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Continued Professional Development
This course counts for 60 hours CPD
An Introduction to Animal Assisted Therapy
Gain an understanding of animal assisted therapy and animal assisted activity and how these therapies work.
Learn about the training and selection methods used for different types of therapy animals and the protocols that are critically important to ensuring the welfare of therapy animals.
Animal Assisted Therapy for Children and Adults
Gain an understanding of how animal assisted therapy and activity can be used to stimulate the natural development of children and therapeutic care for the elderly.
Learn about Animal assisted therapy for natural child development and therapeutic care for the elderly dyslexia, reading ages, ADHD, patients in care homes etc.
Understand how animal assisted therapy can be used in the management of developmental conditions including dementia, schizophrenia, autism, etc.
Understand how animal assisted therapy can be used in practice as therapy for child and adult disease and disabilities, for example Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimers.
(Course cost is all inclusive of tutoring fees, assessments, materials and course registration)
Various animals can be used for animal assisted therapy. Dogs are most commonly used as they are easier to take into nursing homes, schools, hospitals, prisons, hospices etc; where-as cats are more likely to find the experience stressful and try to escape! However, all sorts of companion animals are utilised for therapy including horses, reptiles, rabbits, ferrets, etc. All assisted therapy animals are assessed for behavioural and temperament to ensure that they will react well to new and potentially unpredictable situations. It is important that the animal is calm and laid back and of course that they too gain positively from the interactions!