Online Course Catalog

Please find course descriptions and registration information below.

SELECTION OF DOGS FOR FAMILY LIFE & THERAPY WORK

with special attention to Animal Assisted Play Therapy (OC-SD)

Course Description

Selecting a dog as a family companion as well as for therapy work is a complex process, and perhaps more complicated than many realize. Your decision will affect your family for years. If there are plans for the dog to be involved in therapy work, and especially psychotherapy or play therapy, then it is important that the dog is suitable for those purposes as well. Not all dogs are appropriate for all families or all types of work. Most people want a friendly, calm, stable dog who will fit in well with their lifestyle. Therapists need dogs who will be able to perform and enjoy the work that is asked of them.

This self-paced online course has been developed to provide practical and up-to-date information that will help you acquire a dog who is more likely to fit well with your family and work, helping you make a more informed choice. It is designed to help you determine the attributes that you want or need in the dog, and to help you look more fully for those characteristics in the puppies or dogs being considered. Information is provided about acquiring puppies from responsible breeders as well as how to adopt dogs from rescues or shelters.  The following sections are included:

  • Introduction
  • Lifestyle Considerations
  • Dog Breeds
  • Puppy Mills, Backyard Breeders, & Reputable Breeders
  • Rescue Dogs
  • When Should I Acquire a Dog?
  • Individual Characteristics of Dogs
  • Observations & “Tests” – How to Evaluate the Dog
    1. Observations
    2. Available Assessment Tools
    3. Creating Your Own “Tests”
    4. Selection for Animal Assisted Play Therapy & Other Therapy Work  
  • Selection Help from Canine Professionals
  • Socialization & Training Considerations
  • Keeping in Touch: Well-being & Changes
  • Other Resources

This course consists of a PowerPoint presentation in PDF format. It has detailed information, photographs to illustrate, and links to articles, videos, and other resources that might be useful in selecting a new puppy or dog.This course is not designed as a continuing education offering, but the other courses listed below do offer continuing education for mental health and canine professionals.

This online course is offered as a stand-alone program. Simply click the Register link below the Further Course Information section if you wish to take this course. Registration fee includes all course materials.

Instructor

Risë VanFleet, PhD, RPT-S, CDBC

Licensed Psychologist; Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor; Certified Dog Behavior Consultant

Further Course Information

This course consists of a self-paced PowerPoint presentation supplemented by videos and documents. It is not a continuing education course when taken alone. Our other programs do provide continuing education, however.

After you register for this course, you will be sent a password to enter the course. This password is changed each quarter (~January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1). Should you need to renew access to the course beyond the quarter in which you first register, simply contact Dr. Rise VanFleet to obtain the new password. One renewal is permitted per registration without additional charge.

You are permitted to make one personal copy of the course materials. This is for your own personal use only. Any further copies or use of any of the course materials must be approved in advance and in writing in accordance with U.S. and international copyright laws. The password may not be shared with anyone outside your immediate family.

If you have any questions about this course, please contact Dr. Risë VanFleet at rise@risevanfleet.com.

Register for the Selection of Dogs Course

Enter the Course Lessons for Dog Selection

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INTRODUCTION TO ANIMAL ASSISTED PLAY THERAPY (OC-IAAPT)

Course Description

—This online course is designed to provide a brief introduction to Animal Assisted Play Therapy (AAPT), a form of psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and families that fully integrates the fields of Play Therapy (PT) and Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT). AAPT is useful for a wide range of psychosocial problems. This course covers the importance of the human-animal bond, the developmental and psychological relevance of nonhuman animals to children (and adults), an overview of animal play and its importance, definitions of AAT, PT, and AAPT, the philosophy and guiding principles of AAPT, specific goal areas that are addressed, a detailed introduction to AAPT, and resources and training programs available to develop the necessary competencies to conduct AAPT.

