Through this Animal Assisted Intervention course, students will gain an understanding of animal-assisted intervention 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.
Unit Summary (370 GLH)
This unit gives the learner a background of the human-animal bond, and how this relates to providing Animal Assisted Intervention.
Students will gain an understanding of Animal Assisted Intervention and how Animal Assisted Intervention can be used in practice.
Learn about the history and science behind Animal Assisted Intervention.
This unit enables learners to understand how Animal Assisted Intervention is used and the limits and contraindications of providing Animal Assisted Intervention
Students will explore the positive effects of Animal Assisted Intervention including:
Learn how Animal Assisted Intervention can be used in the rehabilitation of offenders
Understand how Animal Assisted Therapy can be used in therapy for child and adult disease and disabilities
Understand how Animal Assisted Intervention and Animal Assisted Therapy can be used with children and the elderly.
In the unit, students will gather an understanding of the legalities of those involved with Animal Assisted Intervention
This unit explores:
The safeguarding of service users/clients
Lone working regulations
The various insurances related to the sector.
Learn about various disabilities – both physical and mental, and the key awareness of working with animals
Students will gain an understanding of disability awareness when working with animals, including how animals may affect a client group and vice-versa.
Students undertaking this unit will investigate the correct selection methods for finding suitable animals, how to train animals using positive, force-free methods, and the identification of behaviour and body language.
Explore the selection and training process of Animal Assisted Intervention animals
Learn how to identify animals that are not suitable for Animal-Assisted Intervention
Understand the welfare needs of Animal Assisted Intervention animals
Learn about normal animal behaviour and how to identify the signs of stress including how to minimise stress during transportation
This unit also includes information about the animal and human body language.
Students will explore the roles of those within Animal Assisted Intervention organisations.
Learn about Animal Assisted Intervention standards
Understand the role of handler within organisations and the assessment process for Animal-Assisted Intervention volunteer dogs
Students will learn about the important additional skills needed for various Animal Assisted Intervention roles.
Gain an understanding of the interpersonal skills required for Animal Assisted Intervention
Learn how to organise a successful Animal Assisted Intervention session
In this unit, students will investigate the matching of clients to personnel and animals, and the importance and process of consent.
In this unit, students will identify the basic Health and Safety requirements in line with current legislation and understand how to carry out risk assessments.
This unit includes information about:
Health and hygiene when working with animals
Basic and emergency animal first aid
Basic animal health check
Animal Assistance Intervention has been receiving growing attention as a legitimate form of treatment for many conditions in the scientific fields of nursing, medicine, and psychotherapy.
Interventions vary widely, from long-term arrangements in which patients adopt pets to short-term interactions between patients and a trained animal in structured activities. Learn how Animal Assisted Intervention and Animal Assisted Therapy can be used to stimulate the natural development of children and provide therapeutic care for the elderly.
Animal Assisted Intervention can also be used in the management of both developmental conditions in children and in the rehabilitation of offenders, as well as providing therapy for child and adult disease and disabilities.
Various animals can be used for animal-assisted intervention. Dogs are most commonly used as they are easier to take into nursing homes, schools, hospitals, prisons, hospices etc; whereas 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 intervention 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!
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