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Animal-Assisted Play Therapy®
Audio CD
$219.99 USD
Now Available For Preorder
This item is expected to ship 4-6 weeks after the event on February 21, 2020.
Product Details
Audio CD - 4+ hours   Instructions
Multi-disc audio recording with electronic manual and instructions.
2/21/2020 - Available Now for Pre-Order
CE Available:
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  1. Appraise the difference between Animal Assisted Play Therapy® and other types of AAT and the animal’s role related to each.
  2. Determine 3 competencies including the impact of the human-animal bond in preparing to work with animals in Animal Assisted Play Therapy® sessions.
  3. Conclude 3 ways to meet client’s therapeutic goals by including animals in play therapy based practices.
  4. Analyze directive and non-directive play therapy-based approaches between client and animal.
  5. Align client’s therapeutic goals to appropriate Animal Assisted Play Therapy® interventions, with or without an animal present.
  6. Integrate animals in therapy sessions to enhance both verbal and non-verbal communication in client processing.
  7. Create an integrative plan of risks and safety needs including reading animal and client body language for signs of distress.
  8. Support how AAPT is grounded in well-established theories and practices in terms of child development, clinical intervention, play therapy, family therapy, and humane animal treatment.
Animal-Assisted Play Therapy®? (AAPT): A Relationship-Based Approach
  • Latest research: Hormone release, sensory response
  • Types of Animal-Assisted Therapies (AAT)
  • The importance of speaking the language of the animal
  • Client and animal therapeutic relationship building
  • Lessons learned from animals in therapeutic settings
Preparing Animal for Therapy Work
  • Is my animal cut out to do therapy work?
  • Tips to socialize your animal with other animals and humans
  • The “must have” AAT education
  • Selecting an animal species and breed
  • Positive-based training: Clicker work, lure/reward, shaping, and modeling
Align Client’s Therapeutic Goals to Appropriate AAPT Intervention
  • Varied animal roles and why it’s important to know the difference
  • Directive vs. non-directive interactions between client and animal
  • Align animal’s personality and interests with client’s needs
  • What sessions look like with an animal present: Video case examples
  • When to/when not to include animals in therapy
  • Options for when an animal isn’t appropriate or available
Apply AAPT to Treatment Goals for Clients with:
  • Trauma and attachment
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Anger and aggression
  • Trust and building rapport
  • Social-emotional regulation
  • Impulsivity and self-control
  • Social-communication skills
  • Setting boundaries
  • Empathy and patience
  • Stress and fear
AAPT in Clinical Work … From Start to Finish
  • Integrate AAPT with modalities you already use
  • Work through therapeutic goals to meet treatment plan with an animal present
  • Follow the lead of the animal and the client to process the clients’ needs
  • Determine what theories backed your animal involved interactions
Give Your Animal a Voice in Therapy
  • Animal body language: Signs of stress and resignation
  • ”No thanks, I’m not having fun anymore!” and what to do next
  • Strategies to help your animal relax and destress
  • Decrease burnout of your animal
  • Alternatives to when animals not present
Other Clinical Considerations
  • Client rights and when not to involve an animal
  • Informed consent
  • Documentation
  • Liability Insurance and waivers
  • Research, risks and limitations


Tara Moser, LCSW, RPT-S, CAAPT-S, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Florida, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, and Certified Animal Assisted Play Therapist Supervisor. She owns a private practice that specializes in play therapy and Animal-Assisted Play Therapy®. Tara is the founder of Pawsitive Kids Camp, a non-profit that integrates play therapy and Animal-Assisted Play Therapy® with rescue dogs and children. She has served in a variety of therapeutic capacities, including non-profit individual and family counseling, foster care, elementary school-based counseling programs, behavioral therapy for autism, drug intervention and prevention, supervised visitation, and domestic violence counseling.

Tara has created play therapy courses for local universities and taught as an adjunct professor. She travels the country training on play therapy and Animal-Assisted Play Therapy® to mental health, rehab and medical professionals, educators and parents. Tara is a graduate and past chair of APT’s Leadership Academy and has served on numerous APT committees, including Ethics and Practice, Nominations Board, