Dr. Steve Berk has worked as a Psychologist since 1972, specializing in providing diagnostic, therapeutic
and consultative services to children and families. He has a longstanding interest in working with individuals
with cognitive disorders (e.g. learning disabilities, ADHD, NLD, traumatic head injury) and in developing
modifications of psychotherapeutic techniques which can be more effectively used with “difficult to treat”
In addition to his clinical practice, he trains and consults nationally through Community Program Innovations,
discussing various topics and issues concerning clinical and educational work with special needs children.
His vita can be seen here.
Over the past 30 years, Dr. Berk has also, when indicated, recruited the assistance of therapy dogs in his work.
“Linc” is the third therapy dog who has contributed to these efforts. One of the aims of this website is to
provide a forum for discussing the rationale, benefits and limitations of “animal assisted therapy.”
While the use of therapy dogs in out-patient work appears to be increasing, there is a paucity of new
literature covering research, rationale and clinical anecdotes in this area. It also appears that some
mental health professionals are hesitant to share their experiences using assistance animals, perhaps
feeling that the use of therapy dogs (or other companion animals) is viewed by others as “less than”
acceptable in clinical practice.
By sharing his own positive and negative experiences on this website, Dr. Berk hopes to cultivate vigorous
discussion of this important topic.
Please feel free to e-mail Dr. Berk at firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts, ideas and experiences.
He would be glad to respond and, with permission, post them on the website.
· Clinical and Educational Work With Children and Adolescents
· “Linc’s” links