The Comprehensive Animal-assisted Therapy: Specialized
Course for Administrators & Non-Certified Teams program is designed to accomplish three major goals:
First, we are
providing this training to help schools, healthcare and other groups that use AAT in their facilities. Most agencies that
have AAT included in their operations have little or no knowledge of what to actually expect from the teams. This is a concern
as most AAT teams have no education in AAT, plus no training in infection control, privacy issues (HIPAA) or working in critical
care situations. Every facility needs at least one member of the staff that is aware of what to expect and screen for before
AAT becomes a liability.
Second, for AAT teams that are with the Delta Society, Therapy Dogs International, and others,
you are not certified in AAT, only registered. Certified means you have been trained and tested to a higher level. This
program offers you the opportunity to become certified as an AAT Specialist. You still maintain your registration with your
current group, but you will have the additional training to make you a better and safer AAT provider.
Third, this is
also excellent training for RN's, PT's, OT's and Speech, as AAT is used in ever-extending areas. It is the intent of this
program to seek CEU's in the near future for healthcare and other professionals.