Animal Assisted Interventions

Graduate Certificate

The Animal Assisted Interventions Graduate Certificate (a program of the Humane Leadership Department) focuses on the integration of animals within the context of therapy. In the last decade there has been a proliferation of therapeutic programs where animals assist people in reaching developmental and/or restorative achievements. However, the formal training necessary to safely maximize these benefits are limited. This Graduate Certificate offers aspiring and seasoned clinicians alike a specialization in the emerging field of animal assisted therapies.

Students who graduate with a Graduate Certificate in Animal Assisted Intervention will be able to:

  • Recognize the physical and psychological benefits of the human-companion animal bond.
  • Create, implement, and evaluate safe and effective animal assisted intervention programs for a range of ages and myriad physical, developmental and mental health conditions.
  • Integrate and demonstrate ethically sound judgment within the context of animal assisted interventions, with special attention to the welfare of animals.

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