Animal Assisted Intervention Diploma Level 3

Animal Assisted Intervention Diploma Level 3
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£1500

Key Information

Code

Course Level

Start Date

GLH

Study Mode

Ofqual 603/5363/6

3

14/01/ 2020

370

Online & practical weekend in Lincolnshire

Ofqual regulated qualification

This qualification meets the Defra Higher Standard Animal Activity Licensing (AAL) requirements

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Course Fees

£1500

Instalment Option

£160 x 10 monthly instalments



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Unit 1

History of Animal Assisted Intervention

This unit explores the human-animal bond and how this relates to providing Animal Assisted Intervention. Gain an understanding about the history and science behind Animal Assisted Intervention and how Animal Assisted Intervention is used in practice.

Unit 2

The Use of Animal Assisted Intervention

Learn about the limits and contra-indications of providing Animal Assisted Intervention. This unit explores the positive effects of Animal Assisted Intervention, including: 
* How Animal Assisted Intervention is used in the rehabilitation of offenders
* How Animal Assisted Therapy can be used as therapy for child and adult disease and disabilities 
* How Animal Assisted Intervention and Animal Assisted Therapy can be used with children and elderly.

Unit 3

Legal Responsibilities 

This unit explores the legalities with regards to Animal Assisted Intervention including:

* The safeguarding of service users/clients and AAI staff/volunteers.
* The various insurances related to the sector. 

Unit 4

Disabilities and Animal Assisted Intervention

This unit studies various disabilities – both physical and mental and the key awareness of working with animals. Gain an understanding of disability awareness when working with animals, including how animals may affect a client group and vice-versa.

Unit 5

Selection, Training and Welfare of Animal Assisted Intervention Animals 

Learn about the correct selection methods for finding suitable animals and how to train animals using positive, force-free methods. Explore the selection and training process of Animal Assisted Intervention animals and learn how to identify animals that are not suitable for Animal Assisted Intervention. This unit also explores the welfare needs of Animal Assisted Intervention animals including normal animal behaviour and how to identify and minimise stress.  

Unit 6

Animal Assisted Intervention Roles Part 1: Standards

Explore the roles of those within Animal Assisted Intervention organisations. Learn about Animal Assisted Intervention standards. Study the role of handler within various organisations and the assessment process for Animal Assisted Intervention volunteer dogs.

Unit 7

Animal Assisted Intervention Roles Part 2: Skills 

Learn about the essential additional skills needed for various Animal Assisted Intervention roles and how to organise a successful Animal Assisted Intervention session.

Unit 8

Managing Personnel within Animal Assisted Intervention

Explore the processes of matching of clients to personnel and animals, and the importance and process of consent.

Unit 9

Animal Assisted Intervention Health and Safety 

Learn about the necessary Health and Safety requirements in line with current legislation and understand how to carry out risk assessments. This unit includes information about:
* Health and hygiene when working with animals. 
* Primary and emergency animal first aid. 
* Basic animal health checks.

minimum student age: 16 years 

2 Day Practical Training

This qualification includes 2 compulsory practical training days, to be held over one weekend.

Next Practical Training Date (Lincolnshire):  23rd and 24th May 2020

Animal Assisted Intervention Course

 

The Animal Assisted Intervention Course is of benefit to those wanting to work or volunteer  in the increasingly popular field of Animal Assisted Intervention.

 

Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI) is a type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment. The goal of AAI is to improve a patient’s social, emotional, or cognitive functioning. 

 

Animal Assisted Intervention services can help children, adolescents, adults and older people with mental health needs, physical or learning disabilities, to achieve increased health, wellbeing and quality of life.
 
Animal Assisted Intervention animals are selected by trained staff on temperament grounds to provide therapeutic visits to hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, special needs schools, prisons, etc.

 

A career in this type of work also involves the care and welfare of the animals working in therapy.

 

Animal Assisted Therapy

 

Through this Animal Assisted Intervention course, students will gain an understanding of animal assisted intervention and animal assisted activity and how these therapies work.
 
Learn about the training and selection methods used for different types of therapy animals and the protocols that are critically important to ensuring the welfare of therapy animals.
 
Various animals can be used for animal assisted intervention. Dogs are most commonly used as they are easier to take into nursing homes, schools, hospitals, prisons, hospices etc; where-as cats are more likely to find the experience stressful and try to escape.

 

However, all sorts of companion animals are utilised for therapy including horses, reptiles, rabbits, ferrets, etc. All assisted intervention animals are assessed for behavioural and temperament to ensure that they will react well to new and potentially unpredictable situations. Animal Assisted Intervention animals must be calm and comfortable interacting with people - it is important that the animal also gains positively from the process.

Animal Assisted Intervention for Children and Adults

 

Animal Assistance Intervention has been receiving growing attention as a legitimate form of treatment for many conditions in the scientific fields of nursing, medicine, and psychotherapy.

 

Interventions vary widely, from long-term arrangements in which patients adopt pets to short-term interactions between patients and a trained animal in structured activities. Learn how Animal Assisted Intervention and Animal Assisted Therapy can be used to stimulate the natural development of children and provide therapeutic care for the elderly.

 

Animal Assisted Intervention can also be used in the management of both developmental conditions in children and in the rehabilitation of offenders, as well as providing therapy for child and adult disease and disabilities.