropriate for different client populations
· Evaluate your animal’s character and skill set in terms of their appropriateness for work with clients in different settings
· Understand the legal requirements and concerns when working with animals in a professional setting
· Determine the need for certification, registration and additional training for animals and counselor/animal teams
· Understand how to get a program started
What Attendees Will Gain:
· Understanding of how animals can contribute to your counseling work
· Knowledge about different settings and types of animal assisted work
· Knowledge of the qualities and skills needed for an effective and safe therapy animal
· Understanding about interactions between different client populations and different animals
· Understanding of the legal considerations when working with animals
· Understanding of the ethical considerations when working with animals
· Understanding of animal rights and animal care issues
· Guidelines for certification, registration, and other training for animals and teams
· Suggestions on how to get a program started
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There is ample parking on the driveway and street. Handicap parking is available
What can/can't I bring to the event?
Please wear closed-toes shoes. Do not bring your animal!
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
email@example.com or 720-266-4444x0
What is the refund policy?
FULL REFUNDS MINUS A $15 PROCESSING FEE PER WORKSHOP WILL BE GIVEN WHEN CANCELLATION IS REQUESTED AT LEAST 15 DAYS PRIOR TO THE WORKSHOP DATE. AFTER THAT A $30 PROCESSING FEE PER WORKSHOP WILL APPLY.
When & Where
Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado
Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado is the largest and most experienced clinical program providing Animal Assisted Psychotherapy in the US. We provide hands-on training for professionals and students in the Human Services fields who are interested in integrating animals into their practice. We also offer a Certificate in Animal Assisted Psychotherapy that provides clinical training and supervision as well as professional recognition.
All live training takes place at their Barking CAAT Ranch, a small animal sanctuary located just minutes from Downtown Denver.
Training is provided by professionals who are specialists and pioneers in their field.
Continuing Education is available for all workshops and is Approved by NBCC, State of California BBS and DORA.