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Recorded Webinar- Ethical Applications of Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling & Animal Assisted Crisis Response



Recorded Webinar
Ethical Applications of Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling & Animal Assisted Crisis Response

4 Ethics CEs

This on-demand course will consist of two parts and include two quizzes given intermittently between four videos for a total of FOUR Ethics CE credits.

Courses expire 30 days after purchase.

Part I
Introduction to Ethical Applications of Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling

The popularity of including animals in human healthcare has expanded greatly over the past decade, as has provider interest in Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT). Despite its growing popularity, many providers remain unaware of the extensive provider education and competency expectations required for this approach. In this workshop, the presenter will orient attendees to introductory concepts relevant to AAT, and thoroughly discuss the unique ethical and legal requirements and implications of the approach. Provider competency and animal welfare will be topics of particular emphasis, and the presenter will orient attendees to reputable sources for further training related to AAT

Objectives Include:

-Define key terms and concepts relevant to AAT-C.

-Differentiate among Therapy, Emotional Support, and Service Animals

-Discuss appropriate preparation and clinical applications of AAT-C

-Describe unique legal, ethical, and multicultural considerations relevant to AAT-C

-Identify core professional organizations and training resources relevant to AAT-C

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Part II
Animal Assisted Crisis Response: Ethics and Applications

Animal Assisted Crisis Response is a specialized class of Animal Assisted Activity (AAA) wherein highly trained and certified/registered volunteer human-animal teams assist crisis responders to support the psychological and physiological needs of individuals impacted by and responding to crises and disasters in complex, unpredictable environments. In this workshop, the presenter will discuss the unique application of AACR and describe how this unique approach fits within existing Crisis and Disaster response approaches. Provider competency and animal welfare will be topics of particular emphasis, and the presenter will orient attendees to reputable sources for further training related to AACR, as well as organizations to contact for team deployments.

Objectives Include:


-Define key terms and concepts relevant to AACR

-Differentiate AACR from other Animal Assisted Intervention approaches

-Describe the unique ethical and legal considerations associated with AACR, including scope of practice

-Identify appropriate professional organizations and other resources relevant to AACR

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Dr. Leslie Stewart
Leslie Stewart, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical professional counselor and associate professor in Idaho State University’s Department of Counseling. Her areas of expertise include animal assisted interventions in counseling and supervision, trauma-informed counselor preparation, Motivational Interviewing, and counselor training with experiential and expressive modalities.

At Idaho State University, Dr. Stewart directs and instructs the Certificate Program in Animal Assisted Interventions, offers AAIs in her clinical supervision, and incorporates AAIs in her teaching across the CACREP Core. Dr. Stewart contributed to the development and publication of competencies and standards of practice in several organizations: she is the primary author of the American Counseling Association's Animal Assisted Therapy Competencies, and a contributing author to the American Psychological Association's Ethical Best Practice Standards for Human-Animal Interactions, Animal Assisted Interventions International's Standards of Practice for AAIs, and the Pet Partners Tiered Handler Competencies.

Dr. Stewart serves as a member of the Pet Partners Human-Animal Bond Advisory Board and the Daily Paws advisory board. Dr. Stewart shares her life with several species of animal family members including dogs, rabbits, mice, a cat, and a ball python. In her free time, Dr. Stewart volunteers at a local zoo that houses injured or unreleasable native wildlife species and enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, and wildlife viewing in the beautiful Rocky Mountain wilderness.

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Non-members pay $40 for access to on-demand webinars.
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This course meets criteria for 4 hours of ethics continuing education by the Oklahoma Board of Behavioral Health for Oklahoma LPC and LMFT license holders, by the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers (provider #20240088) for Oklahoma LCSW license holders, by the Oklahoma Board of Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselors (certificate #20240018) for LADC and CADC license holders (4 hours ethics CEs), and for Oklahoma case managers (4 hours ethics CEs).

No Prerequisites Required for This Course.
If there are any questions or concerns about your experience with the Oklahoma Counseling Institute or any of its trainings, please contact the Oklahoma Counseling Institute by phone at (405)-440-3034, by email at hello@edmondcounseling.com, by mail at 1320 East 9th Street, Suite 6, Edmond, Oklahoma 73034, United States, or by visiting our website at www.counselinginstitute.org. OCI staff carefully considers any feedback or complaints and typically responds within one business day.