Pet therapy is an effective tool based on the long history of animals and humans co-existing as comforting and caring companions. Everyone needs a little help sometimes, whether it is for physical, emotional, or mental ailments. Therapy pets provide extensive benefits for physical and mental wellbeing to their owners, supporting and encouraging positive interactions and activities leading to significant improvement in overall health.
You will learn:
- Explain the nature of pet therapy and determine where it may be used as a therapeutic tool.
- Explain how pets can contribute to a person’s wellbeing as a companion or working animal.
- Determine how to work with animals effectively and appropriately in a therapeutic situation.
- Discuss ways in which this can be used for people with psychological conditions.
- Discuss ways in which this can be used for people with physical disabilities.
- Discuss ways in which this can be used for children of different ages and circumstances.
- Discuss ways in which this can be used for older people in different circumstances.
- Plan the establishment and operation of a pet therapy service.
Detailed Course Outline
This course is made up of a number of lessons or units. Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.
There are 8 lessons in this course:
1. Scope and Nature of Pet Therapy
- Introduction to Pet Therapy
- Animal and Human Relationships
- Animal Assisted Therapy
- Animal Assisted Activities
- Animals Used in Pet Therapy
- Scientific Research Supporting Pet Therapy
- Tension and Stress
- Depression and Anxiety
- Touch, Affection and Companionship
- Immune System Response and Pain Control
- Cancer Patients, Palliative Care and Heart Disease
- Healthier Lifestyles, Structure and Routine
- Benefits for Older People
- Pet Therapy and Children
- Negative Effects of Pet Therapy on People
- Negative Impacts on Pets and Animals
- Cultural Differences
2. Mental Health and Physical Assistance
- Pet Therapy Research and Mental Health Conditions Introduction
- Agitation and Cognitive Impairments
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Human-Animal Interactions
- Warning and Protection
- Transport and Carriage
- Working Animals
3. Working with animals
- Introduction to working animals.
- Factors for Consideration
- Human Safety
- Client Possessive Behaviour and Bonding
- Animal Health and Welfare
- Animal Behaviour
- Resources and Legalities
- Animal Species
- Large, Medium and Small Animals
- Suitability to the Client
- Therapy Settings
- Preparing Clients and Animals for a Session
4. Applications for people with mental health conditions
- Mental Health Conditions
- Mood Disoders
- Social Phobias
- Developmental Disorders
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Austism Spectrum Disorder
- Austism Assistance Dogs
- The Stress Response
- Panic Attacks
- Other Animal Contributions to Mental Wellbeing (Pleasure, Motivation and Exercise)
5. Applications for people with disabilities
- Benefits of an Animal-assisted Therapy Program for People with Disabilities
- Service Assistance Animals
- Guide Dogs
- Hearing Dogs
- Seizure Alert Dogs
- Diabetic Alert Dogs
- Allergy Detection Dogs
- Mobility Assistance Dogs
- Physiotherapy Assistance Dogs
6. Applications for Children
- Therapy and Children Introduction
- Difficulties of Therapy with Children
- Developing Empathy
- The Benefits of Therapy for Children
- Children with ADHD
- Children with Autism
7. Applications for Older People
- Specific Applications of Therapy for Elderly
- Grief and Loss
- Physical Activity
- Stress, Blood Pressure and Anxiety
- Cardiovascular Disease
- When The Owner Can No Longer Care for the Animal
8. Establishing a Pet Therapy Service
- As a Business
- Planning Your Service
- Which Animal is Most Suitable
- Client Group
- Marketing Your Services
- Data Protection and Privacy
- Other Services
- Free or Paid For Services
- Business Plan
- Buying an Existing Business
- Animal Welfare Considerations
- Remaining Competitive
When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.
Dr Nicholas Harris B. Psychology (Hons I), PhD
Nicholas is a social psychologist; he studies and teaches on topics involving group-level and individual-level behavior, as well as examining the effect of the situation. Nicholas has been involved in writing textbooks and research papers in psychology. Nicholas’ teaching experience is vast; he has taught social psychology, indigenous and intercultural psychology, statistics, research methods, psychological measurement and assessment, personality, organizational psychology, counselling skills, and ethics. Nicholas has also completed a number of short courses on counselling and suicide prevention, and has volunteered for a number of years with Lifeline. Nicholas has supervised a number of honours and master’s research theses.
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