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.
How to earn your AAT-I credential:
Hold an approved license or certification. Click here to view the full list of approved clinician types.
Complete the entire AAT-I program, which includes the following courses:
1. The Human-Animal Bond and History of Animal Assisted Therapy, 4 CE hours
2. AAT: Competencies, Ethics, Law, and Multicultural Considerations, 7 CE Hours
3. Animal Behavior, Training 2 CE Hours
4. Introduction to Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy 13 CE Hours
5. Animals as Co-Therapists; Matching Theory and AAI’s, 11 CE Hours
6. Animals as Co-Therapists Across Settings including Telemental health and Animal-Assisted Interventions 17 CE Hours
7. AAT-C: Treatment Plans and Measuring Outcomes plus FINAL PROJECT, 10 CE Hours
8. AAT-I Live Intensive Course (Onsite in NC), 21 CE Hours