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Seminar Detail

Animal-Assisted Interventions: Incorporating Animals in Therapeutic Goals & Treatment

Where:
SYRACUSE, NY
When:
Friday, February 10, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Are you in need of an effective intervention to help build rapport with your clients who otherwise take many sessions to trust you and feel safe before disclosing? Animals can bridge the trust gap and accelerate the therapeutic alliance.

Join Christina Strayer, Ed.D., LPC, CCTP, AAT, DCC, and learn animal-assisted therapy activities and interventions that produce amazing results for your clients diagnosed with attachment disorders, trauma, anxiety, depression, PTSD, conduct disorder, ADHD and autism. You will receive specific examples of animal-assisted therapeutic goals and strategies to:
  • Build social interaction, feelings of safety, security and trust
  • Decrease hyperarousal, impulse control and dysregulation
  • Empower self-efficacy and quality of life
  • Promote motivation and goal setting
  • Increase positive communication skills and empathy
This seminar also includes the latest research outcomes, solid foundational knowledge about the human-animal emotional bond and up-to-date information about relevant laws. You will also discover very practical information and resources to help you implement your own animal-assisted interventions.
Objectives:
  1. Describe the distinction between a therapy animal and a service animal.
  2. Incorporate animal-assisted interventions in therapy to best match client’s needs.
  3. Determine when AAT is best paired with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
  4. Design AAT interventions for clients diagnosed with attachment disorders, trauma, conduct disorders, PTSD, ADHD and autism.
  5. List federal laws that impact animal assisted interventions.
  6. Identify the assessment tools for measuring a therapy animal’s temperament, limitations and stress levels.
  7. Incorporate your animal in distance telemental health and video-conferencing.
OUTLINE

Brief Overview
  • Human-animal emotional bond
  • Therapy animal vs. service animal vs. emotional support animal
  • Animal-assisted therapy vs. animal-assisted activities
  • Handler vs. therapist
Mindfulness of Animals and How it Helps the Human Brain
  • The neuroscience of the human-animal bond
  • Why zebras don’t get ulcers
  • Animal-assisted interventions without an animal
The Legal Landscape
  • Four federal laws that impact animal-assisted interventions
  • Client rights and when not to involve an animal
  • Informed consent
Evidence-Based Interventions and Treatment Goals/Outcomes
  • PTSD, Trauma, Anxiety and depression
    • Tapping technique via petting
    • Breathing techniques to relax and calm
    • Empower self-efficacy
    • Increase socialization
    • Increase motivation and goal setting
    • Mindfulness exercises with animals
  • Attachment Disorders and Conduct Disorders
    • Holding, brushing and walking strategies to build trust
    • Structured play to share emotions/cognitions
    • Identifying with therapy animal’s narrative
    • Animal commands to develop norms of behaviors
    • Animals as emotional support
    • Animals enhancing quality of life
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD
    • Social skills via role play and conversing with the therapy animal
    • Animals as mirrors to internal states
    • Animals improving sensory sensitivity
    • Increase confidence in clients
    • Animals facilitating relaxation strategies
    • Impulse control via body cues/narratives
Pairing AAT with Other Evidence-Based therapies
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)
  • Gestalt Therapy
Components of Animal-Assisted Intervention
  • Protocol for introducing animal and client
  • Interaction techniques for client and animal
  • Closure, documentation and secure liability insurance
Become an Animal-Assisted Therapist
  • Animal qualifications/characteristics and choosing your therapy animal
  • Tools to assess therapy animal’s temperament, limitations and stress levels
  • K-9 training and AAT certification programs
  • Compassion fatigue: your therapy animal as a support system
  • Telemental health: Incorporate your animal in distance video-conferencing

CHRISTINA STRAYER THORNTON, ED.D., LPC, CCTP, AAT

Christina Strayer, Ed.D., LPC, CCTP, AAT, DCC, is a licensed practicing counselor whose practice is joined by her three therapy dogs. She has a telemental health practice, is a therapist at One-Eighty Counseling in Garner, NC, and works with an equine specialist practicing equine facilitated psychotherapy. The issues Dr. Strayer and her canine and equine co-therapists work with include trauma, ADHD, autism, PTSD, and many others. Her therapy animals are rescue animals that have experienced trauma. Dr. Strayer uses their stories to provide hope to her clients. She is writing a treatment manual pairing counseling theories and techniques with AAT. Dr. Strayer is an adjunct professor at Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC.

Dr. Strayer obtained her Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Argosy University. She obtained her Certified Counselor in Trauma Procedures (CCTP) from the International Association of Trauma, her Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Development with a concentration in School Counseling K-12 from Radford University. Dr. Strayer has a background in special education and taught 6th-7th grade special education, she worked with all types of populations in her work as an elementary school counselor for 12 years, as well. While employed as a school counselor, Dr. Strayer obtained her National Board Certified Teacher certification (NBCT) with a concentration in Early Childhood through Young Adulthood.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Christina Strayer maintains a private practice. She is an adjunct professor at Campbell University. She has an employment relationship with One-Eighty Counseling. Dr. Strayer receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Christina Strayer has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
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