Pet therapy is a popular and sought-after method for improving physical and psychological wellbeing. This animal therapy course is ideal for psychologists, counsellors, social workers or anyone wanting to work with animals for therapeutic purposes.
The Certificate of Pet Therapy is a professional development course that will teach you the benefits of animal therapy and how to work with animals to enhance psychological and emotional wellbeing in clients.
In this animal therapy course, you’ll learn how to work with animals appropriately in a therapeutic situation. You’ll learn how to work with people with a disability, children and older people and gain practical knowledge to establish your own pet therapy service.
On completion of this course, you will understand how animals and pets can be incorporated into therapy to improve physical and psychological health.
Unit - Pet Therapy
Unit 1 : Scope and nature of pet therapy
Animal and human relationships
Animal assisted therapy
Animal assisted activities
Animals used in pet therapy
Where can pet therapy be carried out
Who will benefit from pet therapy
Scientific research supporting pet therapy
Tension and stress
Depression and anxiety
Touch, affection and companionship
Immune system response and pain control
Structure and routine
Benefits to older adults
Pet therapy and children
Negative effects of pet therapy
Falls and tripping
Negative impact on pets
Human allergies and general health
Unit 2 : Mental health and physical assistance
Pet therapy research and mental health conditions
Agitation and cognitive impairments
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Transport and carriage
Unit 3 : Working with animals
Client possessive behaviour and bonding
Animal health and welfare
Species of animal
Medium animals (dogs and cats)
Suitability to the client
Preparing clients/animals for a session
Unit 4 : Applications for people with mental health conditions
Mental health conditions
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Autism spectrum disorder
Autism assistance dogs
The stress response
Other animal contributions to mental wellbeing
Unit 5 : Applications for people with disabilities
Pet therapy programmes for people with a disability
Service assistance animals
Seizure alert dogs
Diabetic alert dogs
Allergy detection dogs
Mobility assistance dogs
Physiotherapy assistance dog
Pet therapy dogs
Unit 6 : Applications for children
Pet therapy and children
Difficulties of pet therapy with children
The benefits of pet therapy for children
Children with mental health conditions
Pet therapy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Pet therapy and autism spectrum disorder
Unit 7 : Applications for older people
Pet therapy for the elderly
Grief and loss
Grief and pet therapy
Physical activity and pet therapy
Stress, blood pressure and anxiety
Stress, blood pressure, anxiety, and pet therapy
Cardiovascular disease and pet therapy
When the owner cannot care for the animal
Unit 8 : Establishing a pet therapy service
Pet therapy as business
Planning pet therapy services
Which animal is suitable
Marketing your services
Data protection and privacy
Free or paid-for services
Buying an existing business
Animal welfare considerations
General guidelines for animal health and welfare
Estimated duration 50 hours
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Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
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