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ANIMAL SYSTEMS provides a new model of animal-assisted interactions that intentionally integrates goal specific human-animal activities into what the provider actually DOES with the client. This model provides the scaffolding and tools for providers to build a bridge between what they know and do and how to do that with animals, when and if appropriate. The training is geared toward social workers, marriage and family therapists, counselors, and psychologists who are currently providing services to children, adults and families..
Integrating Animals in Evidence-based mental health practice: A new model for animal-assisted therapy
This two day workshop provides practical strategies for strengthening the planning and delivery evidence-based treatment incorporating animals. Topics include: systematic analysis of client systems (including history and presence of animal relationships), development and delivery of goal-specific client/animal interactions, and evaluation of potential therapy animals for skills and capacities essential for working in a treatment setting.
incorporating client's pets in mental health services
Topics for this one-day training include: understanding the role animals play in individual, family, and community well-being; utilizing clients’ relationships with pets as an integral part of clinical assessment and treatment; incorporating animals in interventions with special populations; and evaluating and responding to the safety issues that emerge.
THe Human-Animal Bond: what every mental health provider should know
Mental health providers, regardless of the setting in which they work or their area of expertise, often overlook a potentially useful area of clinical inquiry: the human-animal bond. This interactive, case-based workshop examines the relationships between humans and animals in order to present practitioners with practical and meaningful strategies for utilizing the human-animal bond in mental health applications.
animals in human systems: animals, safety and risk
The increased availability and delivery of in-home services places human service providers in direct contact with family pets. Client-pet interactions provide a unique window into family structure and function. In addition, close contact with client pets -- especially dogs -- can be an additional source of provider risk. This workshop utilizes an evidence-based approach to understanding the dynamic interplay between individuals and their pets. In addition, the workshop provides real world strategies for reducing negative interactions between pets and human service workers.
Animals and Interventions with Special Populations
This workshop provides a detailed look at the impact of the human-animal bond on service accessibility and service delivery among four special populations: children, elders, people with disabilities, and people with chronic illness (mental and/or physical).