In this course you will learn how to write a treatment plan with client specific goals and objectives utilizing AAT. You be exposed to various tools to measure AAT-based outcomes with your clients. You will be provided an AAT related template forms for intake sessions that are face to face or online. Your final project will assist you in combining all of your learning throughout the AAT credential program with a population of your choice.
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.)
- Explain how to write a treatment plan with goals and objectives utilizing AAT
- Describe various AAIs that relate to building empathy with clients
- Describe various AAIs that relate to developing emotional regulation skills with clients
- Describe various AAIs that relate to creating a corrective attachment experience for clients
- Describe various AAIs that relate to developing client self-esteem
- Describe various AAIs that relate to working with anxious clients
- Describe various AAIs that relate to working with depressed clients
- Describe various AAIs that relate to working with clients who have ADHD
- Explain the importance of using outcome measures in AAT
- Identify the different types of outcome measures that can be used to measure the effectiveness of AAT interventions
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.
- 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)
4. The final project requires you to create a presentation (using PowerPoint or an equivalent presentation software) to communicate your cumulative learning within the program. The details of this project are explained in the course.
- Define key elements that factor into the effective matching of AAIs with clients’ needs/goals
- Explain how AAT can increase empathy in clients
- Explain how AAI’s can be utilized in the Educational Setting with ADHD, Conduct Disorder, and Test Anxiety
- Explain how AAT can be utilized with clients who have experienced Trauma/PTSD
- Identify how AAT can be utilized in a crisis setting, including examples of specific crisis animal-assisted interventions
- Explain how AAT can be intentionally utilized with Clients on the Autism Spectrum
- Explain how AAT benefits clients experiencing Grief/Loss
- Explain how AAI’s can be utilized in the Correctional Setting
- Identify types of AAI’s beneficial for clients with Substance Abuse issues
- Explain how AAT can benefit the Aging Population
- Explain how AAT can be beneficial in a Medical setting
- Identify how AAT can be incorporated into a Speech and Language therapy setting
- Describe how AAT can be incorporate into a Physical and Occupation therapy setting
- List specific health considerations that must be factored into client interaction with animals in a medical setting
- Describe different ways AAT can be incorporated into a group counseling setting
- Explain the “inner Zoo” and how to have animals as co-therapists in Group Settings.
- Describe how to secure training for Distance Counseling and how to have Animals as Co-therapists in Distance Counseling (Telementalhealth).
This course is Course 7 (of 8) of the AAT-I Program.
From the time of registration, you have six months to access the coursework.
Credit Hours: This course offers 10 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.
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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
Teaching methods for the course include recorded lectures, videos, text readings, assignments, and online discussion.