Animal-Assisted Therapy: An Alternative Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Aug. 11, 2016; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)


Many service members returning from combat deployments are coping with the “invisible wounds of war” including traumatic brain injury (TBI) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These wounds often negatively impact quality of life and community reintegration. The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Service Dog Training Program assists patients with TBI, PTSD and other psychological injuries through the clinically-based, goal-directed complementary treatment intervention of Animal-assisted therapy. Speakers will address the healing power of the human-animal bond, how patients are taught to train mobility service dogs, how these skills improve TBI and PTSD symptoms, and current research initiatives.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will know how to:

  • Describe the purpose and scope of the Service Dog Training Program and animal-assisted therapy intervention
  • Explain the human-animal bond and its therapeutic role in reducing TBI and PTSD symptoms
  • Articulate the role that active participation in the Service Dog Training Program can have as an alternate treatment to traditional rehabilitation approaches for patients with TBI or PTSD


Meg Daley Olmert
Senior Research Advisor Warrior Canine Connection Brookeville, Maryland
Rick A. Yount, M.S., L.S.W.
Founder and Executive Director Warrior Canine Connection Brookeville, Maryland


Brooke Heintz, M.S.W., Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
TBI Subject Matter Expert Clinical Affairs Division Contract support to Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center Silver Spring, Maryland

Continuing Education

Continuing education credit is available from Professional Education Services Group (PESG). You must register by 3 p.m. (ET) Aug. 11, 2016, to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.

The awarding of continuing education credit is limited in scope to health care providers who actively provide psychological health and TBI care to U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and their families.

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