Event date: 11/18/2022 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Export event
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Animal Assisted Social Work

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1.5 Clinical CEUs in Ethics approved by NASW VT

NASW Vermont Chapter is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0683.

This training is for individuals who are interested in how human-animal interactions might be used in the social work field. It will provide an overview of the distinctive benefits of human-animal interactions in social work, how providers can work with animals in a therapeutic context, and how to build effective programs. It will also provide an overview of existing research in animal assisted social work. This training will also explore potential legal and ethical issues of partnering with animals in social work. There will be special consideration to animal assisted social work in the treatment of trauma.


Learning Objectives

1. Participants will obtain an overview of the distinctive benefits of human-animal interactions in social work.

2. Participants will identify ways that social workers can partner with animals in a therapeutic context.

3. Participants will gain knowledge on legal and ethical considerations of partnering with animals in social work.

4. Participants will review existing research on animal assisted social work.

5. Participants will learn how animal assisted social work is used in the treatment of trauma.


About the Presenter


Alessandra Sorrento, LICSW (she/her) received her Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University in New York and a certificate in Child and Family Therapy from New York University in New York. Alessandra is a licensed independent clinical social worker in both Vermont and New York. Her experience includes work with children, families, and adults in schools, hospitals, and several community-based agencies in NYC and Vermont. Alessandra is currently practicing as a clinician in private practice working with children and adults. Alessandra is passionate about animal assisted social work, and she specializes in equine assisted social work. Alessandra worked at Gallop NYC for many years teaching therapeutic horseback riding and providing equine assisted psychotherapy across populations, including veterans, children and adults living with mental illness and chronic health conditions, and youth in the criminal justice system. Alessandra has experience partnering with dogs, chickens, horses, cats, rabbits, and geese to provide therapeutic support. Alessandra has provided workshops and demonstrations using animals on animal assisted therapy to provide education to the Gallop NYC community and to other social work agencies such as the Visiting Nurse Service of NY and the Howard Center in Vermont.

Workshop Details

  • You will be sent a zoom link prior to the workshop
  • If you would like to pay by check, please email Janelle - jjoliat.naswnh@socialworkers.org
  • Questions? Email Lynn - lstanley.naswvt@socialworkers.org



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