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Animal Assisted Therapy: The Best Therapist Has Four Legs and Fur
Original Program Date :
Length: 1.5 hours


Course Format

Recorded webinar.


This workshop will review the history of incorporating animals in a variety of therapeutic settings with children, adolescents and adults. The participant will gain knowledge in the advantages of having an animal present and the therapeutic benefits for the client and social worker. A review of organizations that offer training and collaboration will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the history of animal assisted therapy.
  2. Identify the various clinical uses of animals in therapeutic situations.
  3. List the advantages and disadvantages of using animals in the clinical setting.
  4. Identify various organizations that provide training for animals and owners for preparation as a therapy animal.

Research:  Pet Partners provides a summary of the benefits of the human animal bond that includes a list of scholarly references.

Target Audience: social workers, mental health practitioners, creative arts therapists, marriage and facility therapists, psychologists, addiction professionals, case managers, and other interested individuals.

Original Date of Recording: 06/05/2020

Customer Service

We are happy to respond to any concerns or questions you may have. Please contact us at by email at sw-ce@buffalo.edu or by phone at 716-829-5841.

ADA Accommodations: If you require any support for your ADA needs in the United States, please contact us by email at least 3 weeks prior to the event by email at sw-ce@buffalo.edu or by phone at 716-829-5841.


Day Cummings, LCSW, RN

Day Cummings, LCSW, RN, is in private practice in Hamburg New York, and has extensive experience working with children and families coping with grief and loss. She entered the field of social work after being a registered professional nurse for 25 years in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. While working as a nurse she was driven to begin working in the field of bereavement, Day began a support group for women who had lost their mother’s as children which led to a career move into social work. While attending graduate school at UB, she took her desire to work in the area of bereavement one-step further and founded Circle of Daughters Inc., a non-profit organization that offers support services and individual therapy to children, adolescents and adults who have experienced a loss. Today, along with her dog Isabella, she serves a variety of individuals and families with loss related issues. Day previously worked at the Lee Gross Anthone Child Advocacy Center in Buffalo as a therapist with sexually abused children and severely physically abused children. She also works as part-time faculty at the UB School of Social Work as well as a group facilitator with Stone’s Buddies at Oishei Children’s Hospital. In 2015, NASW NYS recognized her as Social Worker of the Year.


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