Best Practices in Therapy Animal Handling

The goal of this course is to reinforce the standards of practice and professionalism for the field of animal-assisted interventions (AAI), helping it become widely recognized as a valuable complementary treatment modality. In these four modules, you'll review key terminology as well as the general requirements and essential skills for therapy animal teams, consider how relationship and teamwork impact the team dynamic, and explore how to direct therapy animals through respectful and safe client interactions. If you are new to therapy animals, this is a great place to start!

 

Course Price: $180

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Best Practices in Therapy Animal Handling: Overview of Therapy Animal Work
By the end of this module, you will be able to:
•    Recognize key terminology in AAI
•    Distinguish between therapy, service, emotional support, and facility animals

Best Practices in Therapy Animal Handling: Core Concepts
By the end of this module, you will be able to:
•    Describe essential traits for a therapy animal and team
•    Identify the difference between proactive, reactive, and inactive handling
•    Examine handler responsibility relevant to responsible animal ownership

Best Practices in Therapy Animal Handling: Relationships and Teamwork
By the end of this module, you will be able to:
•    Identify handler responsibilities relevant to therapy animal welfare
•    Describe how AAI can result in stress for a handler, animal, or client, which needs to be managed
•    Evaluate body language and respond in a way which supports your animal
•    Identify essential traits of a therapy animal team

Best Practices in Therapy Animal Handling: Respect & Safety
By the end of this module, you will be able to:
•    Identify handler responsibilities relevant to client safety
•    Describe infection risks and produce solution to mitigate those risks

Assessment for Best Practices in Therapy Animal Handling
This 20 question knowledge assessment covers all content for Best Practices in Therapy Animal Handling and requires a passing score of 80%. You must complete the previous lessons before accessing this assessment.

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