Courthouse Therapy Dogs and SB 526

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Tallahassee Memorial Animal Therapy and the Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program are hosting a training of interest to volunteer guardians ad litem.

Join us on Monday, May 19, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at our offices for Courthouse Therapy Dogs and SB 526.

Court can be extremely intimidating and stressful for everyone involved, especially children. When young victims and witnesses are required to attend or testify at court proceedings like dependency hearings, the Second Judicial Circuit's Pet Therapy in Courts Program is available to provide support.

Founded in 2007, our Pet Therapy in Courts Program uses canines trained by Tallahassee Memorial Animal Therapy to provide comfort to children in court. One of the largest of its kind in the United States, the goals of the program are to reduce the child's anxiety and therefore result in more accurate testimony.

Presented by Stephanie Perkins, Tallahassee Memorial Animal Therapy Program Coordinator, the training will provide an introduction to therapy dogs and highlight the impact of recently enacted legislation expanding the language regarding therapy animals in Florida's courtrooms.

Participants may receive one (1) hour of continuing education credit. Afterward, report your hours quickly and easily using our eForm.

The training is free. You can download the event flyer and register with the event contact below.

We hope to see you there!

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First Published April 24, 2014