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The AAT-I Credential

   

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.  Professionals who have completed the Animal Assisted Therapy Interventionist (AAT-I) Level 1 or Level 2 program have received training by highly qualified Animal Assisted Therapy practitioners who are professionally licensed within their field.

After completing the Level 1 program, AAT-I professionals possess extensive knowledge, and understanding related to the empirical benefits of the Human-Animal Bond and Human-Animal Interactions. AAT-I Level 1 professionals also have gained interdisciplinary training that has equipped them to incorporate animals as an integral treatment plan component in an ethical and intentional manner with clients/patients. Finally, AAT-I Level 1 professionals are trained in animal welfare, behavior, and advocacy. This provides professional with a strong educational foundation upon which they can seek out supervision from local animal-assisted therapy experts, per the ACA animal-assisted therapy guidelines, to gain additional practical experience and continue to hone their skills in this specialty field.

After completing the Level 2 program, AAT-I professionals have the same educational foundation as in Level 1, but have the added benefit of gaining practical hands-on experiential learning with a variety of therapy animals at a 3-day weekend intensive. During this intensive AAT-I level 2 professional will apply and practice the knowledge they have gained, receiving feedback and processing the experience with their peers and experienced program instructors. The end result is that AAT-I Level 2 professionals are able to effectively partner with their therapy animal to provide a holistic, non-threatening, unconditional accepting environment for clients/patients in a professional manner.

Profession Types Qualified for the Animal Assisted Therapy Interventionist Include:

  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Rehabilitation Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Recreational Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Doctors
  • Directors of Nursing Home facilities
  • Educators
  • Higher Education Professionals
  • Justice Department Professionals (Juvenile, Prison Programs)
  • Veterinarians
  • Vet Techs