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An Introduction to Multi-disciplinary Animal Assisted Interactions (AAI)


Course
Melanie Jones
Enrolment for this course is currently closed.

COMING JANUARY 2021
How can the inclusion of animals enhance your work, better engage your clients, and provide relief and joy? This course is designed to give an overview of what animal assisted interactions and interventions are and the benefits to both people and animals. If you have been wanting to learn more about AAIs then this is the course for you!

Mode: 100% Self paced online

Pre-requisites: Nil

Approximate Duration: 5 hours

Access: You have 7 days to complete this e-course

 

This self-paced, short course provides participants with a basic understanding of what is involved in the delivery of AAIs, their scope, benefits, and applications in a range of multidisciplinary settings. Log in at your leisure and complete the modules and associated quizzes to receive your certificate of completion.

 

Bundle and save! This course may be purchased as part of the Visiting Therapy Dog and Handler Certification Package or Practitioner Certification Package. Find out more.

 

(This course is a pre-requisite for all Certification courses)

 

Modules:

  • Conceptualising and defining AAI
  • Why work with animals? Understanding the human animal bond (HAB)
  • Animal assisted applications; When, where and how
  • Contraindications, safety and welfare
  • How to know what you don’t know. The importance of training and certification

 

Learning objectives:

  • Identify and describe the differences between various types of animal assisted interaction (AAI), including therapy (AAT), psychotherapy (AAP), activities (AAA), and education (AAE) and demonstrate an understanding of the professional (and legal) boundaries of each
  • Appreciate the diverse species who may work as therapy animals
  • Understand the differences between therapy and assistance/service dogs
  • Describe the role of the animal handler (e.g. volunteer/professional) and how they may engage with clients (e.g. triangle/diamond)
  • Understand the primary benefits of human-animal interaction with a range of populations in a range of settings, including visiting, education and allied health
  • Identify common methods to successfully engage clients in AAI, and when to avoid AAI
  • Appreciate the safety and welfare needs of animals and humans in AAI
  • Describe the importance of certification and standards in AAI

 

Suitable for:

  • People with or without their own animal who have an interest in AAI

Please note: All of our courses are delivered in English, and require a high level of written and spoken English language skills, including discipline specific terminology. Recommended proficiency level is C1 – Advanced (proficient)

 

BUNDLE AND SAVE. BUY MULTIPLE SHORT COURSES FOR HUGE SAVINGS!

 

More Information:

If you are interested in completing the Visiting Therapy Dog & Handler Certification Course with your dog then please visit https://leadthewayinstitute.com.au/services/foundation-aai-and-therapy-dog-certification/ 

For an overview of Certification please see https://leadthewayinstitute.com.au/services/therapy-dog-training-and-certification/

For more information on all of our courses see https://leadthewayinstitute.com.au/home/

 

Here is the course outline:

1. An Introduction to Multidisciplinary Animal Assisted Interactions

How can the inclusion of animals enhance your work, better engage your clients, and provide relief and joy? This course is designed to give an overview of what animal assisted interactions and interventions are and the benefits to both people and animals. If you have been wanting to learn more about AAIs then this is the course for you!

pageText Introduction
pageText About Lead The Way
pageText About Your Instructor
pageText Module One - Conceptualising and defining animal assisted interactions (AAI)
quiz Module One Quiz
pageText Module Two - Why work with animals? Understanding the human animal bond (HAB)
quiz Module Two Quiz
pageText Module Three - Animal assisted applications. When, where and how
quiz Module Three Quiz
pageText Module Four - Contraindications, safety and welfare
quiz Module Four Quiz
pageText Module Five - How to know what you don’t know – The importance of training and certification
quiz Module Five Quiz
pageText Articles
pageText Conclusion

Completion

The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Introduction to Multidisciplinary Animal Assisted Interactions
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