In this course, you will observe AAT and learn how to incorporate it with a variety of Counseling Theoretical Orientations. You will learn how to apply AAT with your clients who may have attachment issues or other psychological concerns. You will also identify when structured or unstructured interventions may be beneficial for clients. Many examples of the benefits of incorporating animals as co-therapists, including enhancing the therapeutic alliance will be provided.
This is a non-interactive, self-study course.
Textbooks are required to complete AAT-I learning content. Reading material is not included with course enrollment and must be purchased separately from retail booksellers. (See "Requirements" tab for specifics.)
1. Forum Posts: You will be required to make some forum posts for the course.
2. You will be required to complete writing assignments with the required reading in order to demonstrate understanding of the material.
3. The following required reading material is NOT provided to you with the purchase of the course.
- Fine, A.H. (2010). Animal Assisted Therapy: Theoretical Foundations and Guidelines for Practice-Fourth Edition. London, UK.
- Parish-Plass, N. (2013). Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy Theory, Issues and Practice. Purdue University.
- Brisch, K.H. ( 2011) Treating Attachment Disorders From Theory to Therapy. Second Edition. The Guilford Press, New York, NY.
- Levinson, B.M. and Mallon, G.P. (1997). Pet-Oriented Child Psychotherapy. Charles C Thomas Publishing, Springfield, IL.
This reading material can be purchased on www.amazon.com (Just type in title and/or author of the book)
- Describe how the therapeutic alliance is enhanced with an animal Co-therapist.
- Explain attachment theory and how an animal as a co-therapist can provide a corrective attachment experience for your clients.
- Explain the process of how to match AAI’s with a variety of Counseling theories.
- Explain how you would incorporate AAI’s with your theoretical orientation.
- Describe how to assess the suitability and amenability of each client to animal-assisted interventions in counseling.
- Explain the different means by which the human-animal interaction can elicit unexpected vulnerability and disclosures in others.
- Describe how to demonstrate respect for the attitudes of others, particularly those concerned with the animal’s presence in a counseling session.
- List potential safety issues related to AAIs in AATC.
- Identify evidence-based research linking AAIs with counseling theories in the AAT field.
- Describe specific examples of evidence-based research in the AAT field that supports the population with which you choose to work.
- Identify multicultural considerations when matching AAIs with counseling theories for the population with which you choose to work.
This course is Course 5 of the AAT-I Program.
From the time of registration, you have six months to access the coursework.
Credit Hours: This course offers 11 credit hours
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This is a non-interactive, self-study course.
To receive your certificate of completion you must complete the course in its entirety.
To complete an Online Self Study Course, one must register, log in, select the My Courses option from the menu items, click the Course Title, complete all of the requirements, complete and pass the post-test(s), and complete the course evaluation.
Psychologists and other professionals seeking CE credit through our approval with the American Psychological Association are asked, but not required, to complete the course evaluation before obtaining their certificate of completion, however passing a post-test for online self-study courses, and submitting one's attendance for live on-site and live webinars is required.
You can download or print your certificate of completion by logging into your account, navigating to the course by selecting the My Courses option from the menu items, clicking the Course Title, scrolling to the Certificate of Completion section, and clicking on the Certificate of Completion link to either download it or print it.
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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
This is a non-interactive self-study course. Teaching methods for the course include recorded lectures, videos, text readings, assignments, and online discussion.