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Animal-Assisted Play Therapy®: Meeting Clients’ Therapeutic Goals One Paw at a Time!
Where:
KING OF PRUSSIA, PA
When:
Monday, January 20, 2020 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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$249.99
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Location

CROWNE PLAZA VALLEY FORGE
260 MALL BOULEVARD
KING OF PRUSSIA, PA 19406
Phone:  610-265-7500
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Course Description:

Have you ever considered practicing Animal Assisted Play Therapy® (AAPT), but are unsure if it’s the right fit for your practice? Maybe you are interested, but you’re intimidated and don’t know where to start. Or, you already bring your animal to work, but are not confident in your ability to implement appropriate AAPT interventions. If you answered yes, this Animal Assisted Play Therapy® (AAPT) program is for you!

While integrating animals into play therapy provides significant value to the therapeutic process – from beneficial hormonal release in both the client and the animal, to building trust, emotional regulation, and positive attachment with our clients – it is unwise and potentially hazardous without proper training. AAPT requires a complex set of skills, such as knowing how to:
  • Properly select and prepare your animal for therapy;
  • Determine if your animal and client are the right fit for each other;
  • Align client’s therapy goals to the appropriate AAPT interventions; and
  • Detect signs of stress and resignation in animal’s body language.
Join Tara Moser, LCSW, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and Certified Animal Assisted Play Therapist Supervisor and learn to successfully integrate animal-assisted therapy with play therapy. Under Tara’s expert guidance we will focus on the therapist-animal-client relationship, use of humor and play to enhance therapy, and well-being of your client and animal. We will discuss how AAPT is grounded in well-established theories and practices in terms of child development, clinical intervention, play therapy, family therapy, and humane animal treatment.

Tara will help you take your practice to the next level as she teaches you how to align client’s therapy goals to the appropriate AAPT interventions for improved outcomes with:
  • Trauma and attachment
  • Anger and aggression
  • Social-emotional regulation
  • Social-communication skills
  • Empathy and patience
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Trust and building rapport
  • Impulsivity and self-control
  • Boundaries, stress and fear
Through case studies, video demonstration and dynamic discussion you will leave this program with the skills and confidence to start integrating dogs, cats and various other animals into your practice!
Objectives:

  1. Appraise the difference between Animal Assisted Play Therapy® and other types of AAT and the animal’s role related to each.
  2. Determine 3 competencies including the impact of the human-animal bond in preparing to work with animals in Animal Assisted Play Therapy® sessions.
  3. Conclude 3 ways to meet client’s therapeutic goals by including animals in play therapy based practices.
  4. Analyze directive and non-directive play therapy-based approaches between client and animal.
  5. Align client’s therapeutic goals to appropriate Animal Assisted Play Therapy® interventions, with or without an animal present during play therapy sessions.
  6. Integrate animals in therapy sessions to enhance both verbal and non-verbal communication in client processing.
  7. Create an integrative plan of risks and safety needs including reading animal and client body language for signs of distress during play therapy sessions.
  8. Support how AAPT is grounded in well-established theories and practices in terms of child development, clinical intervention, play therapy, family therapy, and humane animal treatment.
OUTLINE

Animal-Assisted Play Therapy® (AAPT): A Relationship-Based Approach
  • Latest research: Hormone release, sensory response
  • Types of Animal-Assisted Therapies (AAT)
  • The importance of speaking the language of the animal
  • Client and animal therapeutic relationship building
  • Lessons learned from animals in therapeutic settings
Preparing Animal for Therapy Work
  • Is my animal cut out to do therapy work?
  • Tips to socialize your animal with other animals and humans
  • The “must have” AAT education
  • Selecting an animal species and breed
  • Positive-based training: Clicker work, lure/reward, shaping, and modeling
Align Client’s Therapeutic Goals to Appropriate AAPT Intervention
  • Varied animal roles and why it’s important to know the difference
  • Directive vs. non-directive interactions between client and animal
  • Align animal’s personality and interests with client’s needs
  • What sessions look like with an animal present: Video case examples
  • When to/when not to include animals in therapy
  • Options for when an animal isn’t appropriate or available
Apply AAPT to Treatment Goals for Clients with:
  • Trauma and attachment
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Anger and aggression
  • Trust and building rapport
  • Social-emotional regulation
  • Impulsivity and self-control
  • Social-communication skills
  • Setting boundaries
  • Empathy and patience
  • Stress and fear
AAPT in Clinical Work … From Start to Finish
  • Integrate AAPT with modalities you already use
  • Work through therapeutic goals to meet treatment plan with an animal present
  • Follow the lead of the animal and the client to process the clients’ needs
  • Determine what theories backed your animal involved interactions
Give Your Animal a Voice in Therapy
  • Animal body language: Signs of stress and resignation
  • ”No thanks, I’m not having fun anymore!” and what to do next
  • Strategies to help your animal relax and destress
  • Decrease burnout of your animal
  • Alternatives to when animals not present
Other Clinical Considerations
  • Client rights and when not to involve an animal
  • Informed consent
  • Documentation
  • Liability Insurance and waivers
  • Research, risks and limitations
Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Play Therapists
  • Addiction Professionals
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Behavior Analysts/Specialists
  • Case Managers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • School Administrators
  • Educators
  • Nurses
  • Nursing Home Administrators

