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Animal Assisted Therapy Diploma Course

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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).

Who Would Benefit from the Course?

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 about who can benefit from 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.

What You'll Learn from the Animal Assisted Therapy Diploma Course

  1. Animal Assistants
  2. Mental Health Awareness
  3. Stress Relief Has Paws
  4. Physical Assistants
  5. Scent Assistants the Dog's Amazing Nose
  6. Emotional Assistants
  7. Children and Animals
  8. Therapy
  9. Animal Welfare in The Therapy Setting

While the roles often merge ‘Animal Assistants’ and ‘Therapy Animals’ offer different functions to humans. The 1st module of the Animal Assisted Therapy Diploma Course discusses these differences and also how they crossover, whilst explaining what specific animals can offer in terms of assistance. By the end of the module students will have an overall understanding of the topic of Animal Assistance and what defines it.

As students will discover, animals make great therapists for a number of conditions, and for a number of reasons. To understand how they can aid us with issues of mental health, we must first understand mental health conditions and their effects on the body and brain. The 2nd of the course’s modules discusses what happens when we become depressed, anxious, stressed and unhappy; giving students knowledge of conditions before moving onto the treatments.

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. Module 3 of the Animal Assisted Therapy Course explains these needs and 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.

Although most of us are aware of guide dogs and hearing dogs for deaf people, the roles of physical assistance animals goes beyond these areas. Module 4 explores the tasks that dogs, in particular, fulfil and who they can help. Here 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.

It is common knowledge that dogs have an incredible sense of smell, with some dogs even being bred specifically to have an even greater, fine-tuned sniffing ability that exceeds others. There are already roles that you will be aware of for sniffer dogs, such as; Drug Detection, Search & Rescue, Explosive Detection, etc. While module 5 does detail these areas, it moves focus to ongoing research into Medical Assistance dogs, which utilise dog’s incredible sense of smell to aid early diagnosis of disease or early detection of chemical changes within the body.

Module 6 of the Animal Assisted Therapy Diploma Course first discusses what emotions actually are, how to understand them, and what their effect on an individual’s well-being are. With this information in mind, the module then talks about how animals can improve our personal emotional responses in order to improve overall health and happiness, before taking students through the roles of Pets as Therapy (PAT) animals.

The 7th module of the Animal Assisted Therapy Diploma Course discusses autism in detail and how assistance dogs are helping children with the condition, before talking about how animals are helping children in an Animal Assisted Activity (AAA) setting.

'Therapy' is the topic of module 8, which discusses both physical and psychological types, details 6 stages of counselling, and outlines what Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is. With therapy more fully understood, the module closes by explaining how the use of AAT animals can enhance the experience for clients.

The final module of the course discusses the welfare of working animals. This includes guidelines on keeping animals happy and healthy, how to recognise symptoms of stress, and information on various organisations who offer animal assisted therapies.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Animal Assisted Therapy Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus


Module 1: Animal Assistants

  • Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)
  • Animal Assisted Activities (AAA)
  • Why Holistic Health
  • Activity
  • Assistance Animals
  • Horses
  • Ferrets
  • Snakes
  • Birds
  • Capuchin Monkeys
  • History Overview
  • Summary
  • Module 1 Assessment

Module 2: Mental Health Awareness

  • Why We Need Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • When Medical Support is Needed
  • Depression
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • The Brain
  • Neurotransmitters
  • Summary
  • Module 2 Assessment

Module 3: Stress Relief Has Paws

  • Meeting Needs = Good Health
  • Human Needs
  • Self-Awareness
  • Walking the Dog
  • Social Benefits of Dog Walking
  • Other Benefits of Living with Animals
  • PERMAnent Happiness
  • Positive Emotion
  • Activity 1
  • Engagement
  • Activity 2
  • Relationships
  • Activity 3
  • Meaning
  • Accomplishments
  • Activity 4
  • Summary
  • Module 3 Assessment

Module 4: Physical Assistants

  • Guide Dogs
  • Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
  • Dual Role Dogs
  • Canine Partners
  • Dog Aid
  • Dogs for Good
  • Support Dogs
  • Therapy Dog Heroes
  • Assistance Dogs UK
  • ADI – Assistance Dogs International
  • Meet The Resistance
  • Summary
  • Module 4 Assessment

Module 5: Scent Assistants The Dog's Amazing Nose

  • How Scent Becomes Thought
  • Fun Activity – Training A Search Dog
  • Biological Detection Dogs
  • Medical Alert Dogs
  • Endocrine Support Assistance Dogs
  • Addison's Disease
  • Diabetes Assistance Dogs
  • Allergy Dogs
  • Cardiac Support Assistance Dogs
  • Seizure Alert Dogs
  • Summary
  • Module 5 Assessment

Module 6: Emotional Assistants

  • What Are Emotions
  • Paul Eckman
  • Robert Plutchik
  • Understanding Emotion
  • Subjective Emotion
  • Physiological Emotion
  • Behaviour
  • Animals Affect Emotions
  • Emotional Support Animals
  • Pets As Therapy
  • PTSD
  • Activity
  • Prison Animals
  • Dementia Dogs
  • Resident Animals
  • Comfort Dogs
  • Summary
  • Module 6 Assessment

Module 7: Children and Animals

  • What is Autism
  • Autism Dogs
  • An Important Note
  • AAA Dogs for Children
  • Equestrian Therapy
  • Paws For Progress
  • Summary
  • Module 7 Assessment

Module 8: Therapy

  • What is Therapy?
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychological Therapy
  • Understand Counselling Based Therapy
  • Stage 1
  • Stage 2
  • Stage 3
  • Stage 4
  • Stage 5
  • Resilience
  • Stage 6
  • Understand Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Where Animals Fit
  • Final Note
  • Summary
  • Module 8 Assessment

Module 9: Animal Welfare in The Therapy Setting

  • SCAS
  • Involvement Options Caring Canines Therapet
  • Suitable Animals
  • Nature and Behaviour
  • Health and Well-Being
  • AAT Handler Responsibility
  • Animal Welfare
  • The Five Freedoms
  • AAT Stressed Animals
  • Dog Stress
  • Cat Stress
  • Horse Stress
  • Safe Practice
  • Zoonosis
  • Dog Law Summary
  • Final Assessment

References and Further Reading

Relevant Organisations

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

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