Courses

Canine Disaster Relief Services

 

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This is the most comprehensive and only course recognized by government, NGO, disaster relief organizations and agencies . . . and the academic community. Over a fourteen-year period of disaster response, the course is designed to present the core concepts of a comprehensive, systematic and multi-component canine crisis and trauma intervention curriculum combined with Critical Incident Stress Management. The one-day interactive course will: a) Distinguish the differences between traditional animal assisted activities, animal assisted therapy and canine disaster relief services; b) Demonstrate the immediacy of providing crisis intervention to victims of a disaster, when a canine is utilized as a “transitional object” by handlers trained in Critical Incident Stress Management; c) Identify how the canine provides “common ground” to establish a therapeutic alliance with victims who have experienced acute trauma and/or significant loss; d) Teach how to work with a canine individually or within a multi-disciplinary Integrated Care Team providing crisis intervention to victims of a critical incident; e) Present the protocol on how to incorporate the utilization of Canine Disaster Relief Services by individuals with, or without a canine, who are part of a multi-disciplinary Outreach Care Team or CISM Team.

CDRS Course Certificate

This course may qualify for Continuing Education Credits 

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Who Should Attend 

Animal Assisted Therapy and Animal Assisted Activities Organizations; Veterinarians; Vet-Techs; SPCA; Humane Society; Search & Rescue Teams; CISM Teams; Disaster Response Personnel; Department of Homeland Security Personnel; FEMA; Office of Emergency Management; Law Enforcement; Fire-Fighters; American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health; Salvation Army Disaster Services; Crisis Workers; Psychologists; Counselors; Social Workers; Grief Counselors; Faith-based providers; Pastoral Care; Law-Enforcement; EMTs/Paramedics; nurses and healthcare professionals; Teachers; School Administration.

Canine Crisis Intervention ~ CCI is not psychotherapy, rather it is a specialized acute emergency psychological crisis intervention using canines as “transitional objects.” The model has been used in over a hundred disasters in the last ten years. It evolved over the eight month period that K-9 Disaster Relief provided Canine Crisis Intervention services on WTC – Ground Zero.

This disaster relief technique requires specialized training. Individuals wishing to advance their training skills in disaster relief are required to first take the course in Canine Disaster Relief Services. As physical first-aid is to surgery, canine crisis intervention is to individuals suffering from traumatic stress caused by a critical incident or disaster. The Canine Crisis Intervention technique is sometimes called “emotional first-aid.” 

Most crisis interventions are typically done individually (one-on-one). This two-day course is designed to teach participants the fundamentals of, and a specific protocol for, individual canine crisis intervention working one-on-one with traumatized victims.

At the completion of this course, participants will be able to: List the fundamental principles of canine crisis intervention; Describe common symptoms after trauma; Demonstrate canine crisis intervention techniques; and List risk factors that require a higher level of structured care.

CONTACT K-9 FOR COURSES AND INFORMATION

This course may qualify for Continuing Education Credits

Who Should Attend

Animal Assisted Therapy and Animal Assisted Activities Organizations; Veterinarians; Vet-Techs; SPCA; Humane Society; Search & Rescue Teams; CISM Teams; Disaster Response Personnel; Department of Homeland Security Personnel; FEMA; Office of Emergency Management; Law Enforcement; Fire-Fighters; American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health; Salvation Army Disaster Services; Crisis Workers; Psychologists; Counselors; Social Workers; Grief Counselors; Faith-based providers; Pastoral Care; Law-Enforcement; EMTs/Paramedics; nurses and healthcare professionals; Teachers; School Administration.