Transforming Trauma: Finding Resiliency and Healing through Animals

Transforming Trauma: Finding Resiliency and Healing through Animals

Keynote Address

Philip Tedeschi, LCSW, MSSW

This keynote address will present emerging research and examples of the important roles that animals can play in responding to trauma, highlighting contributions from the new book edited by Philip Tedeschi and Molly Jenkins; Transforming Trauma: Finding Resiliency and Healing through Animals with forward by Dr. Bruce Perry. The presentation will review some of the important ways that animals are being incorporated into clinical responses to trauma. Highlights will include discussion of possible neuro-biological explanations of how the integration of animals into the process of therapy may have important and beneficial impacts on individual healing. This address will explore some case examples, and clinical methods with emphasis on animals’ natural capacity for engagement in dynamic therapeutic relational play. It will also offer input on the ethical considerations of including animals in trauma response.

 

 

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