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Animal-Assisted Interventions: An Incredible Range of Therapeutic Benefits

  • Neuroscience of the human-animal emotional bond
  • Federal laws that protect your clients' rights
  • Start your own animal-assisted program
  • Interventions and treatment goals for:
    • PTSD, anxiety and depression
    • Mental and behavioral disorders
    • Physical and occupational issues
    • Speech-language and learning disabilities
    • Autistic Spectrum Disorder

This seminar is designed to help you discover how incorporating animals into your professional activities can greatly improve client outcomes in a surprisingly broad range of areas, including:

  • Reduce stress and anxiety levels and lower blood pressure
  • Lessen feelings of loneliness and depression
  • Help people suffering from agoraphobia
  • Improve sensory recognition in people recovering from a stroke
  • Support people dealing with trauma
  • Help children with learning disabilities

You will receive specific examples of animal-assisted therapeutic goals in a variety of functional areas. This seminar also includes the latest research outcomes, solid foundational knowledge about the human-animal emotional bond and up-to-date information about relevant laws. You will also discover very practical information and resources to help you implement your own animal-assisted interventions.


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Jonathan Jordan
6 Hours 01 Minutes
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14 Sep, 2017
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Jonathan Jordan, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, has a love for both animals and neuroscience. For over two decades he has combined these two loves by incorporating animal-assisted interventions into his brain-based professional practice. For about a quarter century the has been affiliated with the Delta Society (now called Pet Partners), an internationally renowned organization dedicated to improving human well-being through nurturing interactions with animals. Jonathan is also a long-time member of the prestigious Society for Neuroscience, the world’s largest organization for the study of the brain, and is a charter member of the Society for Social Neuroscience. He has authored numerous articles and a book about using neuroscience to improve our everyday lives. He is currently writing another book about animal-assisted interventions that explains the neuroscience behind the human-animal bond. Over the years Jonathan, an experienced licensed psychotherapist and executive coach, has trained several of his own dogs to be therapy animals. Not only does Jonathan integrate his therapy dogs into his own practice, he also engages them with the clients of a variety of other medical and mental health professionals. He is passionate about motivating others to harness the power of the human-animal emotional bond to not only improve clinical outcomes, but to make the world a better place.

Jonathan began his career in the Himalayan kingdom where the Buddha was born. Having learned the language and immersing himself in the culture there, he discovered ancient Eastern practices that increased his ability to train his brain for self-development purposes. Jonathan later became a licensed psychotherapist in the United States and successfully blended these Eastern practices with Western knowledge to greatly improve the wellbeing of his clients. He was appointed a Faculty Fellow of Florida State University and through a series of nation-wide seminars he continues to train scores of other professionals in his unique synthesis of East-West brain-based practices that can greatly improve client wellbeing. Jonathan has also discovered that animal-assisted interventions can further enhance those outcomes, and improve the overall experience of the clinical process for both client and therapist.

Jonathan has also been successful in global corporations where led initiatives to create cutting-edge brain-based training and development programs for Fortune 500 companies that positively impact millions of employees worldwide every year. He is currently the president of a boutique business and personal development firm that utilizes brain-based practices to guide others to obtain greater success and satisfaction in their career, and life in general. In 2011, Jonathan was engaged by the United States Senate to deliver brain-based professional development workshops to the Senate Staff on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Speaker Disclosure:
Financial: Jonathan Jordan is the President and part owner of Global Change Management, Inc. He is a financial donor to Pet Partners; and Canine Companions for Independence. Mr. Jordan receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Jonathan Jordan is a member of the National Association of Social Workers; Society for Neuroscience; and Society for Social Neuroscience.

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  1. Specify the evidence-based research outcomes regarding animal assisted interventions (AAI) and utilize this research to inform choice of treatment interventions.
  2. Utilize AAI as a modality to treat symptoms of anxiety and depression.
  3. Incorporate animals in the treatment process for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  4. Design AAI to increase language and literacy skills in children with learning disorders and autism.
  5. Implement specific client and animal interaction techniques to improve treatment outcomes.
  6. Summarize legal issues related to AAI, including informed consent, client rights and related federal laws.


Brief Overview

  • Human-animal emotional bond
  • Therapy animal vs. service animal vs. emotional support animal
  • Animal-assisted therapy vs. animal-assisted activities
  • Handler vs. therapist

Mindfulness of Animals and How it Helps the Human Brain

  • The neuroscience of the human-animal bond
  • Why zebras don’t get ulcers
  • Animal-assisted interventions without an animal

The Legal Landscape

  • Four federal laws that impact animal-assisted interventions
  • Client rights and when not to involve an animal
  • Informed consent

Interventions and Treatment Goals

  • Physical and occupational issues
    • Fine and gross motor skills
    • Standing balance
    • Sensory processing
  • Mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders
    • PTSD, anxiety and depression
    • Loneliness and self-esteem
    • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Speech-Language and learning disabilities
    • Dyslexia and other learning difficulties
    • Vocabulary improvement
    • Increase verbal interactions

Components of Animal-Assisted Intervention

  • How to approach clients
  • Interaction techniques for client and animal
  • Closure, documentation

Evidence-Based Research and Outcomes

  • Disorders that respond well to animal-assisted interventions
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • ADHD and related childhood educational issues
  • Speech and language disorders
  • Stroke and geriatric issues
  • Depression and anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Benefits of owning a companion animal

Start Your Own Animal-Assisted Program

  • Animal qualifications and characteristics
  • Preparing and caring for the animal
  • When the animal shows signs of stress and agitation
  • Organizations and resources for starting your animal-assisted program

Target Audience

Addiction Counselors, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Nursing Home Administrators, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists/Physical Therapist Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists, and other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      4.4

Total Reviews: 269



"first experience with digital and I got through it! good material"


"Greatly enjoyed this high quality training."

Vallori H - RIVERSIDE, California

"I have rarely found a CE program as well-done and valuable as this one!! I have rarely (if ever) given a presentation as consistently high marks as this one. I would have loved to have seen a short video of some actual animal assisted intervention. Other than that, this presentation exceeded my ex"

Bob R - COLLINGSWOOD, New Jersey

"Excellent topic and presentation."

Elizabeth Z - KENSINGTON, Maryland

"This was a great combination of historical/theoretical information and practical information like writing goals in treatment plans and ethical/legal considerations. Very well presented and organized - easy to understand. "

Lori R

"Excellent seminar!"

Amy S - CHESTER, Connecticut

"I learned more than I had thought I would. Presenter was very comprehensive and gave detailed information in a format that kept my attention and focus. "

Michele V - Salida, Colorado

"I have thought about using an animal in psychotherapy for many years, but did not know where to start. This training has motivated me and given me a great deal of direction. Thank you for offering this. I will be recommending it to others!"

Susan Johns S - CATONSVILLE, Maryland

"There was a tremendous richness in this coursework. I got more out of it than I expected going in."

SM P - EVANSTON, Wyoming

"I enjoyed the seminar. Got kicked off 4 or 5 times but not for long. Big improvement in this webinar. Great topic and very qualified speaker."

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