Successful completion of this course is a prerequisite for the live 4-day Animal Assisted Play Therapy Level 1 workshop offered regularly in the US and the UK, and it is included at a discounted rate within the registration fees for the AAPT Level 1 workshop (see details of the live AAPT, Level 1 workshop at www.playfulpooch.org, under Training. If you have already registered for the AAPT 1 workshop, you do not need to register here. You will be sent the password needed to enter this course.).

This course can also be taken as a stand-alone program–simply click the Register link if you wish to do it that way. Registration fee includes all course materials except the textbook.

Instructor

—Rise VanFleet, PhD, RPT-S, CDBC

Further Course Information

—This course consists of a self-paced Powerpoint presentation supplemented by videos, articles, and book readings. It is eligible for 10 continuing education credits/contact hours, distance learning for most mental health professionals. For more information on our mental health continuing education approvals, as well as canine and equine professional continuing education approvals, please return to the Courses page.

After you register for this course (as a stand-alone course or as part of the AAPT Level 1 workshop), you will be sent a password to enter the course. This password is changed each quarter (~January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1). Should you need to renew access to the course beyond the quarter in which you first register, simply contact Dr. Rise VanFleet to obtain the new password. One renewal is permitted per registration.

You are permitted to make one personal copy of the course materials. This is for your own personal use only. Any further copies or use of any of the course materials must be approved in advance and in writing in accordance with U.S. and international copyright laws.

Required Textbook (sold separately):

VanFleet, R. (2008). Play Therapy with Kids & Canines: Benefits for Children’s Developmental and Psychosocial Health. Sarasota, FL: Professional Resource Press.

This is available through most booksellers as well as in our store.

Register for Intro to AAPT Course

Enter the Course Lessons for Intro to AAPT

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CANINE COMMUNICATION IN ANIMAL ASSISTED PLAY THERAPY:
Recognizing, Understanding, & Responding to Body Language in Our Canine Co-therapists (OC-CC)

Course Description

Despite sharing our lives with dogs for years, it is often the case that we are unaware of the many ways that they are constantly communicating. They use virtually every part of their body to communicate, and the study of canine body language provides us with a deeper understanding of our dogs. This course is designed to help you become more aware of the ways that dogs communicate and why it is so important for you to become  adept at observing and understanding what they are saying at all times, including during play therapy sessions.

Human co-therapists must be able to communicate effectively with each other to provide quality, coordinated services. Similarly, the human-canine co-therapy team must communicate well to ensure that sessions go smoothly. The well-being of clients as well as the dogs depends on it! Recognition and accurate interpretation of canine communication is probably the most important skill a therapist can develop to ensure safety for all involved, to make effective decisions during therapy sessions, and to maximize therapeutic gain. This course covers many details about dogs’ body language and offers some practice opportunities to build awareness and skill in this vital area.

Successful completion of this course is a prerequisite for the live 4-day Animal Assisted Play Therapy Level 1 workshop offered regularly in the US and the UK, and it is included at a discounted rate within the registration fees for the AAPT Level 1 workshop (see details of the live AAPT Level 1 workshop at www.playfulpooch.org, under Training. If you have already registered for the 4-day AAPT Level 1 workshop, you do not need to register here. You will be sent the password needed to enter this course.).

The contents of this course are relevant for those engaging in many forms of therapy dog work, as well as for others interested in understanding their dogs better. This course can be taken as a stand-alone program. Simply click the Register link below the Required Text and CD section if you wish to take this course. Registration fee includes all course materials except the textbook and CD.

Instructor

Rise VanFleet, PhD, RPT-S, CDBC

Further Course Information

This course consists of a self-paced PowerPoint presentation supplemented by videos and documents. It is eligible for 10 continuing education credits/contact hours, distance learning for most mental health professionals. For more information on our mental health continuing education approvals, as well as canine and equine continuing education approvals, please return to the Courses page.

After you register for this course (as a stand-alone course or as part of the AAPT Level 1 workshop), you will be sent a password to enter the course. This password is changed each quarter (~January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1). Should you need to renew access to the course beyond the quarter in which you first register, simply contact Dr. Rise VanFleet to obtain the new password. One renewal is permitted per registration.

