Animal-Assisted Therapy in Prisons- CE webinar
Date(s) - Wed, May 26, 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Presenters: Yvonne Eaton-Stull, DSW, MSW, LCSW & Cynthia Wright, DEd, Licensed Psychologist
Participants will learn about various animal-assisted interventions being provided in prisons in this intermediate level training. This will include a brief overview of prison programs, including service dog training programs, shelter dog socialization, and animal-assisted intervention. Benefits of using animal-assisted therapy for those within secure settings will be shared. This presentation will focus on group therapy strategies to assist incarcerated individuals with mental health issues with special attention to needs of individuals with minority status.
Presenters will share experiences implementing animal-assisted stress/anxiety groups and self-injury groups with individuals who are incarcerated within the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. A discussion of the steps of approval prior to implementation will be reviewed to address both animal and client welfare.