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AAT-I Intensive, Live In-Person, Jarvisburg, NC, March 24-26, 2023, 8:30AM-5:30PM EST Each Day

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$1,600.00 each


North Carolina
Jarvisburg, NC
Live In-Person


In this experiential course at a therapy Farm, you will interact with AAT Instructors and various Farm Animals/Therapy Animals to learn about Animal Assisted Therapy and various Animal Assisted Interventions.  Your Instructors will provide you with some of the foundational principles of Animal Assisted Therapy through presentations and handouts. In addition, your instructors will demonstrate Animal Assisted Interventions with various farm animals.  You will then have an opportunity to practice and apply your knowledge in a live setting with the farm animals, receiving feedback and processing the experience. You will also have the opportunity to network with other professionals as you complete team-based case study activities. Our experiential intensives provide valuable tools to utilize as part of your training to become an Animal Assisted Therapy Interventionist (AAT-I). The farm setting provides an opportunity to learn AAT in a relaxed and natural setting. 


You are responsible for your own transportation and accommodations. 

Lunch, snacks and water are provided during training.


Day One:

8AM – 8:30AM - Icebreaker Activity: Introduction/Animal we hope to work with as Co-Therapist

8:30-9:30 AM - An overview of the AAT field, Definition, History, Human Animal Bond, Biophilia Hypothesis

9:30AM-9:40AM - Break

9:40AM-10:30AM - Best Practices in Video and Not So Best Practices (Video of AAT in Counseling sessions) / Discussion of Video Q & A

10:30-11:00AM - Additional Training needed (Telemental Health, Pet Partners, Eagala, P.A.T.H.)

11:00-12:00PM - Student Presentations with Feedback Q & A

12:00-1:00PM - Lunch

1:00-2:00PM - Breakout Groups-Mindful Observing with Journal Worksheet (No talking while observing animals around the farm-noting processes/activity and emotions/cognitions that arise)

2:00-3:00PM - Discussion of Mindful Observation of Animals Journal Worksheet, Self-Care and How Animals as Co-therapists assist with Compassion Fatigue

3:00-4:00PM - Presentations by Students

4:00-5:00PM - Summary of Day’s Activities

Day Two

8:00-9:00AM - How to select the appropriate therapy animal and discussion of student’s choice of animal/animals / Animal Welfare / Animal Stress signals

9:00-9:30AM - Presentations by students

9:30-9:40AM - Break

9:40-12:00PM - Presentations by Students with feedback and Q & A

12:00-1:00PM - Lunch

1:00-3:00PM - Positive Training Lecture / Client Safety Discussion and Handling of Animal at Intake /  Ethics/Multicultural Considerations

3:00-4:00PM - Student Presentations

4:00-5:00PM - Breakout Groups / Team Building Activity with Goats/Pony / Discussion/Summary of Day

Day Three

8:00-9:30AM - Animal Assisted Interventions with various populations (Trauma/PTSD, Educational Setting, ADHD, Conduct Disorder, Autism, Grief/Loss, Depression, Self-Harm, Play Therapy, Couples, Anxiety/Panic, Bilateral Stimulation, Substance Abuse, (Power Point/Videos/Lecture/Guest Speakers)

9:30-9:40AM - Break

9:40-11:00AM - Final Student Presentations with feedback and Q & A

11:00-11:30AM - Breakout Groups-Select Practice Intervention with Animals (Role Play)

11:30-12:00PM - Discussion of Role Play and AAI selected and interaction with animal/animals

12:00-1:00PM - Lunch

1:00-3:00PM - Guest Speakers (Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy) / Equine Intervention Demonstration / Discussion

4:00-5:00PM - Final Q&A / Summarization / Certificates / Discussion of further trainings available

Learning Objectives

  • Identify your history and present experiences with animals, the emotions/cognitions that surface related to your history/present experience with animals and how this relates to your professional journey to become an Animal-Assisted Therapist in Counseling.
  • Explain the Human-Animal Bond, the history of AAT, and the biophilia hypothesis in connection with AAT.
  • Discuss the AAT-C competencies, ethics, and laws pertaining to the practice of AAT and the selection of your animal co-therapist.
  • Describe key elements of the client, animal, co-therapist relationship and important multicultural considerations in AAT.
  • Identify and understand various species of animals and their potential limitations in the practice of AAT, as well as the importance of animal training and animal advocacy in the practice of AAT.
  • Describe the differentiation between Emotional Support Animals, Therapy Animals, and Service Animals.
  • Identify the characteristics of breeds/animals you select as your co-therapist, their needs/stress signals, and how the animal best learns.
  • Explain the topic of Zoonosis and its relevance to the practice of AAT.
  • Report knowledge of how to effectively work as a team with a therapy animal, including training, socialization, and desensitization to the environment in which you will practice AAT.
  • Explain the evolution of Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) and the differences between EFP, Therapeutic Riding, and Hippotherapy, as well as the training needed to practice EFP.
  • List the reasons horses are suitable for therapy and discuss evidence-based research in the EFP field.
  • Define the role of the mental health professional in EFP and any safety concerns the professional needs to be aware of in the practice of EFP.
  • Explain how to match AAI’s with a variety of Counseling Theories, which can be incorporated with your theoretical orientation, and evidence-based research outcomes in the AAT field.
  • Explain how AAI’s and AAT can be utilized across a variety of settings, populations, and diagnoses including, but not limited to, ADHD, Conduct Disorder, Trauma/PTSD, autism spectrum, grief/loss, substance use, depression, and anxiety.
  • Explain how to secure training for Distance Counseling and how to have Animals as Co-therapists in Telementalhealth.


