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Training for Professionals

AATPC provides training and Certification in Animal Assisted Therapy and Psychotherapy that meets the Competencies defined by the American Counseling Association (ACA).

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Our training opportunities are designed for professionals and students in the Human Services fields including:
  • Psychotherapists, counselors and psychiatrists in:

    • Private practice

    • Community mental health

    • Residential treatment centers

    • Other counseling centers

  • Social workers

  • Case managers

  • Teachers, school psychologists and school counselors

  • Healthcare workers

    • Physicians

    • Nurses

    • Social workers

    • Discharge planners

  • Others in helping professions


Training Goal

To advance the field of Animal Assisted Psychotherapy by training qualified mental health professionals in the ethical and humane integration of animals into the therapeutic setting.

Training Opportunities

Certificate of Education in Animal Assisted Psychotherapy

This online self-paced program is comprised of six (6) post-graduate level courses. It has been designed to meet (and in many areas exceed) all of the ACA competencies

Training Intensives

Participants enjoy learning and practicing skills with the help of our therapy animals. Appropriate for anyone interested in learning the basics of Animal Assisted Therapy. 

Videos and Webinars in Animal Assisted Therapy

Include both basic and more advanced topics in Animal Assisted Therapy. (May qualify for Continuing Education Hours.) 

Agency Training

AATPC trainers can come train your staff in Animal Assisted Therapy or Animal Assisted Psychotherapy.

Coaching and Consultation 

For individuals, organizations and agencies who are interested in learning more about Animal Assisted Psychotherapy and the various career options and programs related to the field.

Receive a $200 Discount when you enroll in both the Online Certificate Program and 3-Day Intensive and pay for both in full!

Professional Affiliations

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