Online Noncredit Course
Animal-Assisted Therapy
Offered in Collaboration with

Pet Partners
(formerly Delta Society)

Monday, February 2-Friday, February 20, 2015
Practice Week: January 26, 2015

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$120, .6 CEUs, CRN 145555

Approx. 6 Contact Hours
Self-Paced with Instructor Discussions Online

Approved for 6 Category 1 Continuing Education Credits
by the
NASW, NH Chapter, Authorization #2693

This noncredit course is offered in collaboration with Pet Partners, a nonprofit that fosters connections between humans and animals to improve people’s health and well-being by incorporating therapy, service and companion animals into their lives.

You will get comprehensive knowledge necessary to begin using Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) in your practice, as well as exposure to client assessment and treatment skills.

The course will take approx. six hours at your own pace, with opportunities for online discussions with the instructor. You’ll be emailed a detailed schedule and instructions upon registration.

After completion, you’ll receive a certificate from Pet Partners and UNH.

Course Description:
Animal Assisted Therapy Applications I, provides health care and educational professionals with the comprehensive knowledge necessary to begin using Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) in their practice and provides exposure to client assessment and client treatment skills vital to AAT. ATT is a goal-directed intervention in which an animal that meets specific criteria is an integral part of the treatment process. It is directed and/or delivered by a health/human service professional with specialized expertise and within the scope of practice of his/her profession. AAT is designed to promote improvement in human physical, social, emotional and/or cognitive functioning.  It is provided in a variety of settings and may be group or individual in nature.

This is a 4-week Online class including an introductory week where you must visit the class site to make sure you are able to login and access files.

You Will Receive Login Instructions in January
In January, individuals who are registered for this course will be sent an email with instructions on how to log into the online course. Please be sure to follow the directions in this email carefully.

You will also be emailed a detailed schedule and instructions before the class begins. A PowerPoint and a PDF of the AAT1 Course book and additional material for the week will be made available to you for downloading. While you may access the material at any time during the week there will be class discussion boards posted also with guidelines and time constraints. Students must participate in the discussions to receive a certificate. All assignments and discussions will be monitored by the instructor. 

Course Objectives:   

  • Identify three differences between AAT and Animal-Assisted Activities.
  • Identify two controlled research studies supporting the clinical AAT.
  • Identify four behavioral indicators of animal stress.
  • List three clinician responses to animal stress behaviors.
  • List three assessment criteria for client participation in AAT
  • State two questions a clinician should ask him/herself when addressing each of the four primary assessment areas.
  • Identify at least two issues that must be addressed in each of the three AAT treatment-planning phases: pre–treatment, treatment, post-treatment
  • State two strategies that can be used by clinicians to encourage reimbursement by third party payers.

About the Instructor

Jerilee Zezula, a veterinarian and retired UNH professor, was in private small animal practice before beginning her teaching career. Among the Applied Animal Science classes she taught were Human/Animal Bond and Animal Assisted Activities and Therapy. She has been participating in and coordinating animal assisted activities with students since the 1980s and has been part of a Pet Partner team since 1997. She is also a Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society) Handler Course Instructor and an Animal Assisted Therapy Applications 1 Instructor. She is currently service coordinator for ElderPet, a non-profit organization that promotes the human/animal bond in many ways--including therapy animal handler training and team evaluations.

About Pet Partners

The mission of Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society) is to help lead the world in advancing human health and well-being through positive interactions with animals. We help people throughout the world become healthier and happier by incorporating therapy, service and companion animals into their lives. For more information about Pet Partners, go to:

General Information

Course Login
In January all those who have registered for this course will be sent instructions about how to log into the online course. Please follow the directions in the email carefully.

Cost and Refund Policy
The cost of the course is $120 and includes course materials. Refunds, less a $25 processing fee, will be given if written cancellation is received at least 5 business days prior to the course start.

Participants will receive .6 CEUs (continuing education units) attesting to your professional development.

For More Information
About the Program: Call (603) 862-7380

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