When it comes to health care, ‘going to the dogs’ can be a good thing.
Clinically, therapy dogs can impact on:
- Patient health and wellbeing
- Mood regulation
- The formation of trust and social interaction with others
- The therapy process
Animals and humans have existed in therapeutic relationships with each other for more than 12,000 years. Evidence demonstrates that the use of therapy dogs can stimulate memory, encourage empathy, foster compassion and engender self-determination and self-responsibility.
On completion of this presentation, attendants will understand:
- Research on the efficacy of therapy dogs
- Training and care of therapy dogs
- Integration of therapy dogs within the therapeutic process
- Setting up an intervention with therapy dogs
- Clinical case examples of the use of therapy dogs in practice
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About the presenter(s)
Dianne Perrett-Abrahams is a forensic & health psychologist with 31 years in clinical practice. She utilises therapy dogs in conjunction with her psychological therapy in treating a diverse range of trauma injuries for police, defense personnel, emergency services personnel. She also uses therapy dogs in her work with individuals with psychological injuries following workplace accident, individual trauma and family violence. Dianne has a broad range of expertise and interests including adoption issues, drug and alcohol treatment and rehabilitation as well non-verbal adults/children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Selection of canapes will be available at 6:30pm, then the seminar will start at 7pm.