Animal Assisted Intervention

Department Course Offerings

  • HL650 Introduction to Animal Assisted Interventions

    Animal assisted interventions and animal therapy programs have the capacity to improve empathy, self-esteem, and animal care knowledge. This course will review theories animal assisted interventions, and specific therapeutic techniques as they apply to several different populations will be discussed. Dog training, mechanisms of change, and program outcomes will also be examined. Students will have an opportunity to observe an actual animal assisted intervention, interview the animal handler involved, and integrate newly gained knowledge of theories, practice, and evaluation of these programs. 3 credits

  • HL652 The Role of Animals in the Lives of Children

    The literature is filled with commentaries and research findings attesting the value of animals in the lives of children. This course will review theories of human-animal bond and animal assisted interventions for children in therapeutic environments and in the home. Specific animal assisted programs for children with physical and developmental disabilities will be explored. Attention will be given to best practice approaches in developing AAI programs and methods for program evaluation. The role of animals in schools and humane education will also be discussed. Students will have an opportunity to write a proposal for an animal assisted program for children integrating newly gained knowledge of theories, practice, and evaluation of these programs. 3 credits

  • HL659 Animal Assisted Interventions Final Project

    Students will complete an approved applied research project or practical project designed in conjunction with a faculty advisor and/or an external mentor. Thesis or project topics must be approved by the faculty advisor. The research project will be documented by a written report, which will be suitable for the portfolio. 3 credits