Seminar Detail

Animal-Assisted Interventions: An Incredible Range of Therapeutic Benefits
Animal-Assisted Interventions: An Incredible Range of Therapeutic Benefits

Where:   WHITE PLAINS, NY

When:  Wednesday, May 2, 2018 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 evidence-based research outcomes regarding animal assisted interventions (AAI) and utilize this research to inform choice of treatment interventions.
  2. Utilize AAI as a modality to treat symptoms of anxiety and depression.
  3. Incorporate animals in the treatment process for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  4. Design AAI to increase language and literacy skills in children with learning disorders and autism.
  5. Implement specific client and animal interaction techniques to improve treatment outcomes.
  6. Summarize legal issues related to AAI, including informed consent, client rights and related federal laws.
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.
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
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.

NEW YORK ADDICTION PROFESSIONALS: This course has been approved by OASAS for 6.25 clock hours toward Initial Credentialing for CPP Section #1 or CPS Section #1 or Renewal for CASAC, or CPP or CPS. Board required certificates will be sent after the program.




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.

NEW JERSEY 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.

NEW YORK COUNSELORS: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Mental Health Counselors. #MHC-0033. This activity will qualify for 7.5 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


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.

NEW YORK MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. #MFT-0024. This activity will qualify for 7.5 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


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. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


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.

NEW JERSEY PHYSICAL THERAPISTS OR PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANTS: This course has been submitted to the New Jersey State Board of Physical Therapy for review.

NEW YORK PHYSICAL THERAPISTS & PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANTS: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department, State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider for physical therapy and physical therapy assistant continuing education. This course qualifies for 7.6 Contact Hours.


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.

FLORIDA SOCIAL WORKERS/MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS/MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS:
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PESI, Inc., is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Provider Number BAP #77. This course qualifies for 6.25 continuing education credits. Please make sure to bring your license number to the seminar so that we can report your attendance to CE Broker.

NEW JERSEY SOCIAL WORKERS: This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards – ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #10 Course #1483 from 6/20/2017 to 6/20/2019. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical 6.25.

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NEW YORK SOCIAL WORKERS: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0008. This activity will qualify for 7.5 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


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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