This workshop has been designed to develop the awareness, knowledge, and skills of helping professionals interested in integrating animal-assisted therapy into practice with a specific diagnosis. This includes therapists, teachers, nurses, or anyone who works with a population that would benefit from incorporating animals into practice. Goals, interventions, and intentions will be discussed of adding animals into the treatment of anxiety and depression. Time for case-specific consultation will also be given.
- Define animal-assisted therapy and other animal-assisted activities through the Human-Animal Relational Theory.
- Differentiate between specific interventions useful with clients dealing with anxiety, depression, and issues with similar symptoms.
- Describe the benefits of adding an animal to a therapy session for a client with anxiety, depression, and similar issues.
- Identify how to integrate anxiety and depression therapy goals into practice through experience case studies.
- Increase their understanding of how to incorporate animals into their profession.
Cheryl Meola, Ph.D, LCMHC, NCC
Cheryl Meola is an experienced therapist and expert in Equine Assisted Therapy. Her doctoral research at East Carolina University's Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Counseling focused on the use of equine therapy to help clinical populations, and she continues to promote equine-assisted wellness and stress reduction for individuals, such as helping professionals, veterans, and parents. Dr. Meola operates a private practice in Greenville, NC, where she offers therapy and wellness counseling with the assistance of her talented equine co-therapists. She specializes in coaching parents whose children have been diagnosed with mental health issues and also works with counselors to promote self-growth and awareness. Dr. Meola provides supervision for those pursuing licensure and is committed to staying up-to-date with the latest research and trends in her field. She enjoys sharing her knowledge with others and is a sought-after speaker at industry events. She also likes reading and writing about new ways to incorporate equine therapy into her practice to provide innovative and effective treatments for her clients.