Canine Assisted Interventions in Psychotherapy Workshop

This workshop is geared towards mental health graduate students and professionals who want to integrate animals into their professional practice. This workshop is for humans only. Asha, Darlene’s pet partner will be present to help demonstrate interventions. This workshop will be focus on canine behavior and interventions and may be translated to other species. This workshop does not provide certification of competency - you are not tested as part of the program. Workshop will focus on providing intervention ideas.

This workshop will provide 6 hours of education around animal assisted interventions and how to provide these interventions in the context of psychotherapy ethically and professionally. 


 Workshop will be from 8:30am-3:30pm. Location will be Colorado Springs, CO. 

Friday April, 10th 2020

Early registration will be priced at $75 this will be one month prior to workshop. After this registration will be $95.00.

Outline for the Workshop

8:30 - What is Animal Assisted Therapy? A brief overview and history of this field.

9:30 Ethics for animals and clinicians and suggested policies, best practices, and Tellington Touch

10:30 Rapport Building and Treatment Planning Interventions, documentation of sessions

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – Group Interventions- calming signals

1:30 – Interventions for Addictions and Common DSM-5 Diagnoses

2:00- Interventions for DBT and CBT

2:30- Termination and Grief and Loss Interventions


Goals-

  1. To have a basic understanding of Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI)
  2. To learn about animal ethics and the ethics of doing animal assisted work.
  3. To have an ethical basis for offering AAI and AAT.
  4. Learning about canine specific behavior and calming signals.
  5. To learn how to partner with a canine to offer interventions in the following areas: rapport building, treatment planning, group interventions, addictions, DBT, CBT, Termination, and Grief and Loss.

Objectives

  1. Increase knowledge about the history and research around AAIs.
  2. Participants will report an increase in ethical principles when doing AAIs.
  3. Participants will take away ideas to implement ethics into their animal assisted practices.
  4. Participants will know the difference between animal assisted interventions, activities and therapy.
  5. Participants will report knowledge of the difference between therapy dogs, service dogs and emotional support dogs/animals.
  6. Participants will leave with at least 1 intervention to implement in their psychotherapy practice in the following areas: Building Rapport, Treatment Planning, Addictions, CBT, DBT, Termination and Grief Interventions.


About the presenter: Darlene Brace LCSW LAC CSAT-c ADS RYT

Darlene has been working with her pet partner Asha providing psychotherapy to clients in various settings for the past 5 years. Darlene also has experience with equine psychotherapy and rabbit psychotherapy. She holds a certificate from DU in Animals in Human Health. She has attended various other animal assisted workshops and education. She is a bilingual therapist and supervisor who is passionate about learning and sharing information. Her excitement lies in providing education to rural areas, as she is from rural Colorado. Darlene is an experienced presenter who offers presentations at various conferences, provides consultation and training to local non-profits, and teaches at Newman University in the Graduate School of Social Work. Darlene is a believer about how impactful animals can be in our lives, and how we can bring that into the therapeutic relationship to help our clients connect, coach, and heal.

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