The Good Dog Foundation seeks psychologists, clinical social workers, and/or licensed professional counselors to be trained in canine animal-assisted therapy (AAT) for an innovative intervention that will support female prisoners reuniting with their minor children.
• AAT training will be offered free to qualifying therapists. • Once trained and certified by Good Dog, those chosen to participate will be paid $150/hour for up to 30 hours of work.
The intervention will evaluate the use of AAT combined with an evidence-based parenting curriculum delivered via a partnership between Good Dog, Pace Univ. Dept. of Criminal Justice, and the Metropolitan Correction Center, a federal prison. Four (4) human/dog therapy teams will be selected. Those applying should:
• Own a dog with the demeanor/behavior appropriate for AAT work (Good Dog will evaluate) • Be able to complete approx. 8 hrs. of in-class AAT training (1 hr. weekly with your dog) in Brooklyn or Manhattan, usually after work hours or on weekends • Be able to commit to weekly work in a Lower Manhattan federal prison (late Jan – early May, 2017, 3 hours per session, 14 weeks). Sessions are every Tuesday morning and rotate evenings on Mondays and Wednesdays every other week. Applicants would need to commit to either the evening sessions or the Tuesday sessions. • Be able to pass Federal security screening for work in prisons (no criminal record) • Have a desire to understand and, if appropriate, employ AAT in your work • Enjoy working with at-risk populations For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Good Dog Foundation, a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization, is a national leader in developing animal-assisted therapy training programs and in certifying, placing and supervising therapy dogs and their handlers for work in hospitals, schools, libraries, nursing homes, community and social service centers.
PROGRAM NOTE: Female inmates convicted of nonviolent crimes have the highest recidivism rate of any crime typology. One reason is 70% have minor children at home, and disruption of the mother-child bond from incarceration contributes to high rates of depression, self-destructive behavior, and other types of mental illness. Their children also suffer from depression, social exclusion, anxiety, substance use, early criminality, antisocial behavior, and physical ailments. There are 1.3 million at-risk children nationally. Innovations are needed to provide these inmates with emotionally supportive, in-prison, parenting skills that can be tested for their ability to help restore severed mother-child bonds, enhance family reunification, decrease recidivism, and reduce intergenerational offending patterns.
The Good Dog Foundation (Good Dog) was founded as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in 1998. Good Dog’s mission is to ease human suffering and promote recovery from trauma and stress using animal-assisted therapy services.