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Animal Care Worker Support Group 

2021 Animal Care Worker Support Group Flyer

Animal Care Worker Support Group Info

Are you an animal care worker looking for extra support ? Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado is hosting a virtual support group for all Animal Care Workers on Wednesdays at 6pm-7pm MST with clinicians present to facilitate with specific animal care worker experiences and training. To join, please fill out our Confidentiality Statement here and refer to our Group Guidelines found here . After you have signed, please message Anna Miller at amiller@aatpc.org for the recurring Zoom link! You are welcome to attend at whichever frequency you wish, for however long you are able to attend if done respectfully to other members. 

 

How the virtual groups work:

  • Register and sign the confidentiality statement
  • AATPC’s Animal Care Worker 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 amiller@aatpc.org
  • 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 three 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

Virtual Pet Loss Support Group

Virtual Pet Loss Support Group

Fridays 12-1pm via Zoom.

Registration Required.

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.

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

Our Nurse Practitioner is currently taking new clients for medication management. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with the NP while you wait to be assigned to a therapist please email us at NPinfo@aatpc.org 

For clients needing to be assessed and supported with psychiatric medications, we have a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Allie Thysens, MSN, PMHNP-BC. Allie will complete a full assessment and then have follow-up appointments with AATPC clients via telehealth. Allie currently sees patients on Mondays. All patients being treated by Allie will need to be attending regular counseling at AATPC. 

Meet Allie

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Allie Thysens is a board-certified, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with full prescriptive authority. She is dedicated to providing compassionate, comprehensive, and evidence-based care through comprehensive methodology when treating patients and families. Allie specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents and young adults.

Allie believes that best practice includes working together with patients and all members of their healthcare team to create valuable support and treatment plans for issues surrounding depression, anxiety, emotional disturbances, trauma, behavioral issues, troubled thought patterns, mood lability, difficult life transitions and sleep disruptions.

Because Allie specializes in children, adolescents and young adults, she believes in being a conservative prescriber, and only prescribing the medication necessary to treat presenting issues safely and effectively. She values seeing each individual in their unique way while creating a treatment plan that is customized and personalized.

Prior to transitioning to private practice, Allie worked at Children's Hospital in Colorado, working in the Psychiatric Inpatient Unit, Psychiatric Day Treatment Program, Psychiatric Outpatient Program and the Inpatient/Partial Eating Disorder Program. In addition, she has worked at Denver Health, The Eating Recovery Center and with Centura Health. She currently is seeing patients in private practice and in Community Mental Health in Boulder County.

In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, playing tennis, thrift shopping and being the proud mama to her orange tabby, Byrdie, who she adopted in 2019.

Focus Areas:
Integrating medication, therapy and supportive lifestyle changes to enhance well-being for the following areas:

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder 

Self Pay (Out of Pocket) Price per Session:

  • Allie- Nurse Practitioner- for the eval appointment is $350. Follow-ups are $125. 

    For a Licensed Therapist- all sessions are $140

  • For a Masters Level Intern- all sessions are $100. 

  • low fee scholarship program available for incomes under $40,000/year

We are in-network providers with:

    • UMR/United Health Care

    • Victim's Compensation Jefferson County

    • Tricare West Region

    Medicaid:

    • Colorado Access/ Denver Health Medicaid Choice

    • CCHA Colorado Community Health Alliance

    • Beacon Medicaid

    • Rocky Mountain Health Plans Medicaid

    • CHP+ HMO Colorado Access 

Out of Network Information:

Currently, we are out of network with most bigger insurance companies, you might have the option to seek out-of-network reimbursement. Using out-of-network benefits means that you pay for your therapy up front, either you or us, can bill your insurance company for potential reimbursement. If you have questions about your out-of-network benefits, please contact your member services insurance company directly. (Number is on back of most insurance cards) 

For out-of-network billing starting in 2022, upon request AATPC will provide a “superbill” to clients or guardians reflecting payment of services. You can also access any superbill through the client portal at any time. This superbill is provided for clients who wish to submit it to their out-of-network insurance company for possible reimbursement. The “superbill” contains all necessary diagnosis and treatment codes required by insurance companies.

 

As a service to our community we are pleased to be able to offer Scholarships to individuals and families in need. Your counseling is being paid for with the assistance of individuals who have donated money for your benefit. In order to continue to provide this service we must reserve this program for those truly in need of assistance. (If your annual income is above $40,000 a year we request that you seek services through our other programs.)

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To apply for this program we ask that you complete the following information. Once you have completed and submitted your application, you will be contacted by our Director for a phone interview to determine your eligibility and fees. All clients, regardless of income, are required to contribute financially to their treatment. This fee will be based on a sliding scale and on your income and family size. All scholarship recipients are required to sign a treatment contract and agree to attend all scheduled sessions as determined in the first appointment.

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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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