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Canine Assisted Play Therapy Training

  • Published: July 12, 2010


  • Canine assisted play therapy workshop for health practitioners
  • Integrates the use of animal-assisted therapy and play therapy
  • Workshop is August 3 and 4, 2010 in the Shults Center Forum

For More Information

To register, call Steve Demanchick

(585) 389-2545

Canine Assisted Play Therapy Training

The Nazareth College Play Therapy Center for Children and Families, Children’s Institute, and Kathleen Knapp Holt are offering training on canine assisted play therapy for health practitioners. The workshop will be presented by experienced clinician Mary J. Rottier, Ed.D., LPC, PRT/S. The training will take place on Tuesday, August 3 and Wednesday, August 4 in the Shults Center Forum on the Nazareth College campus, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Cost is $195 (student rate is $100.) For more information or to register, please call Steve Demanchick (585) 389-2545.  Nazareth College is located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y. 14618.

Canine-assisted play therapy integrates the use of animal-assisted therapy and play therapy. Participants in this two-day workshop will learn how to choose a dog for therapy work, get training for the dog, and how to effectively incorporate the therapy dog into play sessions.  Ethical, multicultural, and legal considerations will also be discussed.

Mary J. Rottier has ten years of clinical experience in a variety of settings and currently has a full-time private practice with an emphasis on providing counseling services to children, adolescents, and their families in Statesboro, Ga. Dr. Rottier is a certified evaluator for Therapy Dog International, Inc. (TDI) and an approved evaluator with the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen® program. She developed a volunteer therapy dog group in her community called Pawsitive Connections.

The Nazareth College Play Therapy Center for Children and Families is an Approved Center of Play Therapy Education founded by Stephen Demanchick, Ph.D., LMHC, RPT, an assistant professor and researcher in the creative arts therapy department at Nazareth College.  The center offers play therapy instruction, generates articles for various professional publications, and offers continuing education programs to satisfy individual licensing and credentialing requirements.

Children's Institute is a national not-for-profit organization based in Rochester. Its mission is to strengthen children's social and emotional health. Through sound research and evaluation Children's Institute develops and promotes effective prevention programs, materials and best practices for children, families, schools and communities. Staff members include psychologists, an economist, a pediatrician, educators, social workers, business professionals and experts in public policy and evaluation.

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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