You are permitted to make one personal copy of the course materials. This is for your own personal use only. Any further copies or use of any of the course materials must be approved in advance and in writing in accordance with U.S. and international copyright laws.

Required Text and CD (sold separately):

Byrnes, C. (2008). What Is My Dog Saying? Canine Communication 101 [CD PowerPoint Presentation]. Spokane, Washington: Diamonds in the Ruff.

Pelar, C. (2009). Kids and Dogs: A Professional’s Guide to Helping Families. Woodbridge, Virginia: C&R Publishing (Dream Dog Productions).

Both are available in our Store.

Register for the Canine Communication Course.

Enter the Course Lessons for Canine Communication Course

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ESSENTIALS OF CANINE BEHAVIOR & TRAINING FOR AAPT:
Building the Therapeutic Partnership (OC-EBT)

Course Description

This self-paced course has been created to provide the practitioner of Animal Assisted Play Therapy or other Animal Assisted Interventions with a solid background in canine behavior and training. It is likely to be useful to others who wish to learn more about canine socialization, behavior, and training, and how these relate to our relationships with dogs as well as to the work we ask them to do.

Included lessons are as follows: (1) the therapeutic partnership; (2) the nature of dogs; debunking the myths; (3) socialization; (4) overview of dog training; (5) learning principles (theory); (6) positive training concepts; (7) dog training applications; (8) more training applications and resources; (9) the dog’s welfare. The course consists of a PowerPoint presentation, links to supporting documents, the textbook (sold separately), video presentations and examples, and detailed examples of how to train a number of key behaviors.

Successful completion of this course is a prerequisite for the live 4-day Animal Assisted Play Therapy Level 2 workshop offered regularly in the US and UK (see details of the live AAPT Level 2 workshop at www.playfulpooch.org, under Training. If you have already registered for the Level 2 training, you do not need to register for this course here. You will be sent the password needed to enter the course.)

Registration: This course can be taken as a stand-alone program, and is recommended for those involved in animal assisted therapy/interventions as well as those interested in learning about the topic. Simply click the Register link below the Required Textbook section if you wish to take this course. Registration fee includes all course materials except the textook.

Instructor

Risë VanFleet, PhD, RPT-S, CDBC

Further Course Information

This course consists of a self-paced PowerPoint presentation supplemented by videos and documents. The course is eligible for 10 continuing education credits/contact hours, distance learning for most mental health professionals. For more information on our mental health continuing education approvals, as well as canine and equine professional continuing education approvals, please return to the Courses page. If you have any questions about eligibility for CE credits, please contact Dr. Risë VanFleet.

This course is included in the registration fees for the Level 2 Animal Assisted Play Therapy training program. It is also available for purchase as a stand-alone course. After you register, you will be sent a password and instructions for entering the course. The password is changed each quarter (January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1). Should you need to renew access to the course beyond the quarter in which you first register, simply contact Dr. Risë VanFleet at the end of the quarter to obtain the new password. One renewal is permitted per registration.

You are permitted to make one copy of the course materials. This is for your personal use only. Any further copies or use of any of the course materials must be approved in advance and in writing in accordance with U.S. and international copyright laws.

Required Textbook (sold separately):

Dennison, P. (2015). You Can Train Your Dog: Mastering the Art and Science of Modern Dog Training. Blairstown, NJ: Shadow Publishing. ISBN: 978-0-9966655-0-6.

The text is available in our Store.

Register for the Essentials of Canine Behavior & Training Course.

Enter the Course Lessons for Essentials of Canine Behavior & Training

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EQUINE COMMUNICATION RECOGNIZING AND UNDERSTANDING HORSES’ BODY LANGUAGE

Course Description

This course is under development (expected 2013).  It will cover equine communication, with a focus on horses’ body language, how to recognize it, how to understand it, and how to respond to it.

 

 

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