Earn Your Animal Assisted Therapy Interventionist Credential (AAT-I)
or continuing education hours in AAT.
The Animal Assisted Therapy Interventionist Credential (AAT-I) is a distinction awarded to qualified clinicians who have successfully completed one of the comprehensive AAT-I programs.
The AAT-I International Program is a series of courses that have been split into two distinct AAT-I credential levels. The AAT-I Level 1 consists of seven online, self-paced courses which provides professionals with in-depth theoretical knowledge regarding the practice of animal-assisted therapy across a variety of settings with various populations. The AAT-I Level 2 consists of the same online, self-paced courses in Level 1 and includes a final 8th course, which is a 3-day weekend intensive at a 72-acre facility in Clayton, NC. This additional face-to-face experiential learning course allows professionals to apply and practice their knowledge gained through the online courses in a live setting with a variety of therapy animals, receiving feedback and processing the experience. In all the online courses in Level 1 and Level 2, there is the opportunity to interact with instructors via monthly live Q & A sessions.
The AAT-I program is designed for licensed/certified professionals to learn how to utilize Animal-Assisted Interventions ethically and intentionally per the American Counseling Association’s AAT-C Competency Requirements. This program is developed by an instructor with a Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision, as well as a practicing Animal-Assisted Therapist with several years of experience. The program content has been reviewed by an advisory board of relevant professionals (e.g. LPC’s, LCSW’s) to ensure quality and relevance to a breadth of professionals seeking AAT certification and/or CEU’s. Your instructors believe in the evidence-based healing power of the human-animal bond. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA, 2018), “The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviors that are essential to the health and well-being of both. This includes, but is not limited to, emotional, psychological, and physical interactions of people, animals, and the environment.” This program teaches you how to be co-therapists in a triadic relationship with animals in a variety of settings to accelerate growth and transformation via the mind, body, spirit connection.
Hold an approved license or certification. Click here to view the full list of approved clinician types.