Animal Assisted Therapy
   with Therapy Dogs Bolt, Ace, and Flash

Presented by Rehab Connections   


This new virtual workshop provides an overview of Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) with the help of our Therapy Dogs! Learn how AAT can be incorporated into a variety of rehab settings.

This workshop combines lecture and lots of virtual live demonstration including examples of training Therapy Dogs for staff as handlers, patient interaction, and much more! Plus now that we are virtual, your dog can participate also!

Instruction level: Basic
CE contact hours 4.0 (IL) *** Duration: 3.3 hours
Intended audience: PTs, PTAs, OTs, OTAs, LMTs, SLPs, CTRSs



By the completion of this workshop you will be able to correctly:

  1. Differentiate between Animal Assisted Therapy and Animal Assisted Activities.
  2. Develop therapeutic exercises and therapeutic activities incorporating a Therapy Dog.
  3. Discuss key aspects to successfully train a dog for AAT.
  4. Identify potential opportunities for Therapy Dogs.

IMPORTANT! 2-3 days prior to the CE event, you will receive your CE materials and Zoom registration link by email. This gives you the opportunity to preview, download or print, save, and refer back to the information at any time. If you do not receive your CE material please contact us before the day of the course or workshop.


Sheryl Poremba, PT, CCM
Sheryl focuses on the practical, most direct treatments for her patients to see immediate results.  Her exceptional clinical experience and teaching background enables her to actively involve her patients in their treatment program.  Sheryl has used several key tools/props extensively in acute care, home health, and outpatient settings, including a variety of foam rolls, the Magic Circle, yoga blocks, straps, and STM tools.  She has introduced them to hundreds of clinicians during the last 30 years to help them individualize treatment with every patient.

With a strong foundation in PNF from Northwestern University (PT school) and the Institute of Physical Art, Sheryl has added the Pilates Method and principles of Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons to her rehab, exercise, and movement repertoire.  She has also been incorporating  ... 

Ace and Bolt
Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) helps patients with pain, weakness, high blood pressure, balance problems, decreased attention span, difficulty walking, and other problems. Many patients and their family members tell us it helps them just to visit the Therapy Dogs.

Ace and Bolt are involved in therapy sessions in many ways and their special talents include hugs, quiet comfort, and boisterous greetings. They can provide assistance or resistance for strengthening and balance training. They participate in therapeutic activities that help posture, endurance, and breathing. They often teach US what they can do in physical therapy!
Ace and Bolt joined our team at Rehab Connections physical therapy as 8 week old puppies. They work at our Homer Glen clinic 3 days a week.

Learn more about Animal Assisted Therapy in our virtual workshop!"


Rehab Connections
Education and Training Center
Homer Glen, IL 60491
Phone: (708) 301-9933

Registration: 8:00 am - 8:30 am
Workshop: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Click on date to register.

Tuition: $108 per attendee

August 17

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After the event and when your Evaluation has been completed you will receive an email containing your Certificate of Attendance indicating the CE contact hours completed.  If you are unable to attend the entire course or workshop, you will receive an amended certificate indicating your actual hours of attendance.

Seating is limited. Please register early!
Registrations are accepted by phone if paying by credit card. For more information about the continuing education offered by Rehab Connections please call (708) 301-9933.

Rehab Connections reserves the right to modify the content and the scheduled speakers when circumstances are beyond our control.

Rehab Connections is an approved continuing education sponsor through the State of Illinois; PT License No: 216-000101; OT License No: 224-000048.

Registration fee, less a $50 administration fee per session, is refunded if notice of cancellation is received more than 7 days in advance of the course or workshop. Cancellations made less than 7 days in advance of the course or workshop date forfeit the entire tuition fee. Tuition can be transferred to another individual or another course or workshop, one time only. No transfer, refund or credit will be given for cancellation 3 days or less before the workshop or course, or when handouts or other CE materials are available electronically, including but not limited to emailed or downloadable pdf documents.
Rehab Connections reserves the right to cancel the course or workshop up to 3 days prior to the CE event. Rehab Connections will not be responsible for any charges incurred by the registrant due to the cancellation of the CE event, other than the course or workshop tuition.

No transfer, refund or credit will be given for any discounted course or workshop, such as specials, deals, introductory price, group discounts, etc.

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