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Workshop about Animal Assisted Therapy

We are pleased to invite you to attend the 3-day Workshop about Animal Assisted Therapy, which will be held in Zagreb, Croatia, 22-24.05.2015.

Venue: Tribina grada Zagreba, Kaptol 27, Zagreb, Croatia

Official language: English

The workshop is limited to 30 participants. The participants who register first will have the advantage of participation in the workshop, so we invite you to register well in advance. Second and late registration will be open only if there will be open place for participants.

 

About the workshop

The aim of this workshop is to educate professionals who are implementing or participating in the AAT activities (therapists (occupational, physical, speech and language, behavioral) social workers, psychologists and dog handlers) about the functional and measurable intervention activities that include dogs in a variety of settings and activities.

Participants will explore the possibilities of AAT and the training skills required to fulfill the variety of job descriptions. A special part of the workshop will be directed to the Standards of professional practice for all of the involved parties in AAT and minimum standards of practice according to Animal Assisted Intervention International. Attendees will explore considerations related to activity outcomes and the triad of client, dog and handler (therapist) skill level.

AAT will be considered as an intervention strategy for goal directed activities with clients with difficulties in sensory and perception processing, neuromusculoskeletal/motor functioning, cognitive integration and psychosocial components.

During the Activity Lab participants will explore activities and training ideas for dogs to participate directly with clients. In this part of the workshop people and dogs will learn and practice skills, through variety of training skills and ideas for activities.

 

After the completion of the workshop participants will be able to demonstrate different skills:

- regarding clients - screen clients for appropriateness of AAT, identify client goals, perform activities task analysis, client precautions and basic modifications

- regarding dogs - identify skills that a dog requires for activities, special populations, use of novel equipment and self management

- regarding handlers/trainers - perform a self screening to determine what skills are required for different settings, activities and in accordance with skill level of dog being used

 

 

Registration fees:

Early birds: 150 euro

Deadline: February 28th 2015

 

Second registration: 170 euro

Deadline: April 15th 2015

Late registration: 200 euro

Deadline: May 1st 2015

 

The registration will cover lunch for 3 days, coffee breaks and workshop materials.

The participants should pay for the accommodations by themselves.

 

About the lecturers

Melissa Winkle, OTR/L works with individuals of all ages and abilities in Albuquerque, NM. Her practice, Dogwood Therapy Services Inc., offers client centered occupational therapy in clinical, integrated community settings, and corrections facilities. She has special interests in animal assisted interventions, assistance dogs as assistive technology options, nature therapy and program development. Melissa is president of the international organization Animal Assisted Intervention International, on a variety of task forces and working groups, and President Animal Humane New Mexico’s Warm Hearts Network. She is an instructor trainer and consultant with Assistance Dogs of the West, an accredited member of Assistance Dogs International, a trainer for Anicare (the link between domestic violence and animal abuse), and TAGTeach (Teaching with Acoustical Guidance). Melissa is committed to developing high standards of practice for professionals who use animal assisted interventions in regards to clients, the animals involved, and facilitating professional development.

Lucija Katalenić is a speech and language therapist and project manager in Croatian Guide Dog and Mobility Association. She implements AAT program in her work with children and adults with speech and language difficulties, and is involved in Association's projects and programs, mostly related to service dogs for children. She designed and implemented AAE project in a special primary school for children with different motorical disabilities (cerebral palsy, spina bifida...), and is now a mentor and supervisor for new therapy dog handlers. As a board member in Animal Assisted Intervention International she is involved in different working groups regarding standards of practice for implementation of different AAI programs.

 

Inquiries related to registration process and all additional questions can be sent to Lucija Katalenić: l.katalenic@psivodici.hr

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