Implementing Animal-Assisted School Programs

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Equipping teaching professionals to implement animal-assisted programs to support student wellbeing.

Learn how to incorporate safe and effective animal-assisted programs within the school environment to enhance student learning outcomes.

 

Special price of $170 for Victorian Public Schools - register using your @education.vic.gov.edu email address.

$480.00

Key facts

Course category
Education, Wellbeing in Schools
Options
Option 1 Commences Monday 5 August 2024 Online (On demand)
Option 2 Commences Monday 2 September 2024 Online (On demand)
Option 3 Commences Monday 7 October 2024 Online (On demand)
Option 4 Commences Monday 4 November 2024 Online (On demand)
Option 5 Commences Monday 2 December 2024 Online (On demand)
Duration
10 hours, self-paced
Group Bookings
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Prerequisite/s
There are no prerequisites for this short course
Certification
Certificate of Achievement

Why learn about Animal-Assisted Programs in Schools?

This unique course is designed for educators working in schools, who are seeking to learn about animal-assisted education programs.  

 

Why study a short course at La Trobe

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Course content

This course covers the theoretical basis for working with animals in educational settings, considerations for setting up an animal-assisted education program in schools, and ways in which animals can work in schools to benefit educational and developmental outcomes for children, while maintaining animal welfare and human health and safety. Participants in this course will learn from experts about how to appropriately introduce animals into their own schools.

Topics covered will include:

  • Working with animals in school programs, including:
    • reading to dogs
    • other pedagogical/developmental outcomes
    • school counselling – animal-assisted therapy 
    • students with additional needs or disabilities
  • Theoretical background and evidence base
  • Animal welfare and human safety, including: 
    • theory and practice of animal welfare
    • human safety (allergies, cultural considerations)
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The development of this course was funded by the Victorian State Government. 

You’ll learn:

  • How to appropriately introduce animals into schools 
  • Ways in which animals can work in schools to benefit educational and developmental outcomes for children 
  • The theoretical background and evidence base for working with animals in schools 
  • How to protect all participants in the program – maintaining animal welfare and human health and safety

Your study experience

This 10-hour short course is self-paced and fully online, with optional synchronous sessions.

You will have 8 weeks to complete this course. 

At the conclusion, you will be required to complete a quiz to receive a Certificate of Achievement for 10 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).  

Who you'll learn from

Dr Tiffani Howell

Tiffani has extensive experience in research on animal welfare, pet-owner relationships, and assistance dogs, including surveys, focus groups, and behavioural studies. She has over 80 peer-reviewed publications in international journals. She recently completed a four-year trial, funded by the Australian Department of Veterans’ Affairs, to understand the effectiveness of assistance dogs as an adjunct to treatment for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Dr Vanessa Rohlf 

Vanessa is a Research Fellow in the School of Psychology & Public Health at La Trobe University. She has authored 18 peer reviewed journal articles and 8 commissioned industry reports. She has a PhD with a specialisation in psychology (human-animal interactions), Master in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology. She is a certified compassion fatigue therapist and educator and has additional qualifications in trauma informed care, psychological first aid and mental health first aid. She is a registered counsellor with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.  

Professor Pauleen Bennett

Pauleen is a Professor in the Department of Psychology, Counselling and Therapy in the La Trobe University School of Psychology and Public Health. She is Australia’s leading expert in Anthrozoology – the study of human-animal interactions – and has contributed to over 150 peer reviewed journal articles on the topic. Prof Bennett is founder of the Anthrozoology Research Group, a multidisciplinary team with dog labs based at Bendigo and Bundoora campus.

Frequently Asked Questions

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