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. Fee: $35(USD). 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. These are available at a discount in our store under Playful Pooch Products.