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Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling is a beneficial way for counselors to treat patients – from young children at school, to older adults in assisted-living, to veterans recovering from PTSD.

Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling Certificate

This 3-course certificate program provides specialized training and supervised practice in the discipline of Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling and is in alignment with meets the American Counseling Association, Center for Counseling Practice, Policy and Research Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling Competencies (Stewart, Change, Parker & Grubbs, 2017).

CONTENT STRUCTURE

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

PROGRAM BENEFITS

  • Provides specialized training in Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling 
    • 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
 
 
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WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • 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 counselorsing 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).

*Course 101 is open to anyone interested in Animal Assisted Interventions, including Vising Animal Assisted Activities/Animal Assisted Therapy or any other application of the inclusion of the human-animal bond in healing or helping roles. Courses 102 and 103 are limited to licensed, licensed-eligible, registered interns, and provisionally licensed mental health professionals.