The CIAP Annual Conference was a resounding success. There was over a 50% increase in attendance. The reviews of the workshops were very positive and complimentary about the selection of workshop topics as well as the presentation themselves. Yvonne Eaton-Stull, Allegheny College , (pictured right) started the conference discussing the many facets of Animal Assisted Crisis Response and its benefits on the Virginia Tech campus. Her keynote address and workshop presentation were well received with comments such as "awesome, awesome speaker", "Very interesting" and "this is an area of untapped resources". She was able to maintain the audience attention throughout her address.
This momentum was carried foward to the keynote by Dr Rabin, UPMC , on the second day. He focused attention on the "Effects of Stress on the Crisis Worker" His keynote and presentation garnered such comments as "Excellent instructor", "Wonderful keynote" and "Bring this speaker back".
The positive feedback on the workshops is very encouraging and a good indication that the conference was of great benefit for those attending. Some of the feedback included "Excellent Training - thinking about the basics was surprisingly challenging" [on "How to stay safe in the Midst of Mayhem]. Another comment was "sat through many suicide prevention seminars - (but) this was excellent" [on "Suicide Prevention"]. Many other very complimentary comments were received, too numerous to cite here.
As always the Networking Reception sponsored by Clarion Psychiatric Center , The Meadows Psychiatric Center and Roxbury Treatment Center , was a very integral part of the conference with over 90 people attending the reception. Many thanks again go to Kingfish (pictured on the left with Vice-President, Patrick Morrison) for providing the dancing tunes for the evening.
The CIAP Annual Meeting was held before the reception and more information about the meeting may be found on the Home Page .
Many thanks go to Carlow University ; The Education Health Services and Outcomes Research Division, Department of Psychiatry, Penn State College of Medicine ; and Mercy Behavioral Health for co-sponsoring the conference with CIAP. The conference also could not have happened without the tireless efforts of the CIAP Conference Planning Committee.
The 2009 CIAP Conference is already scheduled for next year so we will see you then.