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Live Ethics Webinar: Animal Assisted Crisis Response

Saturday, December 3, 2022
2:00 PM - 5:15 PM (CST)

Event Details

Animal Assisted Crisis Response: Ethics and Applications
Live Webinar Saturday December 3rd, 2022 2:00 to 5:15 PM
3 Hours Ethics CEUs

Animal Assisted Crisis Response is a specialized class of Animal Assisted Activity (AAA) wherein highly trained and certified/registered volunteer human-animal teams assist crisis responders to support the psychological and physiological needs of individuals impacted by and responding to crises and disasters in complex, unpredictable environments. In this workshop, the presenter will discuss the unique application of AACR and describe how this unique approach fits within existing Crisis and Disaster response approaches. Provider competency and animal welfare will be topics of particular emphasis, and the presenter will orient attendees to reputable sources for further training related to AACR, as well as organizations to contact for team deployments.

Objectives Include:

-Define key terms and concepts relevant to AACR

​-Differentiate AACR from other Animal Assisted Intervention approaches

-Describe the unique ethical and legal considerations associated with AACR, including scope of practice

-Identify appropriate professional organizations and other resources relevant to AACR

This course meets criteria for 3 hours of ethics continuing education by the Oklahoma Board of Behavioral Health for Oklahoma LPC and LMFT license holders, by the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers (provider #20220088) for Oklahoma LCSW license holders, by the Oklahoma Board of Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselors (certificate #20220018) for LADC and CADC license holders (3 hours ethics CEUs), and for Oklahoma case managers (3 hours ethics CEUs).

Dr. Leslie Stewart

Leslie Stewart, Ph.D., associate professor of counseling at Idaho State University, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Animal-Assisted Intervention Specialist (C-AAIS). Her areas of expertise include animal assisted interventions in counseling and supervision, trauma-informed counselor preparation, Motivational Interviewing, and counselor training with experiential and expressive modalities. At Idaho State University, Dr. Stewart directs and instructs the Certificate Program in Animal Assisted Interventions, offers AAIs in her clinical supervision, and incorporates AAIs in her teaching across the CACREP Core. Dr. Stewart contributed to the development and publication of competencies and standards of practice in several organizations: she is the primary author of the American Counseling Association's Animal Assisted Therapy Competencies and Pet Partners Tiered Handler Competencies, and a contributing author to the American Psychological Association's Ethical Best Practice Standards for Human-Animal Interactions, Animal Assisted Interventions International's Standards of Practice for AAIs. Dr. Stewart is currently serving her second term on the Pet Partners Human-Animal Bond Advisory Board and assisted in the development of Association for Animal Assisted Interventions Professionals (AAAIP).