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Comprehensive Course in Animal-Assisted Therapy: A Practical Model to Incorporate Animals in Your Current Treatment

Jonathan Jordan, MSW, LCSW, ACSW
12 Hours 31 Minutes
Audio and Video
Mar 26, 2020
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Watch this 2-day comprehensive course recording in Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) and learn a practical framework that facilitates incorporating evidence-based AAT into your current treatment methodology. You will receive specific, practical examples of how to implement AAT to greatly improve treatment outcomes for children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric client outcomes in a surprisingly broad range of areas, including:

  • Reduce stress and anxiety and lower blood pressure
  • Lessen symptoms of depression and loneliness
  • Enhance mindfulness and attachment
  • Lessen the effects of trauma and PTSD
  • Improve human-to-human social functioning
  • Help people suffering from agoraphobia
  • Improve sensory recognition in people recovering from a stroke
  • Help individuals with learning disabilities and speech and language deficits
  • Improve Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
  • Assist addicts to remain clean and sober
  • Increase feelings of acceptance and belonging
  • And More!

You will receive resources to help you immediately implement your own AAT program, including how to select a therapy animal, tools to assess for the animal’s temperament, limitations and stress levels, and how to include AAT on a treatment plan and document it in the progress notes. Learn the latest research outcomes, solid neuroscience about the human-animal emotional bond, and information about relevant laws.

AAT improves treatment outcomes in a wide variety of fields, including mental health, speech and language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, education, and medical.


- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 12.5 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Jonathan Jordan, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, is a renowned licensed psychotherapist and clinical supervisor who has a love for both animals and neuroscience. For decades, he has combined these two loves by incorporating animal-assisted interventions into his brain-based professional practice. Over the years, Jonathan has trained several of his own dogs to be successful therapy animals. Not only does he integrate his therapy dogs into his own practice, Jonathan also works closely with a variety of other medical and mental health professionals to engage his therapy animals in their respective treatment modalities. He has co-developed a unique and evidence-based approach to animal-assisted intervention, the KADRA Model, which engages animals to enhance mindfulness in humans. Jonathan is a long-time member of the prestigious Society for Neuroscience and is a charter member of the Society for Social Neuroscience. Thus, he has extensive knowledge of both human and animal neuroscience research.

Jonathan is an international speaker and author on the topic of animal-assisted interventions motivating others to harness the power of the human-animal bond. He has trained thousands of professionals in his unique synthesis of East-West brain-based practices and AAT. Jonathan is currently writing a book about animal-assisted interventions that explains the incredible range of therapeutic benefits that come from the human-animal emotional bond. He serves as a faculty fellow of Florida State University and was engaged by the United States Senate to deliver brain-based professional development workshops to the entire Senate Staff on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Jonathan Jordan is the President of Global Change Management, Inc. He receives royalties as a published author. Jonathan Jordan receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Jonathan Jordan is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Society for Social Neuroscience.


  1. Utilize the KADRA Model to incorporate animals in your current treatment to improve clinical outcomes.
  2. Summarize the role of animals in enhancing mindfulness in humans to help reduce symptomology.
  3. Explain the difference between a therapy animal and a service animal as it relates to clinical treatment.
  4. Describe the difference between the roles of the animal handler and the treatment provider in a therapeutic setting.
  5. Summarize the research related to clinical outcomes of Animal-Assisted Therapy as it relates to assessment and treatment planning.
  6. Implement Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) interventions to reduce symptoms of trauma, stress, anxiety, and depression in clients.
  7. Develop AAT interventions to treat deficits and disabilities related to speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.
  8. Construct a comprehensive treatment plan that incorporates AAT interventions to improve clinical outcomes.
  9. Differentiate between the major federal laws that impact AAT to inform clinical treatment.
  10. Articulate the definition of Animal-Assisted Therapy and how it differs from other animal-assisted interventions.
  11. Implement three different types of AAT that are included in the KADRA Model.
  12. Present specific attributes and characteristics to identify when choosing a suitable therapy animal for AAT.


A Framework to Harness the Power of the Human-Animal Bond in Treatment
  • The KADRA Model of Animal-Assisted Interventions
  • Incorporate AAT with other evidence-based therapies
  • The major categories of AAT
Mindfulness of Animals – Help Humans Thrive Not Just Survive
  • The neuroscience of the human-animal emotional bond
  • Why zebras don’t get ulcers
  • How animals help us overcome trauma
The Incredible Range of Therapeutic Benefits in Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT)
  • Evidence-based research and outcomes
  • Therapy animals, service animals, and emotional support animals
  • Disorders that respond well to AAT
  • Enhance the therapeutic relationship
  • Limitations and potential risks


Treatment Planning and Goals

  • How to include AAT on a treatment plan
  • How to document AAT in progress notes
  • What you need to know about billing
  • Considerations for closure
  • Interaction techniques for client and animal
Practical Examples/Case Studies of AAT for:
  • Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders
    • Trauma and PTSD
    • Anxiety and depression
    • Attachment
    • Conduct Disorders
    • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
    • ADHD
    • Social-emotional regulation
    • Loneliness and self-esteem
  • Speech-Language and Learning Disabilities
    • Dyslexia
    • Language and literacy
    • Vocabulary improvement
    • Increase verbal interactions and communication
  • Physical and Occupational Issues
    • Fine and gross motor skills
    • Standing balance
    • Stroke and geriatric issues
    • Sensory processing
    • Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
Start Your Own Animal-Assisted Program
  • How to choose your therapy animal: Qualifications and characteristics
  • Common and less common animal species involved in treatment
  • Dog training basics
  • Protocol for introducing animal and client
  • Organizations and resources

The Legal Landscape

  • Major federal laws that impact animal-assisted interventions
  • Client rights and when not to involve an animal
  • Informed consent

Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Educators
  • School-Based Personnel
  • Activity Directors
  • Addiction Professionals
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Nursing Home Administrators

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