Pet Assisted Therapy

Presenter: Susan Schultz, LPC, LMFT

Your Dog as Co-Therapist

North Metro Counseling Association

June 19, 2015 – Plano, Texas

Goal:  A new or re-newed respect for animals when teamed with a health care professional.

Objective:  The student will understand the process involved in working with a dog as a co-therapist in schools and/or private practice.


  1. Introduction
    1. Dog Selection – Aptitudes and Skills (human & animal)
    2. Registration process – Pet Partners
    3. Animal Assisted Counseling and Psychotherapy Association (AACPA)
  2. The Dog as Co-Therapist
    1. Benefits and risks
    2. Relationship
    3. Training
    4. Preparation
    5. Psychosocial treatment goals
    6. Animal assisted techniques
    7. Fun “tricks” to help your client
  3. Conclusion – Introduction and interaction with Bevo, Registered Pet Partner


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