This self-paced online module aims to prepare social work and mental health practitioners for the unique conceptual, clinical and ethical challenges related to animal-assisted interventions (AAI). Through course readings, recorded instructor-guided lessons, and online quizzes, this module introduces trainees to practical approaches for strengthening planning and delivery strategies for evidence-based treatments incorporating animals.
- To integrate knowledge and theory about animal-assisted interventions in the context of social work with vulnerable groups.
- To evaluate the existing evidence regarding human-animal interactions.
- To understand methods, standards, and guideline of incorporating animals into social work practice.
- To demonstrate the integration of theory and practice through written and oral skills.
- To apply ethical standards and principles necessary to incorporate animals into social work practice in different settings.
Fine, A. H. (Ed.). (2015). Handbook on Animal-assisted Therapy: Foundations and Guidelines for Animal assisted Interventions. Academic Press. Fourth Edition.
Fine, A. H. (Ed.). (2019). Handbook on Animal-assisted Therapy: Foundations and Guidelines for Animal assisted Interventions. Academic Press. Fifth Edition.
This text book will need to be purchased or rented in order to complete the course. You may be able to find the book for free at your local library. If you are a recent graduate or faculty/staff at a university, the textbook may be available through the university library.
Availability: Year round
Who can enroll? Anyone interested in learning more about AAI
“This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886617824-3230) for 17 continuing education contact hours.”