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Salon: Animal Assisted Therapy For Social Workers

Thursday, March 21, 2019, 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM
Near I-225 and E Mississippi Ave
Exact address will be sent upon registration
Aurora, CO  80012
Elizabeth Conover
720-588-8375 (p)
CSCSW Salon Series
Registration is required
Payment in Full In Advance Or At Event
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"Animal Assisted Therapy for Social Workers", presented by MacKenzie McGuire, LCSW, AASW

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and the Human-Animal Connection is a deep and innovate way to engage and work with clients. In this salon presentation, participants will explore creativity in animal assisted interventions, and how social workers can use the human-animal connection to tap into humans’ innate biophilia (the human tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life, including animals). Ethical considerations when practicing AAT will also be discussed. MacKenzie will present case studies, as well as use experiential didactic methods with one of her therapy dogs, who will be present.

1. To be able to identify AAT interventions using a psychodynamic lens
2. Ethics of AAT
3. How AAT can fit in with the One Health / Biophilia model

About MacKenzie:
MacKenzie McGuire is the Program Manager of the Assertive Community Treatment Team at Aurora Mental Health Center. She received the Animal Assisted Social Work certificate from The University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. She has two therapy dogs, and has been working with them in Animal Assisted Activities & Animal Assisted Therapy for the past 7 years. MacKenzie is passionate about the human-animal connection and loves sharing that passion with others.

Salon attendees receive 1.5 CEUs.