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Course Description

Animals have been a part of our lives as long as we have been on the planet. The health benefits of the human-animal bond are far reaching. From guide dogs, to watching fish in an aquarium, to swimming with dolphins, animals provide us with companionship, assistance, exercise, a sense of calmness, sensory stimulation, and a level of acceptance that is often difficult to find from any other source.

Course Purpose

The goal of this course is to provide an overview of the history and purpose of animal-assisted therapy, to describe the theoretical background of the therapy, to explore the benefits of this type of therapy for humans, to examine several common types of animal-assisted therapy, and to review guidelines for developing an animal-assisted therapy program.

Course Objectives

Upon completion you will be able to do the following:

  1. Describe the history of animal-assisted therapy.
  2. State the purpose of animal-assisted therapy programs and differentiate between the types of therapy animals.
  3. Describe three theories that attempt to explain the therapeutic effects of human interactions with companion animals.
  4. State the settings in which animal-assisted therapy is utilized.
  5. List at least three benefits of animal-assisted therapy.
  6. Identify four types of animals used in animal-assisted therapy.
  7. State guidelines for animal-assisted therapy programs.
  8. Describe the role of the health care provider relative to the human-animal connection.

Topics

  • Advance Practice
  • Behavioral Health
  • Brain Health
  • Case Management
  • Complementary and Alternative Health
  • Gerontology
  • Holistic Health
  • Home Health
  • Hospice
  • Integrative Health
  • Long-Term Care
  • Men’s Health
  • Mental Health
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Oncology
  • Pain Management
  • Palliative Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatric Health
  • Social Work
  • Stress Management
  • Wellness
  • Women's Health

Professions

  • Acupuncture
  • Dietetics/Nutrition
  • Health Care Administration
  • Health Education
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Other
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Social Work

Accreditation

American Board of Managed Care Nursing - The American Board of Managed Care Nursing recognizes all of ALLEGRA Learning Solutions' ANCC accredited courses for continuing education credit for Certified Managed Care Nurses (CMCNs).

ANCC—American Nurses Credentialing Center - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

AOTA—American Occupational Therapy Association - American Occupational Therapy Association

ASWB—Association of Social Work Boards - Association of Social Work Boards

California Board of Behavioral Sciences - California Board of Behavioral Sciences Provider Number PCE 1564. Course meets the qualifications for the stated hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

California Board of Registered Nurses - Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 14693 for the number of hours stated.

California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section - The California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section accepts continuing education offered by CA-BRN approved providers.

District of Columbia Board of Nursing - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions (CE Provider # 50-12076) submits all continuing education records to CE BROKER after successful completion.

Florida Board of Massage Therapy - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Florida Board of Nursing - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing education by the Florida Board of nursing (CE Provider # 50-12076). Courses are automatically submitted to CE Broker.

Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions (CE Broker Provider # 50-12076) submits all continuing education records to CE Broker after successful completion.

Florida Board of Respiratory Care - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions (CE Broker Provider # 50-12076) submits all continuing education records to CE Broker after successful completion.

Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions (CE Broker Provider # 50-12076) submits all continuing education records to CE Broker after successful completion.

Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions (CE Broker Provider # 50-12076) submits all continuing education records to CE Broker after successful completion.

NAADAC—The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors - ALLEGRA Learning is an approved provider with the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) (Provider #813).

NCBTMB—National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Provider Number 451562-11.

State Accreditation

ALLEGRA Learning Solutions courses are acceptable for continuing education in...

  • All States
  • Cost: $20.00

  • Contact Hours: 2.00

  • AOTA CEUs: 0.20

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