This course will explore the foundations of animal assisted therapy using a variety of teaching materials and observing an animal assisted therapy visit. Students will learn about the history, theoretical base, key empirical research support, and ethics of animal assisted therapy as well as evidence based advantages and disadvantages of applications utilizing animal assisted interventions. The course will cover the populations of individuals and groups with whom animal assisted interventions are utilized as well as applications to educational, mental health, behavioral, criminal justice, medical and health care settings. The course is an introduction to the field of animal assisted therapy and will not allow the student to independently implement animal assisted therapy.
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Fall Semester 2014
Building 5, Room 414
M-F 8:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.