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Application of Animal-Assisted Therapy to Treat Trauma

Event Date:

August 9, 2024

Event Time:

12:00 pm

This workshop is designed to share effective strategies for utilizing animals for trauma, complex trauma, anxiety, PTSD, and depression. Metaphorical applications when engaged with equines, dogs, cats, pigs, and lambs will be processed for advanced clinical skills. Addressing intersectionality, diversity, and racism will be a focus.

Workshop Objectives:

  1. Increase conceptualizations and competencies of animal-assisted therapy in counseling.
  2. Understand the etiology of Animal-Assisted therapy in counseling.
  3. Learn the four properties of change using animals.
  4. Identify metaphorical therapeutics utilizing a view of a session.
  5. Identify and apply advanced cultural awareness for community wellness.

About the Speakers:

Dr. Sandra Kakacek (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Associate Professor for Clinical Mental Health at Adler University in Chicago. She also has been a private practice counselor for over forty years of which twenty-five years have included working as an equine-assisted therapist and added other emotional support animals seven years ago.  Her expertise in counseling clients centers on individual children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families, focusing on trauma. Dr. Kakacek was a prior Illinois ICES and ICA President.

Kaitlyn Twardzik (she/her) is a graduate of Walden University with a master’s in counseling and a graduate of Northern Illinois University in Rehabilitation. Kaitlyn is an ABA registered behavioral technician with children and a counselor for Animal-Assisted Therapy. She enjoys helping clients of all ages achieve personal goals, increase self-esteem, language, and executive functioning skills, and uses animals to increase social and emotional skills. Kaitlyn’s emphasis is working with all ages to increase overall wellness to facilitate change.

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Event FAQs

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made 24 hours or more in advance of the event date will receive a 100% refund. Cancellations made on the day of the event will not be refunded. Please email us at to cancel your registration.

Registration for CEUs

This workshop fulfills the requirements for 1 CE credits. CE sponsorship is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), and credits are applicable to LCSW and transferrable to LCPC in Illinois. If you have a different licensure or are licensed outside of Illinois, please check with your licensure body before purchasing.


Please note that we require your live attendance in order to issue CE certificates. If you are unable to attend live, please let us know at least 24 hours before the event.


Please enter your licensure information in the Google form provided in our follow-up email to ensure the prompt issue of CE certificates after the workshop.

Event Schedule Details

  • August 9, 2024 12:00 pm   -   1:00 pm
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