Pet Therapy

by Instructor: Debi Fischer, BSN, MSW, BA, RN, LCSW

$15.00

i 1.00 CEH

Course Overview

Animals have been used as a means of therapeutic intervention for years and the healthcare field is rich in anecdotal stories about the human-animal bond. This bond shows potential in improving psychological health and well-being, including quality of life measures, for people across the continuum of healthcare. However, there is a great need for evidence-based information about the use of pet therapy, also known as animal assisted intervention (AAI), in the interdisciplinary healthcare model. Until recently, there has been no high-quality research that clearly supports or refutes the use of AAI. Now, several recent studies have attempted to fill this gap in the literature. This course will develop the learner’s understanding of the history of AAI and correct terminology and use of AAI in healthcare. Two recent experimental studies will be reviewed to assess how AAI may influence outcomes related to patients with cancer and their caregivers. The goal of this continuing education course is to discuss pet therapy from a healthcare perspective.

The content in this course is applicable to nursing, social worker, occupational therapy, pharmacy, and speech language pathology professionals.

About the Course Author

Debi Fischer, BSN, MSW, BA, RN, LCSW, works in a surgical oncology step down unit. She also has experience in neurology and orthopedics. She is also a contributor to an online oncology nursing website and has written articles for online magazines. One of her goals is to use her LCSW license to write about mental health.

Debi Fischer, BSN, MSW, BA, RN, LCSW has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (19 Match)

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center

    1.00HOURS

    In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


  • California Board of Registered Nursing

    1.00HOURS

    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791 Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing

    1.00HOURS

    District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Florida Board of Nursing

    1.00HOURS

    Florida Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • American Occupational Therapy Association

    1.00HOURS

    Relias Learning is an approved provider of continuing education courses by the American Occupational Therapy Association. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

    Category: Category 1 & 2.

    This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours.
  • Florida Board of Occupational Therapy

    1.00HOURS

    This course has been approved by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy for 1.0 contact hours, approval number 20-678967.
  • Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy

    1.00HOURS

    Alabama State Board Of Occupational Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290).

    Occupational Therapists will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Georgia Board of Nursing

    1.00HOURS

    Georgia Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • South Carolina Board of Nursing

    1.00HOURS

    This program was approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education Program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing

    1.00HOURS

    West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

    1.00HOURS

    In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


    Type Activity: Knowledge
    Target Audience Designation: P
    ACPE Universal Activity Number: JA0008057-0000-20-271-H01-P
  • New Mexico Board of Nursing

    1.00HOURS

    New Mexico Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Arkansas State Board of Nursing

    1.00HOURS

    Arkansas State Board Of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Arizona Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners

    1.00HOURS

    Arizona Board Of Occupational Therapy Examiners (CEBroker Provider #50-290).

    Occupational Therapists will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy

    1.00HOURS

    Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
    Occupational Therapists will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • South Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy

    1.00HOURS

    South Carolina Board Of Occupational Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
    Occupational Therapists will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Louisiana State Board Medical Examiners- Occupational Therapy

    1.00HOURS

    Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners - Occupational Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
    Occupational Therapists will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Mississippi State Department of Health- Occupational Therapy

    1.00HOURS

    Mississippi State Department of Health- Occupational Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
    Occupational Therapists will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Tennessee Board of Occupational Therapy

    1.00HOURS

    Tennessee Board of Occupational Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
    Occupational Therapists will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.


Course Details
  • Course Code:

    REL-ACU-0-CE789
  • Hours:

    1.00
  • Type:

    Online Course
  • Release Date:

    2020-01-01
  • Expiration Date:

    2022-11-21
  • Learning Objectives:

    Define animal assisted therapy (AAT).; Describe the potential physiological and psychological impacts of AAT.; Examine a brief overview of the history of pet therapy.; Summarize current research regarding the use of AAT.
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction
    About This Course
    Learning Objectives
    Section 2: Animal-Assisted Interventions
    Meet Raquel
    Pet Therapy Terminology
    History of the Field
    Additional Research
    Not Just for House Pets
    Role of AAT in Oncology
    Oncology Patients: Evaluating the Current Evidence
    AAT and a Pediatric Oncology Population
    Summary
    Section 3: Clinical Vignette
    Interdisciplinary Care
    Section 4: Conclusion
    Summary
    Course Contributors
    References
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Introductory level Occupational Therapists; Nurses; Pharmacists; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
    Relias has a grievance policy in place to facilitate reports of dissatisfaction. Relias will make every effort to resolve each grievance in a mutually satisfactory manner. In order to report a complaint or grievance please contact Relias.
    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Support by completing the web form (https://www.relias.com/help) or by using the chat functionality.
    All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
    Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of, or affiliation with, Relias, LLC.
    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.
  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.
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