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Advanced Topics in Interpersonal Practice

SW790, Section 010

This course presents advanced topics in interpersonal practice. The topics may include emerging practice methods, advanced application of methods covered in other required methods courses, and applications of methods in specific populations.

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The Friday and Saturday sessions will be held at 11774 Quigley Rd, Dexter MI 48130

This course provides an experiential opportunity for students to explore an array of animal assisted therapeutic activities specifically designed to further a wide range of therapeutic goals with children, adolescents, families and adult clients.  Like play therapy and art therapy, animal assisted interventions, when integrated with evidence-based methods including (but not limited to) CBT and mindfulness, trauma recovery, family systems, cultural-relational and psychodynamic approaches, offer opportunities for people to work through a variety of issues and insecurities related to attachment, trauma, self-esteem and identity concerns, dysregulation, behavioral difficulties, mental illness, developmental disabilities, and family and relational problems.  With selected animals as therapy partners, the therapeutic team helps people of all ages and positions foster new alliances, understand more fully existing problems and build practical life-skills to enhance confidence, effectiveness and joy. Presently, animal assisted therapy is gaining acclaim in the field of mental health intervention and there is a growing body of evidence supporting its efficacy to be explored.   This  course specifically teaches the theoretical foundations, standards, ethics, evidence, certifications, integration of methods, case examples, evaluation and practical skills involved in partnering with a variety of animals  – in particular dogs, cats, pigs, goats, horses and chickens (yes, chickens!)- to provide engaging and effective interventions.  

Semester: Spring / Summer 2020
Instructor: Laura L. Sanders
Topic: Animal Assisted Therapy Intervention
U-M Class #: 63136
Time: Detail Thursday July 9, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Friday July 10 and Saturday July 11, 2020 9:30am to 4:30 pm
Location: TBA
Program Type: Residential
Credits: 1 Credit Hours

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