Animal Assisted Therapy Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

Pet owners know of the positive therapeutic properties that their non-human family member has on both their psyche and in the case of certain pets, their physicality.

The Animal Assisted Therapy Diploma course discusses this further: giving information on the effectiveness of animals on human mental, physical and psychological health through Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) and Animal Assisted Therapies (AAT).

While the roles often merge ‘Animal Assistants’ and ‘Therapy Animals’ offer different functions to humans. The Animal Assisted Therapy Course discusses these differences and also how they crossover, whilst explaining what specific animals can offer in terms of assistance.

Students on this "pet therapy" course will discover that animals make great therapists for a number of conditions and for a number of reasons. You will learn how they can aid mental health issues, and how these mental health conditions arise in the first instance.

As humans we have certain needs that must be met for us to be healthy, the absence of which can lead us away from happiness and health, and into mental ill health, which often leads to physical sickness. We discuss the scientific findings that link mental well-being to the presence of animals, detailing exactly animals can do for our health, both physical and mental.

As most of us are aware of guide dogs and hearing dogs for deaf people, the roles of physical assistance animals go beyond these areas. Students will also learn about the legal aspect of therapy animals and how that affects the rights and responsibilities of both animal recipients and the organisations that train them.

Students will learn about dog’s incredible sense of smell and focusing on research into Medical Assistance dogs, these amazing animals which can aid early diagnosis of disease or early detection of chemical changes within the body.

The course emotions and how to understand them, and what their effect on an individual’s well-being are. You will learn how animals can improve our personal emotional responses in order to improve overall health and happiness, leading on to the roles of Pets as Therapy (PAT) animals.

The course discusses autism in detail and how assistance dogs are helping children with the condition, it also details 6 stages of counselling, and outlines what Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is. The use of AAT animals can enhance the therapy experience for clients.

For a more detailed overview of the course see the syllabus.

Animal Assisted Therapy Diploma Course

Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Part 1: Animal Assisted Therapy
  • Part 2: Assistance Animals
  • Part 3: Summary
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: Why We Need Therapy
  • Part 2: Depression
  • Part 3: The Brain
  • Part 4: Summary
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: Human Needs
  • Part 2: PERMAnent Happiness
  • Part 3: Summary
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: Guide Dogs
  • Part 2: Dual Role Dogs
  • Part 3: Assistance Dogs UK
  • Part 4: Summary
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Dog’s Amazing Nose
  • Part 2: Biological Detection Dogs
  • Part 3: Addison’s Disease
  • Part 4: Summary
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: What Are Emotions
  • Part 2: Animals Affect Emotions
  • Part 3: Summary
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: What is Autism
  • Part 2: An Important Note
  • Part 3: Summary
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: What is Therapy?
  • Part 2: Psychological Therapy
  • Part 3: Understand Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Part 4: Summary
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Animal Welfare in The Therapy Setting
  • Part 2: Animal Welfare
  • Part 3: AAT Stressed Animals
  • Part 4: Summary
  • Final Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

Ideal for all pet lovers and those looking to combine their love of animals with an exciting new career!

The Animal Assisted Therapy Diploma Course can be studied as a general interest course, as the information within opens students up to the versatility and therapeutic power that the inclusion of animals can have in both physical and psychological therapies.

If you are interested in pursuing a career in this area then this course will arm you with knowledge of Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) and Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT), how they benefit, the role that animals can play in improving quality of life, and what is involved in providing therapy and handling an animal working in this role.

Animal Assisted Therapy Diploma Course
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The Animal Assisted Therapy Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

This course is registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), which is internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners, doctors and, increasingly, by the general public. Upon completion of the course you can gain membership to the CMA, which in addition to supplying a professional accreditation, offers a number of benefits, all of which can be found here.

This course is endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme. Therefore, upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £15).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through their awarding organisations they have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. They are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Their knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

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