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Virtual Pet Loss Support Group

AATPC’s Virtual Pet Loss Support Group provides a safe place for those who have lost a pet or anticipate losing a pet to grow, support, heal, and learn from one another. These groups not only have helped many who are touched by the human-animal bond, but also have served as a springboard from which lasting, supportive friendships have grown.

Our groups are facilitated by licensed mental health professionals and master’s level internship students. The facilitators are there to keep the conversation safe and inclusive. AATPC’s Virtual Pet Loss Support Group varies in size because it is drop-in, but usually consists of around 5-20 people depending on the day. You will not be forced to participate during the groups, but we hope you will feel AATPC is a safe place to share your thoughts and feelings. Groups are accessible to all. This is not group therapy, but rather a place to get support and build community.

This group is currently offered virtually. AATPC will begin to add more in-person services in coming months. If you choose to attend in-person services, please note that face masks are required, even outdoors and even if you are vaccinated. Please practice social distancing and remain home if you are feeling unwell. 

You must be at least 18 years old to attend this support group. Individuals under 18 are encouraged to call us, or to reach out to us about speaking at their schools.  Sign up for our newsletters to get informed about future workshops, groups, and happenings around the ranch.

 

GROUP STARTS ON TUESDAY, JULY 20 6-7:30PM

Registration is required and a signed confidentiality agreement is required at registration. 

Click here to review the confidentiality agreement.

Click here to review the group guidelines.

 

Ready to register?

 

How the virtual groups work:

  • Register and sign the confidentiality statement
  • AATPC’s Virtual Pet Loss Support Group has open enrollment, meaning you can join the group whenever is convenient for you.
  • We’ll send you a link to the Zoom group. This link will not change, so star or save it in your inbox.
  • The chat function will be disabled and group members will only be able to message the group facilitator directly. Group members will be unable to send private chat messages to each other.
  • Audio/Video chat with your facilitator and other group members
  • The facilitator will lock the group 15 minutes in so that no one else can join the group
  • Participate from a computer anywhere
  • You can even participate from a smartphone using the Zoom app
  • Please make sure you are joining us from a quiet, confidential space

Please note that the confidentiality form is required for all participants.

For confidentiality reasons, we do not allow observers to participate in our support groups. However, we do find education to be of high importance and would happily set up a time to chat with you over the phone about how we run our groups and the services we provide.

 

Virtual Support Frequently Asked Questions  

  • I’m not from Colorado. Can I still participate? Of course! Our members come from all over the world.
  • Can I log on to a meeting without a computer? Yes, you can log into meetings on your cell phone, or by a landline by calling.
  • Does Zoom cost anything? No, Zoom is FREE
  • What happened to the other groups? Most of our services were moved to a virtual format or cancelled due to COVID-19.  Please also keep an eye on our calendar and website as we begin to add more in-person services. Sign up for our newsletter here. 
  • Who will my facilitator be? All of AATPC’s groups are facilitated by licensed mental health professionals and/or master’s level internship students. Visit our team page here to read more about our staff.
  • Zoom says the group is locked. What do I do? There may be a few reasons you’re getting this message. 1) You’re trying to enter the group too late 2) You haven’t adjusted for time zone differences 3) Group is full.
  • I can’t log in, what do I do? For technical support, e-mail epeterson@aatpc.org or call 720-266-4444 x38
  • I can’t join a group, but I still need support. What do I do? If you are under 18 or are otherwise unable to join a group, please contact Lexie Baca at lbaca@aatpc.org or call 720-266-4444 x0 to get on the waiting list to see a counselor. We are currently operating at a two month waiting list for new clients.
  • Is AATPC open? We're excited to announce that we are finally reopening to clients at the ranch at a limited capacity! As of now, we are partially open as per Colorado state guidelines and CDC recommendations

Barking C.A.A.T. Ranch
(Center for Animal Assisted Therapy)
7275 Kipling Street
Arvada, CO 80005
P 720-266-4444
F 720-266-4444
info@aatpc.org

 
 
 
 
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