Due to COVID-19 and the extraordinary circumstances in which we find ourselves, with regret we have had to cancel the live intensive training event in Clayton on September 18-20, 2020. Enrollment in the full Level 2 program will indicate September 18-20, 2020, but we will transfer your attendance to future dates.
Spring 2021 Live-Intensive training is currently TBD.
The AAT-I Level 2 International Program is a series of 8 courses (listed below). All courses are self-paced and online except the final 8th course, which is a 3-day weekend intensive at a 72-acre facility in Clayton, NC. Each course offers 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.
Full List of Courses Included:
Online Self-Study Courses (Non-Interactive)
- The Human-Animal Bond and History of Animal Assisted Therapy
- AAT: Competencies, Ethics, Law, and Multicultural Considerations
- Animal Behavior, Training
- Introduction to Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy
- Animals as Co-Therapists; Matching Theory and AAI’s
- Animals as Co-Therapists Across Settings including Telemental health and Animal-Assisted Interventions
- AAT-C: Treatment Plans and Measuring Outcomes plus FINAL PROJECT
Live In-Person Course:
- AACC Live Intensive Course (Onsite in NC)
Course description for the AACC Live Intensive course:
In this experiential course at the Therapy Farm, you will interact with AAT Instructors and various Farm Animals/Therapy Animals to learn Animal Assisted Interventions and Animal Assisted Therapy. Everyone will present their final project and have open discussions about AAT. Your Instructors will provide an overview of the learning from the online courses and provide handouts on AAT. You will have an opportunity to practice and apply your Level 1 AAT knowledge in a live setting, receiving feedback and processing the experience. You will network with other professionals training to become Animal Assisted Therapists as you complete team activities. Our Intensives provide valuable tools to utilize as you become an Animal Assisted Therapist. The 70-acre farm setting is an animal refuge that provides an opportunity to learn AAT in a relaxed and natural setting.