Explore the strength of the human-animal bond

This certificate harnesses the strength of the human-animal bond to create a positive therapeutic environment for clients. A wide variety of disciplines may incorporate AAT into their professional practice - occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, therapeutic recreation specialists, nurses, social workers, behavioral health professionals and educators.

CEUs

9.6/96 contact hours

Professions
  • OT or PT
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Social Work, and more!
Modality

This certificate is available online with one face-to-face weekend.

Program Overview

The Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) Certificate is offered to professionals currently practicing in a field that would lend itself to the incorporation of animals to assist clients in reaching their identified goals. Concepts covered in this certificate can also be applied to an educational setting. 

AAT is defined as goal-oriented, planned, structured, and documented therapeutic interventions directed by health and human service providers as part of their profession. It harnesses the strength of the human-animal bond to create a positive therapeutic environment for clients. A wide variety of disciplines may incorporate AAT into their professional practice - occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, therapeutic recreation specialists, nurses, social workers, behavioral health professionals and educators. A minimum of one year of experience in professional practice is preferred for participation in the certificate program. 

To learn more, please view this video from our Program Director, Lois Harrison. 

What to Expect
Outcomes 

This certificate will prepare participants to provide evidence-based AAT following standards of best practice. Participants will gain specialized knowledge and skills that will allow them to plan and carry out safe and effective animal assisted interventions. In addition, participants will gain the knowledge necessary to develop an AAT program in their professional practice settings by completing a capstone project related to their area of AAT practice.