Free Information Night:
Benefits of Therapy Dog for Psychologists and Social Workers
Presented by: Dr. Pree Benton, Health Psychologist, and Yariv Ben Yosef, International Head of Dog Training
Dogs have long been described as “man’s best friend”, and the many and varied benefits of companion dogs and pets are well documented. The use of a specially trained dog specifically as a therapeutic aid is an exciting upcoming area, with preliminary studies showing improvements in mental health outcomes. Therapy dogs can be actively used in treatment plans for Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, social and communication issues, and more. In this introductory talk, we aim to help you understand:
How you together with a therapy dog can improve the psychosocial and social outcomes for your clients?
Why is it important to use a specifically trained dog, rather than a pet dog?
How to manage, minimise or alleviate clients fears and phobias of dogs, or working through allergies?
Is it worth the investment?
The CENTRE FOR SERVICE AND THERAPY DOGS has developed a comprehensive and holistic psychosocial and social animal-assisted program which enables psychologists and social workers to enhance therapeutic outcomes with their clients. We select and train the dog according to the specific needs of the practice, and then work with therapists through the successful incorporation of therapy dog into their practice and therapy sessions. This enables a reduction of client stress, allowing therapists to build rapport faster, enhance client’s ability to open up, improve the client’s functional capacity, introduce fun during sessions, mirroring and much more.
When: Tuesday December 5th, 7 PM
Where: Caulfield Park Community School, 319 Balaclava Rd, Caulfield North
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0423 779268