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Webinar 2015-02-25

Best Practices in Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling: Provider Competence, Ethics, and Techniques Animal assisted therapy in counseling (AAT-C) is the incorporation of specially trained and evaluated animals as therapeutic agents into the counseling process. In this webinar, the presenter will introduce theoretical foundations of AAT-C, discuss provider competency, identify relevant ethical considerations, and address practical aspects and techniques.

2/25/2015
When: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
2:00 - 3:00 PM EST
Where: Online
Contact: Webinar Coordinator

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Best Practices in Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling: Provider Competence, Ethics, and Techniques

Dr. Leslie A. Stewart, Assistant Professor of Counseling, Idaho State University
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Leslie Stewart

Animal assisted therapy in counseling (AAT-C) is the incorporation of specially trained and evaluated animals as therapeutic agents into the counseling process, thus utilizing the human-animal bond in goal directed interventions as part of the counseling process. While this specialty area remains relatively under represented in counseling literature, existing studies have found that when practiced with appropriate training and expertise, AAT-C interventions can positively impact the therapeutic experiences of a diverse range of client populations across a wide variety of treatment settings. In this webinar, the presenter will introduce theoretical foundations of AAT-C, discuss provider competency, identify relevant ethical considerations including animal advocacy and multicultural considerations, and address practical aspects and techniques associated with incorporating AAT-C in a professional counseling context.

Learning Objectives:
• Define animal assisted therapy in counseling (AAT-C) and distinguish ways in which AAT-C differs from other types of animal assisted activities and therapies.
• Discuss evidence-based research & outcomes appropriate to AAT-C.
• Describe essential areas of competence for AAT-C providers.
• Identify steps towards starting one’s own AAT-C program; including selecting, training and caring for a potential therapy animal.
• Identify and discuss multicultural, ethical, and legal issues relevant to AAT-C.
• Describe techniques and strategies for incorporating AAT-C into client sessions and treatment plans.
• Discuss AAT-C relevant implications for clinical supervision and counselor wellness.

Dr. Leslie A. Stewart, a licensed professional counselor, is an assistant professor of counseling at Idaho State University. She completed her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Practice with a cognate in experiential and creative approaches in counseling at Georgia State University in 2014. Leslie has over 20 years of experience riding, training, and showing horses in equitation, showjumping, and dressage. In addition to facilitating therapeutic horsemanship as a former Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH, Intl.) instructor, Leslie has incorporated animal assisted therapy with a dog and a rabbit in mental health in college counseling and juvenile detention settings, as well as in clinical supervision. Leslie has experience designing and implementing AAT counseling programs in college counseling centers, and has served as a professional consultant regarding AAT to private psychotherapy practices in her area. Leslie’s primary research agenda includes animal assisted therapy in counseling and supervision. Her other research and practice interests include counselor wellness and burnout prevention, creativity in counseling, and trauma-informed counseling.

CSI Webinars are free to active members and $39 for guests.

Registration for the live webinar is now closed.  If you are unable to attend the live webinar, you may access the recorded webinar for a CEU clock hour as well; it will be posted on the Recorded Webinars page within 72 hours after the live event.

Views expressed by presenters and participants during the webinars and in webinar PowerPoints and other handouts do not necessarily represent the views of Chi Sigma Iota International.

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