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Friday, May 11

Practice Perspectives: The Role of Animals as Therapeutic Aids in Private Practice

Yael "Ellie" Silverman, LICSW
Senior Practice Associate, National NASW

The Role of Animals as Therapeutic Aids in Private Practice

NASW has received phone calls and e-mails from members with questions regarding the use of animals as a therapeutic tool. There are four categories of animals used in a helping capacity: (1) service animals, (2) emotional support animals (ESAs), (3) comfort dogs, and (4) animal-assisted therapy. Clinical social workers’ roles and responsibilities vary in each category. The purpose of this practice perspective is to define each category and identify the roles of clinical social workers.

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Posted on 05/11/18 at 11:11 AM

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