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Certificate Course in Animal-Assisted Therapy: A Practical Model to Incorporate Animals in Your Current Treatment

Watch this certificate course recording in Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) and learn a practical framework that facilitates incorporating evidence-based AAT into your current treatment methodology. You will receive specific, practical examples of how to implement AAT to greatly improve treatment outcomes for children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric client outcomes in a surprisingly broad range of areas, including:

  • Reduce stress and anxiety and lower blood pressure
  • Lessen symptoms of depression and loneliness
  • Enhance mindfulness and attachment
  • Lessen the effects of trauma and PTSD
  • Improve human-to-human social functioning
  • Help people suffering from agoraphobia
  • Improve sensory recognition in people recovering from a stroke
  • Help individuals with learning disabilities and speech and language deficits
  • Improve Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
  • Assist addicts to remain clean and sober
  • Increase feelings of acceptance and belonging
  • And More!

You will receive resources to help you immediately implement your own AAT program, including how to select a therapy animal, tools to assess for the animal’s temperament, limitations and stress levels, and how to include AAT on a treatment plan and document it in the progress notes. Learn the latest research outcomes, solid neuroscience about the human-animal emotional bond and information about relevant laws.

AAT improves treatment outcomes in a wide variety of fields, including mental health, speech and language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, education and medical.


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Jonathan Jordan
12 Hours 38 Minutes
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13 Nov, 2018
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This online program is worth 12.75 hours CPD.



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Jonathan Jordan, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, has a love for both animals and neuroscience. For over two decades he has combined these two loves by incorporating animal-assisted interventions into his brain-based professional practice. For about a quarter century the has been affiliated with the Delta Society (now called Pet Partners), an internationally renowned organization dedicated to improving human well-being through nurturing interactions with animals. Jonathan is also a long-time member of the prestigious Society for Neuroscience, the world’s largest organization for the study of the brain, and is a charter member of the Society for Social Neuroscience. He has authored numerous articles and a book about using neuroscience to improve our everyday lives. He is currently writing another book about animal-assisted interventions that explains the neuroscience behind the human-animal bond. Over the years Jonathan, an experienced licensed psychotherapist and executive coach, has trained several of his own dogs to be therapy animals. Not only does Jonathan integrate his therapy dogs into his own practice, he also engages them with the clients of a variety of other medical and mental health professionals. He is passionate about motivating others to harness the power of the human-animal emotional bond to not only improve clinical outcomes, but to make the world a better place.

Jonathan began his career in the Himalayan kingdom where the Buddha was born. Having learned the language and immersing himself in the culture there, he discovered ancient Eastern practices that increased his ability to train his brain for self-development purposes. Jonathan later became a licensed psychotherapist in the United States and successfully blended these Eastern practices with Western knowledge to greatly improve the wellbeing of his clients. He was appointed a Faculty Fellow of Florida State University and through a series of nation-wide seminars he continues to train scores of other professionals in his unique synthesis of East-West brain-based practices that can greatly improve client wellbeing. Jonathan has also discovered that animal-assisted interventions can further enhance those outcomes, and improve the overall experience of the clinical process for both client and therapist.

Jonathan has also been successful in global corporations where led initiatives to create cutting-edge brain-based training and development programs for Fortune 500 companies that positively impact millions of employees worldwide every year. He is currently the president of a boutique business and personal development firm that utilizes brain-based practices to guide others to obtain greater success and satisfaction in their career, and life in general. In 2011, Jonathan was engaged by the United States Senate to deliver brain-based professional development workshops to the Senate Staff on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Speaker Disclosure:
Financial: Jonathan Jordan is the President and part owner of Global Change Management, Inc. He is a financial donor to Pet Partners; and Canine Companions for Independence. Mr. Jordan receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Jonathan Jordan is a member of the National Association of Social Workers; Society for Neuroscience; and Society for Social Neuroscience.

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  1. Utilize the KADRA Model to incorporate animals in your current treatment to improve clinical outcomes.
  2. Summarize the role of animals in enhancing mindfulness in humans to help reduce symptomology.
  3. Explain the difference between a therapy animal and a service animal as it relates to clinical treatment.
  4. Describe the difference between the roles of the animal handler and the treatment provider in a therapeutic setting.
  5. Summarize the research related to clinical outcomes of Animal-Assisted Therapy as it relates to assessment and treatment planning.
  6. Implement Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) interventions to reduce symptoms of trauma, stress, anxiety and depression in clients.
  7. Develop AAT interventions to treat deficits and disabilities related to speech-language pathology, occupational therapy and physical therapy.
  8. Construct a comprehensive treatment plan that incorporates AAT interventions to improve clinical outcomes.
  9. Differentiate between the major federal laws that impact AAT to inform clinical treatment.
  10. Articulate the definition of Animal-Assisted Therapy and how it differs from other animal-assisted interventions.
  11. Implement three different types of AAT that are included in the KADRA Model.
  12. Present specific attributes and characteristics to identify when choosing a suitable therapy animal for AAT.


A Framework to Harness the Power of the Human-Animal Bond in Treatment
  • The KADRA Model of Animal-Assisted Interventions
  • Incorporate AAT with other evidence-based therapies
  • The major categories of AAT
Mindfulness of Animals – Help Humans Thrive Not Just Survive
  • The neuroscience of the human-animal emotional bond
  • Why zebras don’t get ulcers
  • How animals help us overcome trauma
The Incredible Range of Therapeutic Benefits in Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT)
  • Evidence-based research and outcomes
  • Therapy animals, service animals and emotional support animals
  • Disorders that respond well to AAT
  • Enhance the therapeutic relationship
  • Limitations and potential risks

Treatment Planning and Goals
  • How to include AAT on a treatment plan
  • How to document AAT in progress notes
  • What you need to know about billing
  • Considerations for closure
  • Interaction techniques for client and animal
Practical Examples/Case Studies of AAT for:
  • Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
    • Trauma and PTSD
    • Anxiety and depression
    • Attachment
    • Conduct Disorders
    • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
    • ADHD
    • Social-emotional regulation
    • Loneliness and self-esteem
  • Speech-Language and Learning Disabilities
    • Dyslexia
    • Language and literacy
    • Vocabulary improvement
    • Increase verbal interactions and communication
  • Physical and Occupational Issues
    • Fine and gross motor skills
    • Standing balance
    • Stroke and geriatric issues
    • Sensory processing
    • Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
Start Your Own Animal-Assisted Program
  • How to choose your therapy animal: Qualifications and characteristics
  • Common and less common animal species involved in treatment
  • Dog training basics
  • Protocol for introducing animal and client
  • Organizations and resources

Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Educators
  • School-Based Personnel
  • Activity Directors
  • Addiction Professionals
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Nursing Home Administrators



Overall:      4.6

Total Reviews: 70


Betty Jo B - summerfield, Florida

"excellent course. "

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