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Social Work

SOWK 4300A: Animal-Assisted Therapy

Course Description

This course is a starting point for individuals seeking an introduction to the human-animal bond and its therapeutic applications. The course connects students with an extensive network of handlers and facilities in a wide range of disciplines with applied animal-assisted therapy programs. Students learn to plan professional, ethical, goal-directed, individualized and group animal-assisted therapy programs that incorporate animal welfare.

The course assists students in earning American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen certification so they may prepare for therapy-dog training and certification. No previous experience (or pets) are necessary. There are no prerequisites for the course. This class consists of one class day on Texas State campus and one class day off-campus in the San Marcos community. $25 fee payable to Instructor for AKC Canine Good Citizen Testing Materials, off campus facility rental and course supplies, ONLY for those who intend to complete AKC Canine Good Citizen training and certification.

Instructor:  Stacie McGee

Note:  For specific course information including CRN, start & end dates, times, locations and cost, please visit the course listing in the CatsWeb - Schedule of Classes.

Applying and Registering:  Please review the information provided on our webpage - Registering for Extension.

For more information about the content of this course, contact Stacie McGee.
For more information about applying and registering in this course, please contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.