What does it involve?
- Practical application of the distance education information provided in the courses in Animal Assisted Interventions.
- Taking part in activities and exercises with animals designed to help people with a variety of life issues. These activities will address the learning needs of each certifying professional.
- Hands-on application of animal assisted interventions to provide a complete understanding of the processes involved in this therapeutic medium.
- An understanding of how to effectively help people of all ages who are experiencing mental health diagnoses, difficult life issues and / or hard-to manage behavior, and who may be hard to engage while interacting with animals in a natural setting.
- An understanding of the impact of equine facilitated methods and 8 other species of animals in animal-assisted practices.
- An understanding of how animals in the helping professions can help people understand themselves, problem solve effectively, learn healthy communication skills and set and reach their goals.
- A new perspective on how you affect and deal with your world.
- An understanding of how animals and nature can help to treat youth at risk, autism (PDD), depression, schizophrenia, fetal alcohol disorders (FAS / FAE), addictions, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), brain injury, past sexual abuse or exploitation issues, low self-esteem and confidence issues, attention deficit disorders (ADD / ADHD), Tourette’s syndrome, socially inappropriate behaviors, oppositional defiance disorder (ODD), verbal and physical aggression, complex mental health issues and much more.
- Learn the value of functional assessments through observations of people with animals.
- Understand how individual program plans can be designed with animal interactions to meet participants’ needs.
- Realize the importance of boundaries in life and become skilled in setting and maintaining them safely and humanely.
- Appreciate the dramatic effects of non-verbal language and the importance of reading and understanding those of the animals we are working with as well as those of the people we are helping.
- Understand your scope of practice and develop a concise plan for your next steps in development.
- Thoroughly explore the ethics of working with animals in professional practice.