In addition to the elective course offered through the Clinical Diploma in Therapeutic Arts and Addictions, CEAACT now offers a Certificate in Annimal Assisted Therapy – Counselling (AAT-C) program!
The AAT-C Certificate program is a dynamic, comprehensive, and academically rigorous program that encourages critical thinking, and welcomes experiential perspectives while maintain a research and evidence-based approach to education. Experiential and embodied learning fosters student competence, flexibility and professional skill development that enables clinicians to meet the complex demands of today’s clients.
CANASSIST Therapy Dog Program Inc., is a non-profit Division of CEAACT– The Centre for Therapeutic Arts and Addictions Counselling. CEAACT and CANASSIST are registered as a private vocational school in the Province of Saskatchewan, Canada.
CANASSIST ensures that our students are actively involved in determining the course of learning that best suits their needs, while implementing best practices supported by the most recent research and applied practices. Graduates of the program develop competencies in the field in the areas of professional practice, animal behaviour, research, and theoretical development in animal assisted therapeutic interventions. The program evaluates how animal assisted therapy can be integrated with therapeutic art, storytelling, play therapy and more.
Our Certificate program provides mental health providers, counsellors, social workers, students in caregiver fields of study, therapeutic animal owners and trainers in the mental health field, and other approved professionals with the knowledge needed to integrated animals into their practice. Two streams of study are possible:
The Certificate in Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling (AAT-C) will prepare you to develop the skills and competencies you need to include animal assisted interventions with effective treatment plans while working with a wide variety of client populations. Our approach is to encourage response based and individualized interventions rather than a standardized formula. It is expected that you will be working with your own animals throughout the program. This provides you, as the clinician, with the added benefit of having a supportive human-animal bond with your therapy animal.
The AAT-C Certificate Program is aligned to meet the legal and ethical standards of animal assisted therapeutic interventions. All mental health professionals should have training and supervision before they work with an animal with clients. As the field of animal assisted interventions grows and gains recognition, many insurance companies require evidence of training and supervision as a condition of coverage.
|Title of Course/Work Experience Component||# of Hours|
|Foundations of Animal assisted Therapeutic Interventions – The human animal bond||50|
|Legal and Ethical Issues in Animal Assisted Interventions||50|
|Animal Behavior, Ethology, Health and Development||50|
|Learning Theory and Training – Applied animal behaviour||50|
|Focused Study (trauma or addictions path) – Working with select populations||50|
|Best Practices and Research as an Animal Assisted Clinician||50|
|Total Instructional Hours||300|
NOTE: Due to CEAACT-CANASSIST’s ongoing enrollment, and based on a student’s background and clinical experience, courses and practicum can be taken consecutively or concurrently. Students can pace themselves to fit their work situation.
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