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Exploring Animal-Assisted Interventions

By Eileen Bona

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  1. Practical application of the distance education information provided in the courses in Animal Assisted Interventions.
  2. 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.
  3. Hands-on application of animal assisted interventions to provide a complete understanding of the processes involved in this therapeutic medium.
  4. 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.
  5. An understanding of the impact of equine facilitated methods and 8 other species of animals in animal-assisted practices.
  6. 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.
  7. A new perspective on how you affect and deal with your world.
  8. 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.
  9. Learn the value of functional assessments through observations of people with animals.
  10. Understand how individual program plans can be designed with animal interactions to meet participants’ needs.
  11.  Realize the importance of boundaries in life and become skilled in setting and maintaining them safely and humanely.
  12.  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.
  13. Understand your scope of practice and develop a concise plan for your next steps in development.
  14. Thoroughly explore the ethics of working with animals in professional practice.
Translated Title Exploring Animal Assisted Interventions
Location Ardrossan, Alberta
Department Internship - one week long
Language English
Program Name Exploring Animal Assisted Interventions
Institution Dreamcatcher Nature Assisted Therapy Ltd.
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  1. Animal-assisted activities
  2. Animal-assisted therapies
  3. Animal consciousness
  4. Animal health and hygiene
  5. Animal housing
  6. Animal roles
  7. Animal welfare
  8. Assisted living facilities
  9. Cats
  10. Certification
  11. Dogs
  12. Equine facilitated counselling (EFC)
  13. Farms
  14. Health
  15. Horses
  16. Internship
  17. Long-term care facilities
  18. Mammals
  19. Mental health and well-being
  20. Nature
  21. Physical environment
  22. Rodents
  23. Social Environments
  24. Working animals