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Ethical Canine Assisted Psychotherapy - You Had Me at Hello:

10/07/2017 09:30 AM - 04:00 PM ET
Event Registration is closed.


Lee Martin Building
311 W. High St.
Elkhart, IN 46516


Dogs can help both children and adults with a variety of physical and psychological issues.  Their loving presence and engagement can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and increase positivity and socialization.  animal assisted psychotherapy is becoming more recognized throughout the country as a way of facilitating healing.  current research supports the efficacy of human/animal interactions inpromoting health.

Many psychotherapists with beloved pets recognize the value of the human/animal interaction thay have had in their lives and they are tempted to take their dogs to work.  while this may seem like a natural way to incorporate one's pet in their professional therapeutic work, there are significan ethical conerns to consider on behalf of the therapist, the clients and the Professional Therapy Dog.  This workshop will demonstrate the power of this therapeutic approach while exploring those ethical concerns.




Workshop Description

This workshop reviews basic definitions in Canine Assisted Psychotherapy, focusing on ethics and employing interpersonal neurobiology to explain how a dog impacts individuals and the consequent psychotherapy experience.

A Professional Therapy Dog, Stella, will be present in the entire workshop allowing integration of material presented as well as the direct experience of benefits and challenges of canine assisted psychotherapy.

Registration limited to 20,

so early registration is




Saturday, October 7, 2017
9:30 am to 12:00 pm

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm



This workshop qualifies for 4.5 Ethics CEU's for Psychologists; LCSWs; LMFTs; LCACs; LMHCs.


Our human presenter is Lorraine Wodiska, PhD, ABPP, FAGPA

Lorraine is a dynamic and energetic presenter in independent private practice in Arlington, VA where she has been working with individuals, couples and groups for over thirty years. She taught Basic and Advanced Group Psychotherapy at Johns Hopkins for nearly ten years.

Lorraine presents at national meetings almost annually on various topics, including: “Teaching Group”, “Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma”, and “Breaking Group Contracts”. She is currently interested in Canine Assisted Psychotherapy and her dog Stella is present and assists in all individual, couples, and group sessions. They have offered workshops and demonstrations (“Therapy is Going to the Dogs”) locally, regionally and nationally on this topic.

With a colleague, Lorraine has founded the Society for Canine Assisted Psychotherapy Excellence (SCAPE). She is on the Board of the American Board of Professional Psychology in Group Psychology (ABGP) and is the President for the Mid-Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Society (MAGPS). She also serves as the Co-Chair of the Open Sessions Committee for the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA).














Our mailing address is:

Samaritan Health & Living Center

The Lee Martin Building

311 W. High Street

Elkhart, IN 46516




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