International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy™

Strengthening relationships with playful human-animal interactions


Animal Assisted Play Therapy (AAPT) is a full integration of play therapy with animal-assisted therapy, primarily for mental health/ psychotherapy and education purposes. It is valuable in helping children, adolescents, and adults, and can be provided for individuals, groups, and families.


The certification program is rigorous and requires substantial work and dedication on the part of professional practitioners to achieve. The IIAAPT believes that stringent credentialing based on demonstrated competence is more meaningful as a statement of the professional’s commitment and achievement in the highest quality practice of AAPT with clients while preserving the humane treatment of the animals involved.

Download our Certification Program Manual (PDF).


Learn about animal-related online courses we currently have available including course descriptions and registration information.


Learn about our highly acclaimed state-of-the art training programs for professionals, held in several locations internationally every year.

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