Animal Assisted Therapy for Healthcare Professionals

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Advance your therapeutic practice through Animal Assisted Therapy.

This course will enable healthcare professionals to upskill in a growing area, providing additional therapeutic services to benefit their clients.

$2,200.00

Key facts

Course category
Psychology, Counselling and Social Work, Therapies
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Duration
10 weeks
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Prerequisite/s
There are no prerequisites for this short course
Certification
Certificate of Attendance

Why this course?

This course is designed for qualified and soon-to-qualify healthcare professionals who are interested in incorporating animals into their practice. It covers the theoretical basis for working with animals in therapeutic settings, existing organisational requirements to set up an animal-assisted therapy program, and ways in which horses, dogs, and other animals may help practitioners provide therapeutic benefit for clients, while maintaining animal welfare and human health and safety. Supporting specific populations through animal-assisted therapy will also be covered. 

 

You will learn from experts about how to appropriately introduce animals into your own practice. 

Why study a short course at La Trobe

Industry experience while you study

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Rising demand

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Powerful Collaborations

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Course content

  • The theoretical basis for working with animals in therapeutic settings
  • The existing organisational requirements for successfully integrating animals into healthcare practice
  • Ways in which horses, dogs, and other animals can help practitioners provide therapeutic benefit for clients
  • Supporting specific populations (i.e., mobility impairments, mental health conditions, developmental disorders)
  • Maintaining animal welfare and human health and safety.

You’ll learn:

  • How to safely integrate working with animals into your practice

  • The benefits that animal-assisted therapy can provide for your clients
  • How animal-assisted therapy can benefit specific populations

Your study experience

The course comprises 15 hours of online seminars over 10 weeks, and an additional 10 hours of self-study, with a total of 25 hours of Continuing Professional Development. 

Online seminars will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 pm (AEST/AEDT). 

This course is subject to minimum enrolment numbers.  A refund will be provided if the course is cancelled.

Who you'll learn from

Tiffani Howell

Tiffani is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Psychology and Public Health. She has extensive experience in research on animal welfare, dog-owner relationships, and assistance dogs, including surveys, focus groups, and behavioural studies. She recently co-led a trial, funded by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, to understand the effectiveness of assistance dogs as an adjunct to treatment for veterans with PTSD.

Vanessa Rohlf 

Vanessa is a Research Officer in the School of Psychology and Public Health, and is a consultant, therapist, and educator specialising in compassion fatigue, stress management, pet loss, and animal bereavement.

Pauleen Bennett 

Pauleen is Head of Department of Psychology and Counselling at La Trobe University. She is Australia’s leading expert in Anthrozoology, past-President and Fellow of the International Society for Anthrozoology, and Associate Editor of the field’s leading journal, Anthrozöos. Since 2011, she has led a multidisciplinary research group focusing on human-companion dog relationships, and particularly on how these impact human health and dog welfare.

Frequently Asked Questions

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