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On October 1st 2013 Connecticut will make history by enacting the FIRST Animal Assisted Therapy Bill
As the first bill of its kinds Connecticut realized the emotional and psychology benefits of including an animal in the mental health therapy treatment process.
Below is the complete Connecticut Animal Assisted Therapy Bill
History Making Bill Signed by Connecticut Governor – here is the actual bill
AN ACT CONCERNING ANIMAL THERAPY.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:
Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2013) (a) For purposes of this section, “animal assisted therapy” means goal-directed intervention in which animals are used as an integral part of the treatment process for individuals who have experienced mental, physical or emotional trauma and “animal assisted therapy community” means the local or regional entities possessing the staff and capabilities to engage in animal assisted therapy including, but not limited to, the Connecticut Humane Society, Soul Friends, Inc. and Animal Assisted Therapy Services, Inc.
(b) Not later than January 1, 2014, the Commissioner of Children and Families, within available appropriations, shall develop and implement training for certain employees of the Department of Children and Families and mental health care providers, on (1) the healing value of the human-animal bond for children, (2) the value of therapy animals in dealing with traumatic situations, and (3) the benefit of an animal assisted therapy program.
(c) Not later than January 1, 2014, the Commissioner of Children and Families, in consultation with the Governor’s Prevention Partnership and the animal assisted therapy community and within available appropriations, shall develop and operate, or contract for, an animal assisted therapy program. Such program shall: (1) Provide animal assisted therapy to children and youths living with trauma and loss; (2) provide animal assisted therapy to children and youths with behavioral health needs who are in the custody of the Department of Children and Families; (3) allow for collaboration with mental health care providers to incorporate animal assisted therapy into the therapy plan for youths or children; (4) promote the healing benefits of the human-animal bond by providing interactive empathetic training activities with therapy animals; (5) incorporate nonverbal learning into the formulation of trauma treatment modalities; and (6) demonstrate positive outcomes for children.
(d) Not later than January 1, 2014, the Commissioner of Children and Families, in consultation with the Commissioner of Agriculture and within available appropriations, shall develop a coordinated volunteer canine crisis response team. Such team shall consist of various handlers and canines that have been trained and certified to provide comfort and relief to individuals during and after traumatic events. Such team shall operate on a volunteer basis and shall be available to provide animal assisted therapy within twenty-four hours of receiving notice to do so.
(e) Not later than January 1, 2014, the Commissioner of Children and Families, in consultation with the Commissioner of Agriculture and the joint standing committee on children, shall develop a results based accountability assessment of the results of the programs implemented pursuant to subsections (b) to (d), inclusive, of this section to (1) determine the effectiveness of animal assisted therapy, (2) begin the process of identifying curriculum-based animal assisted therapy as a potential best practice approach, and (3) demonstrate positive outcome measures in hopefulness, tied to resilience in the literature and other social emotional measures of healthy child development.
IN HONOR OF THE FIRST DAY OF NATIONAL PLAY THERAPY AWARENESS WEEK
Work with young children is important….Because research has shown that a child’s social and academic success can be greatly influenced by experiences from infancy and toddlerhood. Infant or toddlers who have identified with difficulties or has experienced trauma would benefit from Play Therapy.
It’s important that a trained play therapist work with young child and their parents or caregivers as early as possible is optimal—early intervention make a difference. Early intervention helps foster mental health development and future healthy relationships. Neuroscientist have identified that healthy care giving interactions with infants and toddles positively influence developments of the child’s brain that affects their behaviors throughout childhood and adult hood. Play therapy provides the framework needed for understanding the emotional needs of very young children and their caregivers.
“The job of early intervention is to support, facilitate, identify and guild on strengths that exist in the and for each child and family”
DID YOU KNOW THAT DR. KAY TROTTER DOES PLAY THERAPY WITH YOUNG CHILDREN?
As a Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor Dr. Kay has extensive training in child development, parent-child attunement, play based interventions, parenting and of course play therapy techniques.
If you would like Dr. Kay Trotter to come talk to your group or find out more about Kaleidoscope Counseling please call 214-499-0396
Depression is one of those heavily used terms in our culture, applied to everything from a fleeting feeling to a serious clinical syndrome. Sometimes folks who have been depressed for a while are so used to it they do not even recognize it as depression! The following checklists are two tools to get you thinking about yourself, your mood, and your physical symptoms. Emotional Checklist:
Because these symptoms occur with many conditions, many depressed people never get help, because they don’t know that their physical symptoms might be caused by depression. A lot of doctors miss the symptoms, too. Physical Symptoms Checklist:
These physical symptoms aren’t “all in your head.” Depression can cause real changes in your body. For instance, it can slow down your digestion, which can result in stomach problems. Depression seems to be related to an imbalance of certain chemicals in your brain. Some of these same chemicals play an important role in how you feel pain. So many experts think that depression can make you feel pain differently than other people. But make sure to tell your health care provider about any physical symptoms. Don’t assume they’ll go away on their own. They may need additional treatment. For instance, your doctor may suggest an anti-anxiety medicine if you have insomnia. Those drugs help you relax and may allow you to sleep better. Exploring your depression treatment options: Antidepressants aren’t a cure. Medication may treat some symptoms of depression, but can’t change underlying contributions to depression in your life. Antidepressants won’t solve your problems if you’re depressed because of a dead-end job, a pessimistic outlook, or an unhealthy relationship. That’s where therapy and other lifestyle changes come in. Studies show that therapy works just as well as antidepressants in treating depression, and it’s better at preventing relapse once treatment ends. While depression medication only helps as long as you’re taking it, the emotional insights and coping skills acquired during therapy can have a more lasting effect on depression. However, if your depression is so severe that you don’t have the energy to pursue treatment, a brief trial of antidepressants may boost your mood to a level where you can focus on therapy. In addition to therapy, other effective treatments for depression include exercise, meditation, relaxation techniques, stress management, support groups, and self-help steps. While these treatments require more time and effort initially, their advantage over depression medication is that they boost mood without any adverse effects.
If you would like Dr. Kay Trotter to come talk to your group or find out more about her counseling practice, you can contact her at: Kay@KayTrotter.com, 214-499-0396, or visit her web site http://www.KayTrotter.com.
Dr Trotter also post regularly in her FaceBook fan page http://www.facebook.com/DrKaySudekumTrotter.