What specialist crisis response dog units teach us about psychological reco...
What specialist crisis response dog units teach us about psychological recovery
Presented by: Dr Filomena Bua
Time: 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Location: City of Melbourne’s Multicultural Hub, located at 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
Price: CIMA Member $16.50, Non Member $32.50
Dr Bua has been working as a registered psychologist for 26 years. She has extensive experience providing psychological recovery services, training and consultancy for individuals and organisations across the public, private and corporate sectors. Over the last 13 years her primary work focus has been in the public health sector supporting, treating and teaching hospital staff in psychological trauma recovery and self-care.
In 2012 Dr Bua went to the USA (Oregon, Montana and California) to conduct doctoral research on Animal Assisted Crisis Response (AACR) Teams. AACR teams consist of a human handler and dog who form specialised units deployed to provide support services to casualties and emergency responders at disaster sites or traumatic events.
Dr Bua is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, CIMA (Crisis Intervention Management Australasia) and ICISF (International Critical Incident Stress Foundation). She is an approved instructor with CIMA and ICISF in individual and group crisis work. She is currently in private practice and is the staff consultant psychologist for Western Private Hospital
Animal Assisted Crisis Response (AACR) teams are specialist trained units consisting of a human handler and dog. The teams are trained in animal therapy, animal assisted crisis response and human crisis intervention. They are used widely throughout the USA in collaboration with other crisis response services to support people, including emergency responders, through large or small scale traumatic events. AACR teams were first used in the response efforts to the mass shooting at Thurston High School, Oregon (1998). Thereafter the AACR field developed as a distinct discipline due to the deployment of dog teams as a support service for people at ground zero following the Twin Tower terrorist attacks in New York (2001). Dr Bua travelled to the USA to research AACR work and spend time with these teams during routine visits to inmates of the Washington County Sheriff's prison and Oregon Operation Purple Camp for children of military personnel. The presentation will discuss how these dog teams operate, how they assist people during times of crisis and what they teach us about psychological recovery work.
Light supper provided | Bookings are essential | 1 CPD hour
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