Event Explores Use of Dogs in Helping Trauma Victims

The New Paltz Undergraduate Psychology Association and the Hudson Valley Psychological Association is hosting a free event featuring some of the top applied psychologists in the Hudson Valley who work on the topic of trauma and the role of dogs in helping trauma victims.

The event will be held Saturday, February 15, from 2-5 p.m. in the Coykendall Science Building Auditorium.

Topics include “Trauma sensitive courtrooms,” and the “Use of facility dogs in trauma-informed treatment and in the attachment-based group work with mothers and their babies.”  Presenters will discuss “Rosie Goes to Court,” the historic case of an 11-year-old Golden Retriever named Rosie.  Rosie accompanied an adolescent victim to court when she testified regarding sexual assault.  A professional dog trainer will also explain the training of facility dogs and give a demonstration with at least one dog that has finished the two-year training program.

Presenter Information:

David A. Crenshaw, Ph.D., ABPP, Clinical Director, Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie

Lori Stella, LCSW, Social Worker, Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie

Stephanie Carnes, LMSW, Social Worker for Young Mother’s Program, Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie

Sherry Burger, Professional Dog Trainer, Educated Canines Assisting Disabilities (ECAD)

Ace, 2-year-old trained Golden Retriever, Facility Dog at the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie

This presentation is open for free to all HVPA members, non-HVPA members, lay people and of course all faculty, staff and students at SUNY New Paltz as well as students from other colleges

For more information, visit https://faculty.newpaltz.edu/glenngeher/dog-therapy-presentation-hosted-by-hvpa/.

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