Presented by Maureen Backman
CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CPDT 1.5, KPA 1.5
The most recent definition of Motivational Interviewing is
“a collaborative, person centered form of guiding to elicit and strengthen motivation for change”
As dog trainers, we need competence not only in the field of dog behavior change, but also human behavior change. Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-based set of techniques to facilitate compliance and behavior change in clients. Designed for brief interventions and applied over a wide range of disciplines from health care to smoking cessation, Motivating Interviews can help trainers resolve more behavior cases and create more effective consultations with their clients.
Maureen Backman, MS, CTC, graduated with honors from Jean Donaldson’s prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers, and has a graduate degree in rehabilitation psychology. After working in San Francisco as a social worker, she combined her lifelong love of dogs and her strengths in counseling and coaching to forge a career as a dog trainer.
Maureen’s particular strength is combining her knowledge of counseling and coaching along with her studies in positive reinforcement training techniques to help humans understand how to communicate and work with their dogs. She is strongly committed to using only humane, positive training methods that are based on animal learning science, and frequently consults with her colleagues at the Academy to further her knowledge in training methods and best practices.
In addition to her master’s degree, Maureen is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and the Association for Pet Dog Trainers. She is one of the founders of Dog Connect SF, a positive reinforcement training blog and social network (which just won the Bay Woof 2013 Beast of the Bay Award for best dog social networking site!). She is the founder of The Muzzle Up! Project, aimed at erasing stigma and spreading education related to dogs wearing muzzles. She also leads the volunteer training team Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco.
PPAB, 1.5 CCPDT, 1.5 IAABC, 1.5
Are we as force-free with our clients and our colleagues as we are with the animals in our care? Our behavior-consulting work often takes place amidst emotionally charged situations. The stakes can be high and our clients can be upset, argumentative and unpleasant. Additionally, these same characteristics can describe our colleagues as well at times. And so, when dealing with disagreeable people, can we apply our core skills of careful observation, non-reactivity, gradual shaping and timely reinforcement of alternate behaviors? Let’s consider if we are willing to extend our ethic of non-violence to include our interactions with people as well as pets, and if so, what practical changes we could make to support this.
Kathy Sdao, MA, ACAAB.
Kathy is an associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist based in Tacoma, Washington and has spent the past two decades as a full-time professional trainer for dogs and other animals.
For her first ten years as an animal trainer, Kathy trained marine mammals at a research laboratory for the University of Hawaii, in the open-ocean for the US Navy and at a zoo in Tacoma Washington. Since 1995, Kathy has focused on training land-dwelling animals: dogs and their people.
She has been honored to be on the faculty of Karen Pryor’s Clicker Expos since 2003. She also has trained animal actors, written for The Clicker Journal and the APDT Newsletter, served as a subject-matter expert for the Delta Society's Service Dog Education System; conducted rat-training camp for Terry Ryan's DogSense, instructed at Dogs of Course’s Instructor Training Course and appeared as the "Way Cool Scientist" on an episode of Bill Nye the Science Guy!
Kathy meets with dog owners in Tacoma, Seattle, and other areas in the Puget Sound region to design behavior modification plans, to teach basic manners to their dogs and to prepare for competition. She also travels extensively to lead dog training and behavior workshops that make the science of animal training accessible and practical for dog trainers and owners alike.
Presented by Dr. Vanessa Rohlf
CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5
Have you ever felt angry, irritable or sad because of the work that you do? Have you ever questioned whether it’s all worthwhile? Or do you feel completely satisfied by your work yet emotionally and physically exhausted by it at the same time? You might be experiencing the signs of compassion fatigue. (secondary trauma and burnout).
Animal care professionals may be particularly at risk because of their dual role of caring for both animals and their owners. Stressful interactions with the public, exposure to trauma and coping with the loss of animals through accidents, illness or euthanasia all contribute to compassion fatigue.
This seminar is intended to help individuals recognize the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue and identify evidence based strategies to prevent and manage the condition.
Dr. Vanessa Rohlf is a consultant and educator specializing in compassion fatigue and stress management within the animal industry, dedicated to helping animal care professionals and organizations manage and overcome stress and physical and mental exhaustion.
Dr. Rohlf’s formal qualifications, a PhD with a specialization in psychology and a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in psychology, combined with her work experience as a veterinary nurse and animal welfare researcher, has helped her fine tune her knowledge and skills in developing ways to support those who dedicate their lives to animals in need.
CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1
Companion animals occupy an important role in our lives. They are our friends, our confidants and cherished members of the family. They provide unconditional love and support. They never judge and are always happy to see us when we come home. It's no surprise then that the death of a companion animal can be just as profound and devastating as the loss of a human significant other.
Animal care professionals and trainers are in the privileged position of working with these special animals and, while this can be an extremely rewarding role, it can also mean that professionals are also exposed to grief and loss when these animals die.
This seminar is designed to give trainers and animal care professionals information on current theories and findings relevant to animal bereavement. Attendees will also be offered practical tools for self-care and strategies to support clients, friends and family members who may be experiencing companion animal bereavement.
In this webinar attendees will:
1. Appreciate the significance of animal bereavement
2. Be able to describe common grief reactions
3. Recognize types of grief including disenfranchised, anticipatory and complicated grief
4. Learn strategies for self-care and ways of coping
5. Learn how to support others through grief
Dr. Vanessa Rohlf
Dr. Vanessa Rohlf is a compassion fatigue consultant and educator for the animal industries. Vanessa provides evidence-based workshops, seminars, and consultations in mindfulness, stress management, bereavement and compassion fatigue.
She is a member of the Anthrozoology Research Group, has her Ph.D. with a specialisation in psychology and has worked in the animal industry for over 13 years where her roles varied from veterinary nurse to animal welfare researcher. Vanessa is an experienced lecturer and public speaker. She has lectured and tutored psychology and human behaviour for over 6 years and presents at international and national conferences.
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