Assistance Animal Partnerships: Psychological Perspectives in practice
Mini Series

Understand the relationship between a person and their assistance animal in this easy to attend, fully guaranteed, Online Mini Series™ from CPD Solutions

  • Differentiating between an assistance and emotional support animal
  • Exploring the distinct role of emotional support animals
  • Introducing relationship-centred care
  • You have a whole year’s access to recorded sessions and study notes for reviewing key points
  • Superb value for money – you learn without travelling or paying for accommodation, childcare or petcare
  • Watch the recordings on your mobile, PC or tablet
  • Self-assessment quiz to ‘release’ your 8 hours CPD certification

I feel that it is good to have an awareness of the different relationships clients have with their animal though. Especially as veterinary professionals deal with the general public on a daily basis.

The content was very relevant to todays practice, with trying to become more aware of the different needs and requirements of all clients

What will I learn on this course?

Session 1

Understanding the person-assistance animal relationship

  • Explain and explore the differences between an assistance animal (including medical assistance dogs) and emotional support animals (ESA)
  • Identify different types of assistance animals and their contexts, including case studies of assistance animal partnerships
  • Introduce Attachment Theory as model for understanding person-assistance animal relationships
  • Implications for veterinary practice

Session 2

Emotional Support animals and mental health

  • Develop understanding of what an emotional support animal is and how this is different to a pet/companion animal
  • Explore the types of mental health difficulties emotional support animals may help with, including case study examples
  • Psychological understandings of the person -ESA relationship
  • Implications for veterinary practice

Session 3

Relationship-centred care and assistance animal partnerships

  • Identifying the importance and principles of relationship-centred care
  • Compassionate communication skills
  • A partnership in care: Empathy and shared decision making
  • Considerations for bereavement and loss support

Meet the Presenter....

Dr Susie Dawson

DCounsPsych, PhD, CPsychol

Dr Susie Dawson is an HCPC Registered Counselling Psychologist and Chartered Psychologist with The British Psychological Society. Susie works with the NHS in a consultancy role within a Complex Safeguarding Team and also has a private practice. Susie has two doctorates (DCounsPsych; PhD); her Professional Doctoral Research (2015) investigated veterinary surgeons’ experiences of depression.

In Susie’s research PhD (2007) she investigated caregivers’ lived experiences of companion animal euthanasia and identified the concept of responsibility grief. Susie has presented her research findings at conferences internationally (Canada, Japan & Vienna) and to BVNA, BEVA and BSAVA. Susie has developed and delivered training programmes for veterinary surgeons and nurses, including being a touring guest speaker for Hills Pet Nutrition. Susie has two master’s degrees; in addition to Susie’s first degree she also has PGCE and is a qualified teacher. Susie is trained in advanced skills in compassion focused therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Skills.

Susie has a particular interest in neurodiversity, trauma sensitive mindfulness and compassion-focused approaches to self-care. Before becoming a psychologist Susie worked with a number of animal welfare charities including, The Blue Cross, The RSPCA and RSPCA International in post war Bosnia.

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The content of the Mini Series will help me very much in my work in practice. The increased awareness I have now of the human animal bond in assistance dogs and emotional support dogs is really useful.

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12 months access to recordings and course materials is included

Please note that these are webinar recordings and not live events. Full details on how to access the Mini Series will be emailed to you.


Take advantage of the easy Online Mini Series™ format and understand the relationship between your owners and their assistance animals.

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Price includes...

  • All 3 sessions
  • Notes and quiz (8 hours CPD)
  • PLUS unlimited access to recordings and all course materials for 12 months!
  • No traffic jams or accommodation hassles
  • No child or pet care to arrange
  • No rota clashes to worry about and no locum cover needed

Just great CPD and a valuable ongoing resource


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Very thorough and comprehensive courses. The course notes are a great addition too.

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