It’s no secret that animals have the uncanny ability to lift the spirits of others and turn a bad day into a good one. But, professionals and organizations are starting to recognize that animals can offer so much more than a smile. In this podcast, we will be taking a look at the different ways in which animals are used for helping people. We will talk to two professionals who utilize animals in their mission to help others.
Carol Lansford is the Executive Director of Valor Service Dogs. She is a graduate of Valdosta State University with a BS in Psychology. She also has a certificate in canine behavioral psychology. After her husband suffered severe injuries in Afghanistan, Carol’s life took her in the direction that eventually led to the creation of Valor Service Dogs.
Shelley Green, Ph.D., LMFT, is Co-Director of Context Consultants and Professor of Family Therapy and Director of Equine Assisted Therapy at Nova Southeastern University. She is co-editor of Quickies: The Handbook of Brief Sex Therapy and author of numerous articles in the areas of sexuality, HIV/AIDS, and clinical training and supervision. Under event materials, you will find a book chapter written by Shelley- Horse sense: Equine-assisted single session consultations by S. Green (2014) taken from Capturing the Moment: Single Session Therapy and Walk-In Services edited by M.F. Hoyt Ph.D. & M. Talmon Ph.D., ISBN 9781845908935 ©2014 by Michael F. Hoyt and Moshe Talmon.
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Cover Photo Image: Flickr [ Beverly Goodwin, October 15, 2013, CCO]