Introducing Service, Emotional Support, and Therapy Animals: Benefits, Legal, and Ethical Considerations
This course will provide public health professionals, students, Tribes and Tribal-serving organizations with information, tools, and resources on the use and function of Service Animals, Therapy Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and pets.
Academic Faculty/Staff, Federal Government Employees, State Government Employees, Local Government Employees, Non-Government Employees and Students.
- Recognize the breadth anddepth of the field of Service Animals
- Explain the differences between, and benefits of, Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, Therapy Animals and pets
- Describe the advantages of the use of Service Animals in today’s society, including current evidence-based research
- Define the current laws/regulations
- Recognize legal/ethical considerations for professional interactions with individuals using Service Animals
James Bywater, MS, LPC-S, NCC
James Bywater graduated with Honors from Northeastern State University and has worked as an Adjunct Professor at Northeastern State University since 2012.
During his time at Northeastern State University he has developed and instructed various courses in Psychology, including: Intro to Psych, Personality Theory, Intro to Human Behavior, Technology-assisted Therapy, Suicide intervention, and Service Animals. Mr. Bywater is also a Supervisor of Behavioral Health Clinical Services at Cherokee Nation Health Services.
Mr. Bywater along with the Cherokee Nation Attorney General’s Office developed the Service Animal Policy used throughout all of the Cherokee Nation facilities. He also developed the policies for the use of Animal-assisted Therapy within the Cherokee Nation Health System.
Mr. Bywater is trained in the use and practice of Animal-assisted Therapy and has been practicing this fast-growing and popular form of therapy with his clients since 2016.
Mr. Bywater uses a Goldendoodle named “Cotton” in session with clients and has become widely known locally with several news articles of the pair and the evidence-based work that they provide to the community.
Special Team Member: Cotton the Therapy Dog
Cotton the Therapy Dog is a Goldendoodle who also works as a Service Dog for James. He has a disability and she is able to provide a service directly related to it.
As a Therapy Dog she works weekly as part of an Animal-Assisted Therapy Team with her handler James Bywater, MS, LPC-S, NCC.
Cotton has her own website and can be followed on Facebook.
Cotton is very active in advocating for and educating the public and professionals on topics related to Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Therapy Animals.
Cotton travels often and has presented at many seminars and professional conferences throughout the United States.
- 1.00 Participation/CETulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 1.00 hour(s) of credit for completing Introducing Service, Emotional Support, and Therapy Animals: Benefits, Legal, and Ethical Considerations
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