This live intensive course will be held at Mane and Taill (117 Buster Newbern Rd, Jarvisburg, NC) a non-profit therapeutic riding facility on a farm with a variety of animals including goats, a pig, a mini pony and a herd of therapy horses!

Jarvisburg is 30 minutes from the beaches of the Outer Banks with many outstanding restaurants, local historical sites, outlet shops and more from Corolla to South Nags Head.

Chesapeake has a variety of restaurants and shopping malls.

We hope you view this as an opportunity for an opportunity to visit our wonderful coast!

You are responsible for arranging your own transportation and accommodations. 

Closest Airport: Norfolk International Airport in Virginia

Accommodation Options:

From the airport, you can choose to stay in Chesapeake, Virginia or on the Outer Banks of NC (Kitty Hawk, NC is closest town to farm but Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head are neighboring towns too).

Distance from Chesapeake to Mane and Taill -1 hr.

Distance from Kitty Hawk to Mane and Taill -30 m. (However, on Saturday traffic can be heavy due to vacationers leaving the OBX, it is recommended you allow extra time for travel)

Hotels in Chesapeake, VA

Hyatt Place Chesapeake/Greenbrier-757-312-0020

Hilton Garden Inn/Chesapeake/Greenbrier-757-420-2515

Hotels in Kitty Hawk, NC 

Hilton Garden Inn/Kitty Hawk-252-261-1290

Baymont by Wyndham/Kitty Hawk-252-564-7341


Some options for transportation are renting a car at the airport, taxi, Uber, and Lyft.

CE Hours

This course consists of 21 contact hours.

Counselors: Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No, 6693.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0048. Approval renewal date: 1/31/2023

Marriage and Family Therapists: Many MFT licensing boards accept our courses or one of the approvals which we have from professional associations.  You can check with your board to determine if this course would be accepted by your licensing board.

Social Workers: Telehealth Certification Institute LLC, #1609, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Telehealth Certification Institute LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 05/02/2021 – 05/02/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 21 clinical continuing education credits.

Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0435. Approval renewal date: 2/28/2023

Addiction Professionals: Telehealth Certification Institute is an approved provider of continuing education by NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, provider #193104. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

Psychologists: Telehealth Certification Institute LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Telehealth Certification Institute LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0128. Effective 8/31/2021 – 8/31/2024

Art Therapists: Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists #CAT-0093. 7/21/2021 – 7/31/2024

Other Professionals: This course qualifies for 1260 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations.  Retain your certificate of completion and contact your board or organization for specific filing requirements


Dr. Christina Strayer, Ed.D, LCMHC, AAT-I, CCTP, THTC, CYT-200

You can view the instructors’ full profiles by clicking here.

How to obtain the AAT-I Credential

Hold an approved license or certification. Click here to view the full list of approved clinician types.

Complete the entire AAT-I program, which includes the following 8 courses:

  • The History of ATT and ATT Principles, 4 CE hours
  • AAT Competencies and Multicultural Considerations, 7 CE hours
  • Animals as Co-Therapists: Selection, Behavioral, and Training Considerations, 2 CE hours
  • Introduction to Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, 13 CE hours
  • Animals as Co-Therapists: Blending Animal Interventions with a Range of Professional Theoretical Orientations, 11 CE hours
  • Animals as Co-Therapists: Exploring Animal Assisted Interventions Across Professions, Settings, and Populations, 17 CE hours
  • Developing Treatment Plans and Tracking Outcomes, 10 CE hours
  • Weekend Intensive (Onsite in NC), 21 CE Hours

Course Policies

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

Click here to view our Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities.

This course includes closed captioning.

Cancellation Policy

 Refunds are only allowed prior to the date of the live event/course.  There is a 10% service fee for refunds.

Grievance Policy

Click here to view our Grievance Policy. 

Attendance Policy

Full attendance and completion of any course is required for you to be awarded CE hours for a course.


We reserve the right to change the location and date of a live course if it does not have at least 15 registrants.  If the location or date of a live course has to be changed due to the course not having enough registrants, you will be notified by email, and will have the option to be moved to the new location and/or date or to receive a refund.  If the live event was purchased as a bundle, you will only receive the dollar amount pertaining to the live course that was changed.

Who should attend

This course is only intended for professionals with a license or certification in their respective profession.  You can view the professional types that qualify to receive the Animal Assisted Therapy Interventionist Credential (AAT-I) by clicking here.

Teaching methods

Teaching methods for the AAT-I live intensive course includes lectures and activities.

List of the comments:
Cheryl Rubenstein
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2022-09-23 14:25
Could I attend this is I have taken only the live online courses Dr. Strayer provided Sept 23 and 24, but none of the others yet, then take the rest of the classes online at a later date. It might even need to be a year later for me to be able to use the CE's to renew my license.
TCI Support Team
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2022-09-27 14:43
Hi Cheryl Rubenstein -
There are no pre-requisites for attending the AAT-I Live Intensive, meaning that you do not have to have completed any/all of the previous courses before the Intensive.
In order to earn the AAT-I credential, you do have to complete each of the 7 courses in addition to the Live Intensive.
~TCI Support team
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