Jul 10 2017

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This workshop will help participants gain a deeper understanding of suicide prevention and interventions in clinical practice. With the goal to become more comfortable and confident identifying and helping address suicidal ideation, plan(s) and intent in communities, this training will offer opportunities to engage in role-plays and review case examples.

Ethical and legal responsibilities as social workers exist when working with consumers. It is essential to understand the complexity of responses in clinical practice when suicide is present and needs to be addressed. This workshop will allow participants they opportunity to explore their beliefs regarding suicide at different stages of the lifespan and how one’s beliefs do and do not influence our practice.

This course introduces students to the world of dementia care for older adults and family caregivers. Demographic data regarding increased incidence of dementia in all ethnic/racial and socioeconomic groups will frame examination of intervention research with individuals with dementia and family caregivers.

This mini-course will start with an orientation webinar on Friday June 2 from 2-5pm. Webinar attendance is required to attend the in-person portion on Saturday.

The remainder of the course, which is primarily experiential, will meet at the instructor’s farm in Dexter, Michigan on Saturday, June 3 from 9am to 5pm with ah hour break for lunch. Please bring your lunch and come prepared to be outdoors interacting with animals. Course Description:This course provides an experiential opportunity for students to explore 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 and standards in the field to be explored. This course introduces 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, goats, pigs, horses and chickens (yes, chickens!)- to provide engaging and effective interventions.

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