TARA MOSER, LCSW, RPT-S, CAAPT-S

Tara Moser, LCSW, RPT-S, CAAPT-S, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Florida, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, and Certified Animal Assisted Play Therapist Supervisor. She owns a private practice that specializes in play therapy and Animal-Assisted Play Therapy®. Tara is the founder of Pawsitive Kids Camp, a non-profit that integrates play therapy and Animal-Assisted Play Therapy® with rescue dogs and children. She has served in a variety of therapeutic capacities, including non-profit individual and family counseling, foster care, elementary school-based counseling programs, behavioral therapy for autism, drug intervention and prevention, supervised visitation, and domestic violence counseling.

Tara has created play therapy courses for local universities and taught as an adjunct professor. She travels the country training on play therapy and Animal-Assisted Play Therapy® to mental health, rehab and medical professionals, educators and parents. Tara is a graduate and past chair of APT’s Leadership Academy and has served on numerous APT committees, including Ethics and Practice, Nominations Board, Conference Program, Leadership Program, and Key Awards. She is the President for the Florida Association for Play Therapy. She has served locally and most recently as vice president for NASW-Florida, in which retaining members was a goal along with retention. Tara’s professional excellence has been recognized by the SW Florida Unit of NASW as 2009 Social Worker of the Year and 2017 Field Educator of the Year. She was also awarded the 2009 Viola Brody Award by FAPT. Tara and her team of therapists are often called for debriefing on Animal-Assisted Play Therapy® across the state, since they are the only credentialed therapists in this modality. She is the co-author of an award-winning children’s book, Bode the Beach Dog: Life is RUFF!, a book to help children overcome fear.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Tara Moser is the owner of Delta Family Counseling. She has an ownership interest in the Florida Association for Play Therapy; and The Beach Dog. She receives a speaking fee from the International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy. Ms. Moser receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Tara Moser is a member of the Association for Play Therapy.
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.

Pennsylvania Addiction Counselors: This course has been reviewed and approved for by the Pennsylvania Certification Board. This course will award 6.0 PCB Approved Hours of Education. (Valid for PA locations only)


Play Therapists
PESI, Inc. is an APT Approved Provider 05-165. Full attendance at this program will qualify for 6.0 contact hours. Play therapy credit will not be awarded to non-mental health professionals.


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.

Delaware 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 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.

Pennsylvania Counselors: The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors accepts many national association CE approvals, several of which PESI offers. For a full list, please see your State Board regulations at https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/. This Intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction.


Educators/Teachers
This course is designed to qualify toward your professional development requirement. The program is 6.25 clock hours in length.

New Jersey Educators, Administrators & Education Services Personnel: This activity will offer 6.0 Actual Professional Development Hours. PESI, Inc., powered by MEDS-PDN, is a registered New Jersey Professional Development Provider with the NJ Dept. of Education.

Pennsylvania Educators & School Personnel: 6.5 ACT 48 Hours will be made available through Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU). Those requesting ACT 48 Hours will be required to sign in and provide their Pennsylvania Certification Number and will receive instructions at the seminar on how to create a free online account with CAIU; only those individuals who have a CAIU online account are eligible to receive ACT 48 Hours.


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.

Pennsylvania Marriage & Family Therapists: The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors accepts many national association CE approvals, several of which PESI offers. For a full list, please see your State Board regulations at https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/. This Intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction.


Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.


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.


Psychologists
This live 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 and the certificate of completion you receive from this live activity. Contact us for more information on your state board or organization specific filing requirements. American Psychological Association credits are not available.

Pennsylvania Psychologists: CE credit is available. PESI, Inc. is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology to offer continuing education for psychologists. Provider #PSY000211. PESI maintains responsibility for the program(s). This program qualifies for 6.25 continuing education hours.

Psychologists/School Psychologists: PESI, Inc. is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer professional development for school psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for the program. Provider #1140. 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., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social Workers completing this course receive 6.25 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

New Jersey Social Workers: Animal-Assisted Play Therapy™: Meeting Clients’ Therapeutic Goals One Paw at a Time!, Course #2777, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by PESI, Inc. as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 11/27/2019 - 11/27/2021. Social workers completing this course receive 6.25 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Pennsylvania Social Workers: The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors accepts many national association CE approvals, several of which PESI offers. For a full list, please see your State Board regulations at https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/. This Intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction.


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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