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Animal Assisted Interventions is a beneficial way for you to explore the animal assisted activities designed for young children at school,  older adults in assisted-living, veterans recovering from PTSD, and more.

Animal Assisted INTERVENTIONS Certificate

This 3-course certificate program provides specialized training and supervised practice in the discipline of Animal Assisted Interventions that includes Animal Assisted Activities, Animal Assisted Therapy and Animal Assisted Education. The curriculum is aligned with the Animal Assisted Intervention International Standards of Practice (Winkle, Dickson & Simpson, 2019).


  • Mix of distance learning, hybrid, and multi-day intensives
  • Community-based site visit
  • 9 credit hours (135 clock hours / 13.5 CEUs)


  • Provides specialized training in Animal Assisted Interventions 
    • Ethics of practice
    • Animal & human welfare
    • Evidence-based foundations of practice
    • Specialized populations and animal species applications
    • Benefits of the human-animal bond in healthcare
    • Experiential learning through practice
    • Supervised AAT-C practice in courses 102 and 103
    • ACA recommended competencies for ethical practice of AAT-C


  • Licensed, license-eligible, registered interns, and provisionally licensed mental health professionals
    • Psychologists
    • Clinical Mental Health Counselors
    • Clinical Social Workers
    • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Credentialed/Certified school counseling professionals
  • Life & Professional Coaches with a master’s degree in a human service or education field and national accreditation certification with either the International Coach Federation (ICF) or the National Board of Certified Counselors Board Certified Coach (BCC).