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Animal-Assisted Interventions: Integrate Animals to Enhance Treatment in Clinical Practice
Animal-Assisted Interventions: Integrate Animals to Enhance Treatment in Clinical Practice

Where:  BOWIE, MD

When:  Monday, October 16, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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$219.99
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$199.99
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COMFORT INN CONFERENCE CENTER
4500 CRAIN HWY
BOWIE,MD 20716
Phone: 301-464-0089
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Course Description:

Join animal-assisted expert Brooke Wimer, MOT, OTR/L, and learn how 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 poor self-esteem in those with trauma and anxiety
  • Treat symptoms in people dealing with depression and PTSD
  • Develop empathy in those with conduct disorder and antisocial personality disorder
  • Improve physical function in people recovering from a stroke
  • Improve reading and comprehension in children with learning disabilities
  • And more!
You will receive specific examples of animal-assisted therapeutic goals in a variety of functional areas. You will develop a toolbox of animal-assisted interventions and animal-focused treatments you can employ the very next day. This seminar also includes the latest research outcomes and a solid foundational knowledge about the human-animal emotional bond. You will also discover very practical information and resources to help you develop programming and implement your own animal-assisted interventions.
Objectives:

  1. Implement animal-assisted interventions for people with mental health disorders including anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia and personality disorders.
  2. Design animal-assisted interventions to increase language and literacy in children with learning disorders.
  3. Develop animal-assisted interventions to address physical and occupational challenges.
  4. Employ animal-assisted interventions as a modality to treat people with dementia and other cognitive disorders.
  5. Apply knowledge to design your own animal-assisted programming.
  6. Articulate the difference between a therapy animal, a service animal and an emotional support animal.
  7. Determine evidence-based research outcomes regarding animal-assisted interventions.
OUTLINE

Brief Overview
  • Human-animal emotional bond
  • Therapy animal vs. service animal
  • Animal-assisted therapy, activities and education
  • Handler vs. clinician, clinician-animal teams
  • Animal-based interventions without an animal
Mindfulness of Animals and how it Helps the Human Brain
  • The neuroscience of the human-animal bond
  • Why zebras don’t get ulcers
  • Benefits of owing a companion animal
Interventions and Treatment Goals/Outcomes
  • Mental, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral issues
    • Increase attendance and engagement in sessions
    • Treat symptoms related to trauma, anxiety and depression
    • Decrease loneliness and improve self-esteem
    • Develop empathy and encourage outward focus
    • Provide hope, meaning and purpose
  • Challenging with learning
    • Improve reading and comprehension
    • Support vocabulary development
    • Increase verbal interactions
  • Physical and occupational issues
    • Progress fine and gross motor skills
    • Improve sittings/standing balance
    • Increase endurance and activity tolerance
    • Facilitate improved sensory processing
Components of Animal-Assisted Intervention
  • Selecting appropriate recipients for care
  • How to approach clients
  • Interaction techniques for client and animal
  • Closure, documentation
Start Your Own Animal-Assisted Program
  • Animal qualifications and characteristics
  • Qualifications for clinicians
  • Preparing and caring for the animal
  • When the animal shows signs of stress and agitation
  • Protecting your practice through risk management
  • Organizations and resources for starting your animal-assisted program

BROOKE WIMER, MOT, OTR/L

Brooke Wimer, MOT, OTR/L, is the director of Occupational Therapy, and Animal Assisted Intervention manager at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP) – a forensic, psychiatric hospital. The multi-disciplinary AAI program at CMHIP involves psychiatry, psychology, social work, nursing and occupational therapy along with seven therapy dogs .

With over 10 years of clinical experience providing Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI) in a variety of settings, Brook specializes in AAI for mental health conditions with a focus on cognitive retraining, social skill development, and self-regulation. She has implemented five AAI programs for physical, cognitive and emotional needs, and developed effective strategies for both group and one-to-one interventions for clients of all ages.

Brooke worked alongside AAI expert Melissa Winkle, OTR/L, FAOTA, and contributed to Professional Applications of Animal Assisted Interventions: Blue Dog Book Second Edition. A member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Brooke is co-developing an AOTA Animal Assisted Intervention Fact Sheet. Brooke presented on disability awareness and AAI application considerations at the 2015 Animal Assisted Intervention International Conference. She received her Master of Occupational Therapy at Cleveland State University; studying the effects of AAI on long-term care residents with depression and anxiety.



Speaker Disclosures:

Speaker Disclosures: Financial: Brooke Wimer is the director of occupational therapy and animal assisted intervention manager at Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Brooke Wimer is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. Certificates of Completion are distributed at the conclusion of the live seminar for those who register prior to the event date and attend the full day. A letter of attendance will be issued to participants who register at the event, arrive late, or leave early. For those who registered day of (walk-ins), and are in full attendance, a certificate of completion for full CE credit will be sent within 30 days following the event. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact cepesi@pesi.com or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.




ADDICTION COUNSELORS
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This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6.0 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.


COUNSELORS
This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COUNSELORS: This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.

MARYLAND COUNSELORS: This intermediate activity is approved for 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The Maryland Board of Professional Counselors recognizes courses and providers that are approved by the NAADAC. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to counselors who complete the program evaluation, to submit to their state board.


MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS
This activity consists of 380 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.


NURSE/NURSE PRACTITIONERS/CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALISTS
This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.


NURSING HOME ADMINISTRATORS
This educational offering has been reviewed by the National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) and approved for 6.25 clock hours and 6.25 participant hours.


OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS & OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANTS
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PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours or .6 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.


PHYSICAL THERAPISTS & PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANTS
This activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary per state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

MARYLAND PHYSICAL THERAPISTS AND PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANTS: This course meets the basic criteria of the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners and has been approved for .6 CEUs.


PSYCHOLOGISTS
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PESI, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. PESI is offering this activity for 6.25 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS
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This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).


SOCIAL WORKERS
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PESI, Inc. Provider #:1062, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6.25 (Clinical) continuing education clock hours for this intermediate course. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.


OTHER PROFESSIONS
This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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