Presenter: Dr Bronwyn Robson
Mental health conditions such as stress, anxiety and depression are prevalent and appear to be on the rise. Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI) have been demonstrated to reduce the symptoms of depression, anxiety and PTSD (O’Haire, Guerin and Kirkham, 2015) and buffer the impact of stress (Fiocco and Hunse, 2017).
Dr Bronwyn Robson will be presenting an evidence based approach to using dogs in therapy with clients, particularly those with anxiety and/or depression. She recently ran a pilot program which aimed at trialing Animal-Assisted Therapy on the St Lucia campus of the University of Queensland, in order to determine if this type of program was a viable form of therapeutic intervention that could provide individuals with improved social, emotional and/or cognitive functioning.
Bronwyn will share with us the outcomes of the trial plus give us a few tips on the ‘Hows‘ and ‘Whys‘ of thinking outside the box and bringing dogs into the counselling room.
Presenter: Dr Bronwyn Robson has a PhD in Evolutionary Genetics. She began her career as a research scientist and science teacher. Her interest in counselling began as a result of the pastoral care role she had while she was teaching high school Biology. She completed her Master of Counselling degree from the University of Queensland in 2015 and now is a student counsellor at UQ.
As she is passionate about science, her framework for therapy utilises ACT and Solution Focused Therapy approaches, informed by principles of neuroscience and human evolution. As someone who loves animals and is a pet owner, Animal Assisted Interventions and the benefits of pet therapy sparked her interest, both as a therapist and as a scientist.
Where: Relationships Australia. 159 St Pauls Terrace, Spring Hill
When: Friday 1 March, 5 – 7 p.m. Enjoy networking with other counsellors from 5.00pm. Topic presentation starts 5.30pm and concludes at 7.00pm
Please click on this link https://www.trybooking.com/461135 to make your online booking now and take advantage of the Early Bird Price.
Early Bird – payment needs to be made by Sunday 17 February 2019
Members: $18 Non Members: $23 QCA Student Members: $16
Members: $23 Non Members: $28 QCA Student Members: $21
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: This event attracts 1.5 Professional Development hours.
QCA Committee Professional Development Program