Roseann Bennett, a licensed marriage and family therapist, president of the New Jersey Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and co-founder of the Center for Assessment and Treatment, treats some of her patients with canine assisted therapy which is treatment where a dog is brought in to help relax the patient and get them to open up to the therapist.
Bennett, who doesn’t turn clients away because they don’t have the ability to pay, tries to find new and innovative methods to help her clients along with tried-and-true methods. While working with children, she first became interested in “Canine-Assisted Therapy”. Roseann Bennett’s go to therapy is Jack, he is brought in at strategic moments to help the client.
According to Roseann Bennett, therapy dogs have been in use since 1976 after a Elaine Smith noticed that a dog brought by the chaplain helped the people the chaplain visited. Realizing the ability of dogs to help people, Elaine Smith started the therapy dog training program which has revolutionized therapy. So can all dogs be therapy dogs?
The ones considered really good are German Shepherds, Greyhounds, Welsh Corgis among others. The main things to consider when looking to train a therapy dog you need to find one that is very calm and not really hyper since if they get excited easily it can defeat the purpose of using them. Refer to This Article to learn more.
They also need to have basic obedience training so they don’t jump on the clients. The final thing is they need to be ready for anything, there is no telling what kind of situations they may be put into and they need to adapt to the new situation.
It is well known by Roseann Bennett that a therapy dog can calm people who have problems with anxiety which is why they are used in schools for public speaking, but with Bennett she uses the dogs to calm a person and make them feel more open to speaking about an issue that is affecting them.
Learn more about Bennett on https://www.behance.net/roseannbennett