Proceedings of the 2024 AAPT Conference


12 total continuing education credits/clock hours will be awarded to participants who watch the entire conference and complete the necessary assessments (choose the CE credits option below when you register).


Now available as an online course!

On April 17-18, 2024, we held our fourth annual online Animal Assisted Play Therapy® Conference. It featured 12 presentations which are now available, collectively, as a self-paced online course. 12 continuing education credits are available for an additional fee and for those who complete the entire course and the assessment. The topics and presenters are listed below. The full schedule and many more details are in this flyer. Questions may be directed to

TOPICS (presenters)

  • Curious Calico or Talkative Tabby? Assessing Your Animal’s Appropriateness for AAPT Work (Jacque George)
  • Preparing Your Canine for Nondirective Animal Assisted Play Therapy® (Dr. Mary Rottier & Dr. Jennifer Main)
  • No Office? No Problem! Taking Animal Assisted Play Therapy® on the Road (Cyndie Kieffer)
  • The Combined Use of EMDR and Animal Assisted Play Therapy® Compatibility & Applications (Jeri Yingling)
  • What Is My Horse Saying and Why Does It Matter? (Ann Elliot)
  • ABCs and 123s: Applying Animal Assisted Play Therapy® Principles in Schools (Jennifer Ganz)
  • AAPT Group Application in School Settings: A Journey of a Healing Dog and Elementary School Students in Taiwan (Pei-Jyun, Chen & Shih-Yin, Wu)
  • Just Let It Play Out: A Look at Animal Assisted Play Therapy® in Action (Emily Boatwright)
  • Worth More Than a Guinea: The Value of Guinea Pigs in AAPT (Dr. Mary Rottier)
  • Collaboration in AAPT: Working as a Team Across Therapy and Alternative Education (Sheli Brown & Carly McCarthy)
  • Retirement and/or Death of the Therapy Animal: Helping Clients and Therapists Through the Grieving Process (Teri Holamon)
  • Competencies Needed for Animal Assisted Play Therapy® & Other Animal-Assisted Services What They Are, Why They Are Needed, How to Learn and Demonstrate Them
(examples for dogs, horses, and other species) (Dr. Risë VanFleet & Tracie Faa-Thompson, Co-creators of AAPT)


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