Animal-Assisted Play Therapy-When Life is
RUFF! - Play Therapy / Social Workers Training Seminar
Experiential Practice of Including Animals in
Mental Health Services
Animal assisted play therapy is currently enjoying unprecedented acknowledgment
and acceptance within the professional community, and a credential through the
International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy is now available.
Research continues to validate the introduction of animals into the therapeutic
setting. Promising results have been achieved with a variety of presenting
diagnoses across all age groups.
Animal co–play therapists shed the light on areas we miss with our verbal skills
in the therapy room. Step into that light and explore limits, compassion
fatigue, trusting the process, and silence with hands on, play therapy based
techniques utilizing live and/or stuffed animals. Discover the ethical,
practical, and safety issues that surround working with animals in a clinical
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
•Identify ways that therapists can better serve
clients by including animals in play therapy
•Analyze directive and non-directive approaches to animals in play therapy
•Explain how to integrate therapy animals in play therapy sessions to enhance
non-verbal communication in client processing
•Determine the best way to use live or stuffed animals in play therapy sessions
for clients of all ages
•Describe risks and safety needs when including animals in play therapy
What You Should Bring
•Stuffed animals (dogs)
TARA MOSER, LCSW, RPT-S, is a Licensed
Clinical Social Worker , Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, and QPR
Gatekeeper instructor who specializes in play therapy and animal assisted play
therapy. In addition to her private practice, Ms. Moser has served as field
instructor for Florida State, Seaton Hall, University of South Florida, and
several others. She has worked in a variety of therapeutic roles including
foster care, non–profit family counseling, non–profit individual counseling,
elementary school based counseling programs, adolescent drug
prevention/intervention, behavioral therapy with autism, domestic violence
counseling, and supervised visitation.
Ms. Moser frequently shares her expertise in front of professional audiences,
including the National Association of Social Workers, the Association for Play
Therapy, and the National Organization for Victim Assistance. She is also
President of Pawsitive Kids Camp, Inc. This one of a kind camp for children
combines mental health and rescue animals to improve self–esteem, behavior
management and more for both the children and animals.
"I have known Tara Moser professionally since
2010. In the past 5 years I have attended several workshops she presented, and
took a class she taught on Play Therapy. She is a dynamic speaker and provides
accurate up to date information and stimulating experiential activities for her
seminar attendees. I have learned a great deal from her, and always look forward
to her presentations."
Heather Payne, LMHC, NCC Cape Coral, Florida
"Tara has been at the forefront of AAPT in both practice and teaching. She is an
engaging and passionate presenter. My practice of AAPT has benefitted from her
teaching and mentorship."
Meredith Kelley LMHC RPT-S Winter Park Florida
"I truly value and respect Tara as a professional therapist as well as a
teacher. Tara's love and passion for helping others is evident in her teaching.
Tara presents her knowledge of play therapy and animal assisted therapy in a
very clear, yet engaging manner. I highly recommend attending one of Tara's
Kim Weisberg, LCSW Naples, FL
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
•Marriage and Family Therapists
•Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
CREDITS - CE Approvals
American Psychological Association - Cross
Country Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to
sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Cross Country Education
maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program offers 6
CE credits for psychologists. Full attendance is required to receive credit for
psychologist, variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded based on
the APA guidelines.
Association of Social Work Boards - Cross Country Education provider
#1005, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the
Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing
Education (ACE) program (an approved provider since 1999, approved through
1-27-18). Cross Country Education maintains responsibility for the program.
Social workers will receive 6 Clinical continuing education clock hours for
participating in this course. Licensed social workers should contact their
individual state jurisdiction to review the current continuing education
requirements for licensure renewal. Visit ASWB's website at www.aswb.org for
more information. This educational offering is at the Intermediate level for
Commission for Case Manager Certification - This program has been
submitted to the Commission for Case Manager Certification for 6 clock hours of
Educators Statement - This educational offering may qualify toward your
professional development requirement. The educational offering consists of 6
clock hours. Use this information and your board rules and regulations to
calculate professional development/continuing education credit.
General Statement - This educational offering qualifies for 6 continuing
education hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards
and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of
completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific filing
Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy - Application
currently under review for MFT CEU approval by the Louisiana Association For
Marriage and Family Therapy.
NASW-LA - This program has been submitted to the NASW-Louisiana Chapter
for approval of 6 continuing education credits.
National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors - This
course has been approved by Cross Country Education, as a NAADAC Approved
Education Provider, for 6 continuing education hours. NAADAC Provider #77600,
Cross Country Education is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
Content includes elements of one of the NAADAC 8 Counselor Skills Group. Full
attendance is required to receive credit, variable credit for partial attendance
may not be awarded based on the NAADAC guidelines.
National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. - Cross Country Education
has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.
5904. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Cross
Country Education is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Six (6)
contact hours are being awarded for completion of this program.
Oklahoma State Department of Health, Protective Health Services, State Board
of Behavioral Health Licensure - This program has been submitted to the
Oklahoma Board of Professional Counselors and Licensed Marriage and Family
Therapist for approval of 6 continuing education hours.
Association for Play Therapy - Cross Country Education is an APT Approved
Provider 07-194 to offer continuing education for Play Therapists. This seminar
is offered for 6 Contact hours.
Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists - Cross
Country Education is an approved sponsor of continuing education for licensed
marriage and family therapists through the Texas State Board of Examiners of
Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider number 195). This course is offered for
6 clock hours.
SEMINAR CLASS TIME:
Seminar Check-in: 7:30 AM Seminar Class 8:00 AM -