Roseann Bennett is a licensed marriage and family therapist, with over ten years’ experience. She works primarily in New Jersey as in in-house therapist with children and their families, providing treatment planning, case management, and crisis management. In 2009, she along with her husband, opened up Center for Assessment and Treatment. When opening this treatment center, Roseann’s goal was to provide services to the community and marginalized families who could not afford to have health insurance.
At the Center for Assessment and Treatment, while working with children, Roseann Bennett wanted to introduce canine-assisted therapy to her patients. Canines have been proven to be effective for therapy because they provide calmness to children, a safety net that is good for them. Children also feel comfortable with dogs because they are great companions and do not judge, making them a perfect method for helping children open up during therapy.
Roseann Bennett has therapy dog, Jack, at her center to help her patients relax. However, Jack will not be used if there is a more effective and established treatment for the patient. Therapy dogs and service dogs can be confused for the same thing, but there are differences. Service dogs are trained to help a person with special needs, where as a therapy dog address emotional needs, such as with people who have anxiety disorders or autism. The introduction of canines to therapy began in 1976, when Elaine Smith saw that a chaplain had brought a dog and was helping everyone it stopped to visit. That is when she began a facility with trained dogs to help people. The best breeds of dogs for therapy include; Greyhounds, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, and Labrador Retrievers to name a few. View Related Info Here.
Others who would benefit from a therapy dog is an individual going through depression, anxiety, or people who have suffered from traumatic experiences. Pets are mood boosters and their affection can make such an impactful difference. Roseann Bennett will always use “Canine-Assisted Therapy” with her patients, because they not only provide calmness, but a way to communicate, especially when feeling alienated.
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