Welcome to Animal Assisted Psychotherapy Training
Animal therapy certification courses
A Proud Initiative of The Equine Psychotherapy Institute from the qualified and experienced training team who developed the first uniquely Australian Model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Training and Certification pathway over 10 years ago, now proudly delivering a sophisticated psychotherapy model of AAP and AAL to improve the standards of training and practice in Animal Assisted Interventions across Australia.
Demand is increasing for ethical and professional animal assisted psychotherapy (AAP) and animal assisted learning (AAL) practitioners. The word is spreading about the power of animal therapy, and people are looking for skillful animal assisted psychotherapists.
Animal therapy certification is an innovative way to support social-emotional learning, facilitate personal development, deliver coaching and complementary therapies.
Are you ready to provide skillful, ethical and professional AAP and AAL services to your clients?
Who is this Practitioner Training Designed for?
animal assisted therapy training
Are you passionate about Animals and how they support learning, growth, change and healing?
Are you a Psychologist looking to include animal therapy into your psychological services?
Are you a Social Worker looking to support more difficult to reach clients effectively?
Are you a Counsellor or Psychotherapist passionate about change for clients, and deeply connected to animals?
Are you a Teacher, Educator, Coach, Youth worker, Animal Specialist/trainer or Complementary therapist looking to offer innovative services with the power of the human-animal bond?
This animal assisted Training and Certification Program is designed especially for you
What We Teach
Animal assisted therapy courses
Animal Assisted Psychotherapy students
learn to be experiential psychotherapists and practice psychotherapy…with animals. This requires very specialist understanding of psychotherapy theory, knowledge, skill and methodology. We teach you our AAP Training model of psychotherapy, including unique theory of change, psychotherapy theory, principles and methodology to support you to offer effective psychotherapy with children and adults.
Animal Assisted Learning students
learn about the power of relationally-based experiential learning to foster engagement, growth and learning…with animals. This requires very specialist knowledge, skill and application. We teach you our AAP Training model of experiential learning, and the principles, theory and practice skills you need to offer animal assisted education, animal assisted activities, animal assisted learning (including personal development, and social emotional learning).
What you Learn and How it is Delivered
You learn the what and the how in our 15-day Animal Assisted Training and Certification program, delivered via four, five-day Intensives.
Animal Assisted Psychotherapy and Animal Assisted Learning is inherently experiential and complex, and unfortunately cannot be trained on the internet!
Our rigorous on-site education, training, and continuing professional development programs will support you to develop your practice in a way that serves you, your animals and your clients very well!
Scope of Practice
We address the scope of practice issues in AAP and AAL, and how this sits within the international context of IAHAIO, the International Association for Human-Animal Interaction Organisations white paper discussion and definitions of animal assisted interventions.
Our Faculty live, breathe, love and learn with animals, and are passionate about how animals, and being in relationship with animals, can support us to learn about ourselves, life and the natural world. Being in relationship with animals can support health, well-being, growth and healing in unique and wonderful ways.
Join our community, and step into your dream practice – combining your love of animals and desire to help people heal, grow, develop and change.
Overview Training and Certification
Animal Assisted Psychotherapy / Animal Assisted Learning Practitioner Training & Certification
15 days (120 hours) On-site
3 – 5 Day Intensives
TRAINING Dates – currently postponed / under review
- September 7-11
- October 5-9
- Nov 2-6
Venue 459 Telegraph Rd, Mt Prospect (Daylesford area), Victoria, Australia
Training Fees $1500 AU plus gst per 5 Day Intensive (Upfront payment – $4200 plus gst)
Certification Requirements Post training, you will be supported to submit – an integration paper after each Intensive, Open book exam at completion of intensives, animal-based project and short video, and, attend five online supervision sessions over duration of training (within 12 month period).
Overview of Core Curriculum Learning Areas
AAP Training Core Curriculum Areas
- Introduction to AAP and AAL
- Animals and the Human-Animal Bond
- AAP Introduction and AAPI Theory
- AAP/ AAL Environment and Setting
- AAP / AAL Practice and Interventions
- Trauma, Neuroscience and AAP/ AAL
- Program Evaluation