- Neuroscience of the human-animal emotional bond
- Federal laws that protect your clients' rights
- Start your own animal-assisted program
- Interventions and treatment goals for:
- PTSD, anxiety and depression
- Mental and behavioral disorders
- Physical and occupational issues
- Speech-language and learning disabilities
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder
This seminar is designed to help you discover how incorporating animals into your professional activities can greatly improve client outcomes in a surprisingly broad range of areas, including:
- Reduce stress and anxiety levels and lower blood pressure
- Lessen feelings of loneliness and depression
- Help people suffering from agoraphobia
- Improve sensory recognition in people recovering from a stroke
- Support people dealing with trauma
- Help children with learning disabilities
You will receive specific examples of animal-assisted therapeutic goals in a variety of functional areas. This seminar also includes the latest research outcomes, solid foundational knowledge about the human-animal emotional bond and up-to-date information about relevant laws. You will also discover very practical information and resources to help you implement your own animal-assisted interventions.
Continuing Professional Development Certificates
- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 6.0 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.
Global Change Management, Inc.
Jonathan Jordan, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, is a renowned licensed psychotherapist and clinical supervisor who has a love for both animals and neuroscience. For decades, he has combined these two loves by incorporating animal-assisted interventions into his brain-based professional practice. Over the years, Jonathan has trained several of his own dogs to be successful therapy animals. Not only does he integrate his therapy dogs into his own practice, Jonathan also works closely with a variety of other medical and mental health professionals to engage his therapy animals in their respective treatment modalities. He has co-developed a unique and evidence-based approach to animal-assisted intervention, the KADRA Model, which engages animals to enhance mindfulness in humans. Jonathan is a long-time member of the prestigious Society for Neuroscience and is a charter member of the Society for Social Neuroscience. Thus, he has extensive knowledge of both human and animal neuroscience research.
Jonathan is an international speaker and author on the topic of animal-assisted interventions motivating others to harness the power of the human-animal bond. He has trained thousands of professionals in his unique synthesis of East-West brain-based practices and AAT. Jonathan is currently writing a book about animal-assisted interventions that explains the incredible range of therapeutic benefits that come from the human-animal emotional bond. He serves as a faculty fellow of Florida State University and was engaged by the United States Senate to deliver brain-based professional development workshops to the entire Senate Staff on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Financial: Jonathan Jordan is the President of Global Change Management, Inc. He receives royalties as a published author. Jonathan Jordan receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Jonathan Jordan is a member of the national Association of Social Workers and the Society for Social Neuroscience.
- Specify the evidence-based research outcomes regarding animal assisted interventions (AAI) and utilize this research to inform choice of treatment interventions.
- Utilize AAI as a modality to treat symptoms of anxiety and depression.
- Incorporate animals in the treatment process for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
- Design AAI to increase language and literacy skills in children with learning disorders and autism.
- Implement specific client and animal interaction techniques to improve treatment outcomes.
- Summarize legal issues related to AAI, including informed consent, client rights and related federal laws.
- Human-animal emotional bond
- Therapy animal vs. service animal vs. emotional support animal
- Animal-assisted therapy vs. animal-assisted activities
- Handler vs. therapist
Mindfulness of Animals and How it Helps the Human Brain
- The neuroscience of the human-animal bond
- Why zebras don’t get ulcers
- Animal-assisted interventions without an animal
The Legal Landscape
- Four federal laws that impact animal-assisted interventions
- Client rights and when not to involve an animal
- Informed consent
Interventions and Treatment Goals
- Physical and occupational issues
- Fine and gross motor skills
- Standing balance
- Sensory processing
- Mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders
- PTSD, anxiety and depression
- Loneliness and self-esteem
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Speech-Language and learning disabilities
- Dyslexia and other learning difficulties
- Vocabulary improvement
- Increase verbal interactions
Components of Animal-Assisted Intervention
- How to approach clients
- Interaction techniques for client and animal
- Closure, documentation
Evidence-Based Research and Outcomes
- Disorders that respond well to animal-assisted interventions
- Autism spectrum disorders
- ADHD and related childhood educational issues
- Speech and language disorders
- Stroke and geriatric issues
- Depression and anxiety
- Benefits of owning a companion animal
Start Your Own Animal-Assisted Program
- Animal qualifications and characteristics
- Preparing and caring for the animal
- When the animal shows signs of stress and agitation
- Organizations and resources for starting your animal-assisted program
Addiction Counselors, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Nursing Home Administrators, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists/Physical Therapist Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists, and other Mental Health Professionals