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Seminar Detail

Animal-Assisted Play Therapy®: Meeting Clients’ Therapeutic Goals One Paw at a Time!
Where:
BLOOMINGTON, MN
When:
Friday, February 21, 2020 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This event is not currently available for purchase.

For more information: Call (800) 844-8260
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
  • 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.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and 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.


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.

Minnesota Counselors: CE credit is available. This activity has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy for 6.25 hours of credit for LPCs and LPCCs.

Wisconsin 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.


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

Wisconsin Educators: This course may be used toward your Professional Development Plan if it meets your individual goals. Please contact DPI with questions regarding individual PDP’s. This course is 6.25 clock 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.

Minnesota Marriage & Family Therapists: This course has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Marriage & Family Therapists for 6.25 continuing education credits.

Wisconsin Marriage & Family Therapists: This course has been reviewed and approved by the Wisconsin Association for Marriage and Family Therapy for 6.25 credit hours.


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.

Minnesota Psychologists: This activity has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Psychology for 6.5 continuing education hours.


Speech-Language Pathologists
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This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

** Please note that Speech-Language Pathologists must complete the post-test and evaluation within two weeks of attending the live event if they would like their participation submitted to the ASHA CE Registry. Detailed instructions will be provided the day of the program under the Handouts section of the online program.


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, 2020 - January 27, 2023. 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.

Minnesota Social Workers: PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the State of Minnesota, Board of Social Work. Provider #: CEP-140. This course has been approved for 6.0 continuing education hours.


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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