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What is Animal-assisted Education?

Yvonne Eaton-Stull, DSW, MSW, LCSW

May 28, 2021

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What is animal-assisted education?

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Animal-assisted education is a type of animal-assisted intervention. Animal-assisted education has specific learning goals or skills that are being taught. For example, you may be familiar with reading programs that are cropping up throughout the United States, where children get to read to dogs to enhance their comfort reading aloud.

 

This Ask the Expert is an edited excerpt from the webinar, Animal-Assisted Interventions to Enhance Social Work Practice, presented by Yvonne Eaton-Stull, DSW, MSW, LCSW.

 


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Yvonne Eaton-Stull, DSW, MSW, LCSW

Dr. Yvonne Eaton-Stull is an Associate Professor of Social Work and Program Director of the BSSW Program at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. Dr. Eaton-Stull is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in animal-assisted social work, crisis intervention, and forensic social work.  She has two therapy dogs and actively provides animal-assisted interventions in many human service agencies.  She is a canine handler with HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response where she has provided comfort and support following crises and disasters throughout the United States for over 15 years.  Her recent research has included implementing animal-assisted interventions in state prisons to address stress and anxiety, self-harm, and grief and loss.  


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