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ABACLive Webinar with Alexandra (“Sasha”) Protopopova, PhD

October 1, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Presented through the ABACLive Cambridge Center Series. Helping those who help others, one live webinar at a time.

Alexandra “Sasha” Protopopova, PhD  presents: “Using Therapy Dogs in ABA Individual and Group Educational Sessions with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)”

Thursday, October 1, 2020
11:00 am – 2:00 pm (Eastern/NY)

This event is FREE for the general public.* Or available for the discounted price of $65 with 3 BACB® Learning CEUs.

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With increasing parental demand and interest in adding therapy dogs to special education classrooms, practitioners need to have a better understanding of how and when a therapy dog may be useful for their clients. The webinar will introduce new research on using dogs in ABA education and therapy contexts, with specific emphasis on children with ASD. We will cover several studies which aimed to better understand when and how to use therapy dogs with children with ASD, as well as identified the concerns and risks of doing so. Preliminary data will also be presented on a currently-run clinical trial of the integration of a therapy dog to ABA social skills group classes. Finally, we will discuss the ethical concerns of using animals and highlight several studies that showed that the welfare of therapy dogs may be compromised in specific situations. At the completion of the webinar, the audience will have a good understanding of what to consider when utilizing a therapy dog in their practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discriminate between different kinds of animals used to benefit human populations.
  • Select evidence-based approaches for the use of therapy dogs given the target behavior of the client.
  • Identify risks and concerns for both children and dogs when using therapy dogs in ABA sessions.

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Alexandra (Sasha) Protopopova, MS, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Animal Welfare Program at the University of British Columbia. Sasha’s research aims are to improve animal shelter practices, improve companion animal welfare in shelters, pet homes, and in assistance roles. Sasha earned an MS and a PhD in Behavior Analysis from the University of Florida. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and is a frequent presenter in scientific and professional conferences. Sasha spends her days conducting behavioral research, teaching university classes in Animal Learning, going on hiking trails, and cuddling dogs.

*This event is FREE for the general public. For those that want a certificate of completion for continuing education credits please purchase the discounted CEs. This event is being offered at the discounted ABACLive Cambridge Center Series price for CEUs (Learning). (Register on ABAC website) Behavior Analysts may earn continuing education for viewing the live event or recording.Behavior Analysts: 3 CEUs (Learning) (Visit ABAC website for complete information.)

The ABACLive Cambridge Center Series of webinars are presented by Board of Directors, Trustees, Advisors, Senior Fellows of the prestigious Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.

The ABACLive Cambridge Center Series is the result of a collaboration between The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies (CCBS) and The Applied Behavior Analysis Center, Inc (ABAC) designed to make behavioral health education accessible to the global community of professionals working to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

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October 1, 2020
11:00 am - 2:00 pm


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