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20 Credit Continuing Education Program
20 Credit Continuing Education Program

Animal Assisted Play Therapy - CE Program (BOOK & TEST) - 20 Credits/Hours

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A 20-credit, 185 question CE program based on the book:

    This program will provide you with the authors’ combined 75 years of experience working with animals as a part of their therapeutic practice. While the focus is on mental health professionals, the approach and methods covered can easily be adapted for use by allied health professionals, such as physical, occupational, speech, and recreational therapists as well as those in the educational field such as teachers and school counselors. Animal Assisted Play Therapy (AAPT) adds the elements of playfulness, humor, and lightness to the therapeutic process, and can be helpful for clients of all ages. It focuses heavily on relationships: how the relationship between therapist and animal must be developed in positive, mutually respectful ways in which the animals have a voice and choice whenever possible.

Target Audience
Psychologists | School Psychologists | Marriage & Family Therapists | Mental Health Counselors | Social Workers

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Learning Objectives
  • Describe the authors’ backgrounds and history of involving dogs and horses in Animal-Assisted Play Therapy (AAPT).
  • Explain the definition of AAPT.
  • Identify the background, principles and goals of AAPT.
  • Explain why dogs and horses are the most frequently used animals in AAPT.
  • Evaluate the basic elements of the AAPT approach.
  • Explain why relationship is the cornerstone of the AAPT approach.
  • Identify the therapist competencies necessary for successful practice of AAPT.
  • Describe the preparation of the animal for participation in AAPT.
  • Explain the necessity for a strong relationship between the therapist and his/her therapy animal.
  • Identify the practical considerations, both positive and negative, of engaging in AAPT.
  • Identify the foundations of therapeutic play with animals.
  • Describe the types of goals for and applications of AAPT with various mental health concerns.
  • Explain the importance of therapeutic processing in AAPT.
  • Identify the necessary steps to take when transitions and endings occur.
  • Explain the importance of making the animal’s welfare a high priority.
  • Describe the professional issues and ethics involved in the practice of AAPT.
  • List the major research done in the area of AAPT.
  • List the resources available for therapists who wish to become competent in AAPT.

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