Seminar Detail

Animal-Assisted Interventions: An Incredible Range of Therapeutic Benefits
Where:
LYNNWOOD, WA
When:
Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

This seminar is designed to help you discover incorporating animals into your professional activities can greatly improve client outcomes in a surprisingly broad range of areas including:
  • Reduce stress and anxiety levels and lower blood pressure
  • Lessen feelings of loneliness and depression
  • Help people suffering from agoraphobia
  • Improve sensory recognition in people recovering from a stroke
  • Support people dealing with trauma
  • Help children with learning disabilities
You will receive specific examples of animal-assisted therapeutic goals in a variety of functional areas. 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. Specify the evidenced-based research outcomes regarding animal-assisted interventions.
  2. Identify evidence-based research outcomes regarding animal assisted interventions.
  3. List at least five disorders that can be addressed with animal-assisted interventions.
  4. Outline the three components of an animal-assisted intervention.
  5. Practice the three components of animal-assisted interventions.
  6. List five desirable qualifications and/or characteristics of a therapy animal.
  7. Separate and explain the differences between a therapy animal and a service animal.
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
Interventions and Treatment Goals
  • Physical and occupational issues
    • Fine and gross motor skills
    • Standing balance
    • Sensory processing
  • Mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders
    • PTSD, anxiety and depression
    • Loneliness and self-esteem
    • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Speech-language and learning disabilities
    • Dyslexia and other learning difficulties
    • Vocabulary improvement
    • Increase verbal interactions
Components of Animal-Assisted Intervention
  • How to approach clients
  • Interaction techniques for client and animal
  • Closure, documentation
Evidence-Based Research and Outcomes
  • Disorders that respond well to animal-assisted interventions
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • ADHD and related childhood educational issues
  • Speech and language disorders
  • Stroke and geriatric issues
  • Depression and anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Benefits of owning a companion animal
Start Your Own Animal-Assisted Program
  • Animal qualifications and characteristics
  • Preparing and caring for the animal
  • When the animal shows signs of stress and agitation
  • Organizations and resources for starting your animal-assisted program

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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