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Earn your Animal Assisted Therapy Interventionist Credential (AAT-I)

Or Continuing Education Hours in Animal Assisted Therapy

The Animal Assisted Interventionist (AAT-I) Credential

The Animal Assisted Therapy Interventionist Credential (AAT-I) is a distinction awarded to qualified clinicians who have successfully completed the comprehensive AAT-I program.

The AAT-I Interventionist Program consists of eight online, self-paced courses that provide professionals with in-depth theoretical knowledge regarding the practice of animal-assisted therapy across a variety of settings with various populations. This program allows professionals to apply and practice their knowledge gained with a variety of therapy animals, receiving feedback and processing the experience to gain their AAT-I credential.

The AAT-I program is designed for licensed/certified professionals to learn how to utilize Animal-Assisted Interventions ethically and intentionally per the American Counseling Association’s AAT-C Competency Requirements. This program is developed by an instructor with a Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision, as well as a practicing Animal-Assisted Therapist with almost two decades of experience. The program content has been reviewed by an advisory board of relevant professionals (e.g. LPC’s, LCSW’s) to ensure quality and relevance to a breadth of professionals seeking AAT certification and/or CEU’s. Your instructor believes in the evidence-based healing power of the human-animal bond. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA, 2018), “The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviors that are essential to the health and well-being of both. This includes, but is not limited to, emotional, psychological, and physical interactions of people, animals, and the environment.” This program teaches you how to be co-therapists in a triadic relationship with animals in a variety of settings to accelerate growth and transformation via the mind, body, spirit connection.

Earning a certification, credential, or certificate in a specialty validates your knowledge and expertise and demonstrates your commitment to providing high-quality, evidence-based treatment. Upon completing the 8 online courses in the program, you'll receive your Animal Assisted Therapy Interventionist Credential (AAT-I) to be added to your existing credentials.

An optional in-person 2-day experiential intensive is held in a variety of farm and nature settings to help professionals understand the breadth and depth of location options to practice AAT.  Please contact Dr. Strayer for details on this event.

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How to earn your AAT-I Credential:

Hold an approved license or certification. 
Click here to view the full list of approved clinician types.
Complete the entire AAT-I program, which includes the following eight courses:

1. The History of AAT and AAT Principles, 2 CE hours

2. AAT Competencies and Multicultural Considerations, 3 CE Hours

3. Animals as Co-Therapists: Selection, Behavioral, and Training Considerations, 1.5 CE Hours

4. Introduction to Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, 2 CE Hours

5. Animals as Co-Therapists: Blending Animal Interventions with a Range of Professional Theoretical Orientations, 2.5 CE Hours

6. Animals as Co-Therapists: Exploring Animal Assisted Interventions Across Professions, Settings, and Populations, 3.5 CE Hours

7. Developing Treatment Plans and Tracking Outcomes, 5 CE Hours

8. AAT-I Overview and Experiential Examples, 6 CE Hours