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Level 3 Diploma in Animal Assisted Intervention

Ofqual Code .
Qualification Level 3
Award type Diploma
Guided Learning Hours 262
Study Mode Online
Start Date Anytime
Enrolment will be valid for 1 year
Entry Criteria Open to anyone over the age of 16
Assessment Method Variety of in-depth assessments for each unit
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Unit 1

1. Background 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

2. Animal Assisted Intervention in practice

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

3. Responsibilities and legal requirements

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

4. Animal Assisted Intervention 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 5

5. Matching Clients and Animals

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

Unit 6

6. Welfare, Training and Identification of 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 7

7. Understanding disabilities and the benefits of Animal Assisted Intervention

In this unit, learners will understand mental and physical disabilities where animal assisted intervention may be of benefit. Learners will also understand learning disabilities and cognitive conditions, as well as gaining an understanding of disability awareness when working with animals.

Unit 8

8. Animal Assisted Intervention Roles and Training Sessions

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

Unit 9

9. Animal Assisted Intervention Practical Training and application

minimum student age: 16 years


As part of this qualification, we include online Webinars.

Online training negates the need for travel or overnight accommodation in many cases and also allows access to overseas students. The teaching for this unit ensures your learning meets the assessment criteria for the qualification.

Unit 10

10. Assessing and Training of Dogs for Animal Assisted Intervention

You will learn skills that will enable you to demonstrate assessing and training of dogs for animal assisted intervention work. Learners will also demonstrate how to assess the appropriate method of training for an individual dog and recognise subtle body language.

*You will have access to the course for 12 months only, after which, you can purchase extensions.

Animal Assisted Therapy Intervention Course

Through this Animal Assisted Intervention qualification, 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; whereas 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.

Intervention Therapy 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.

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