Camden County College

Survey Course in Animal-Assisted Therapy & Animal-Assisted Activities
Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ
(suburban Philadelphia)
SPRING 2015 SemesterSaturdays, Jan. 24 – May 2, 2015

ChildWithTherapyDogFor students in the tri-state region around Philadelphia, the Survey Course in AAT/AAA at Camden County College is an excellent starting point for individuals seeking an introduction to the human-animal bond and its therapeutic applications. This general orientation Certificate course, offered each Spring since 1996, appeals to people who have pets that they think might qualify to be therapy animals, people seeking new career and volunteer opportunities, and professionals in such fields as health care, allied health, humane and human services, social work, and a wide array of therapies. No previous experience (or pets) are necessary.

The course provides graduates with a Continuing Education Certificate, and assists them in getting their pets registered so they may conduct animal-assisted interventions. The course connects students with an extensive network of handlers and facilities in a wide range of disciplines with applied AAT/AAA programs. Students learn to plan professional, ethical, goal-directed, individualized and group AAT and AAA programs that incorporate animal welfare.

The course’s goals are:
1. To understand the relationships between people and animals in a variety of cultural, historical and social contexts
2. To empower students to initiate animal-assisted interventions in various milieus.
3. To enhance students’ career opportunities and professional/personal development.
4. To build a resource network.

Course Description and Objectives
CCC-LogoThe course involves ten 3-hour seminars on Saturday mornings (Jan. 24 — May 2, 2015). Guest lecturers and the instructor present demonstrations and videos on timely topics. Several field trips are included.

Students have the option of registering their dogs in the national “Therapy Dogs, Inc.” therapy animal program.

Topics covered include…

• Health benefits of AAT, AAA, and the bond between humans and animals
• Tricks of the Trade: How to conduct quality AAT/AAA programs
• How to organize an AAT/AAA program
• Risk management and infectious disease control issues
• Field trips to see AAT/AAA at work
• How to get your pet registered as a therapist

Required Text:
Animal Assisted Therapy & Activities: A Study and Research Resource Guide for the Use of Companion Animals in Animal-Assisted Interventions (11th ed., 2015), by Phil Arkow.

Plus selected monographs and articles as appropriate

Tuition: $450 (MasterCard, Visa & Discover accepted)

To Register:
Register online at the Camden County College Continuing Education online registration service. Enter the Course Number: CE.ALH-001-01. Or Contact Camden County College/Continuing Education Office at 856-374-4955. Ask for Dr. Wendy Blume, or e-mail

For more information/To contact the Instructor:
• Phil Arkow – 37 Hillside Road – Stratford, NJ 08084 • 856-627-5118 •

SYLLABUS – Topics and presenters may include the following learning modules:
Introduction to the Human-Animal Bond and AAT/AAA
Phil Arkow: author, lecturer, AAT authority

How to Organize an AAT/AAA Program
Phil Arkow: author, lecturer, AAT authority

AAT/AAA in the Health Care Environment
FIELD TRIP: Virtua Hospital, Voorhees, NJ
FIELD TRIP: Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, PA

How to Register your Therapy Dogs
Barbara Silverstein, Therapy Dogs., Inc. evaluator

AAT with Autistic Children, Reading Programs, and Courthouse Programs
Lynne Robinson, Paws for People, Newark, DE

AAT with Children and the Elderly
Marjorie Shoemaker, Pennsauken, NJ

Animal Interventions in Social Work and with Special Populations
Jessica Hernandez, Therapy Dogs International

How to Start and Manage an AAT/AAA Visitation Program
Paula Kielich, Executive Director, Pals for Life, Wayne, PA
Cassie Gonce , PAWS for People, Newark, DE

Therapeutic Riding
FIELD TRIP: Pegasus Riding Academy, Philadelphia, PA

The Physiology of Human-Animal Interactions
Phil Arkow: author, lecturer, AAT authority

Risk Management: Minimizing Infection Risks in AAA/AAT
Phil Arkow: author, lecturer, AAT authority

Tricks of the Trade and Opportunities for Visits
Maria Santella, Leashes of Love, Cherry Hill, NJ

Service Animals
FIELD TRIP: Canine Partners for Life, Cochransville, PA

Fundraising and Grantwriting for Animal-Assisted Therapy and Activities
Phil Arkow: author, lecturer, AAT authority