Assistance Dogs: Their Role in Healthcare and Patients Who Can Benefit From Them

Assistance Dogs: Their Role in Healthcare and Who Can Benefit From Them

Course Expiration Date: 10/31/2019

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

If you are purchasing this course the cost is $40 payable through PayPal when you enroll.

Course Description: The founder and executive director of Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services  (PAALS), the only accredited Assistance Dog International program based in South Carolina, will explore the benefits of assistance dogs for patients and health care facilities. Over the last decade, the applications for assistance dogs have increasingly partnered dogs with people who need medical assistance due to a disability. Health care providers can learn a great deal about who would best qualify for this type of service and how to refer patients. Research demonstrates the benefits of service  dogs in health care facilities when integrated into physical therapies, occupational therapies, autism therapies, and even cancer detection. This two-hour course will explore the applications of assistance dogs in health care providers facilities and instruct health care providers on how to make referrals.

Instructor: Jen Rogers, Executive Director

Target Audience: Nurses, social workers and other interested healthcare providers

Learning Outcomes: After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Support the use of assistance dogs in the in-patient setting through referrals.
  • Describe the application of assistance dogs in the healthcare field.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the applicable laws.

Length of Course: 1hour 45 minutes

Credit Statements:

Licensed Nurses:  Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive 1.75 contact hours.

Social Workers: This program has been approved for 1.75 clock hours of non-social work continuing education by Upstate AHEC, as part of the SC AHEC system, under its accreditation by the SC Board of Social Work Examiners.

Others: This educational offering provides 0.175 CEUs ( 1.75 clock hours) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement: Upstate AHEC's conflict of interest policy requires faculty to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of their presentations/materials.

The speaker(s) has/have signed a vested interest form declaring  no conflict of interest in educational activities.

Provisions of this educational activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.


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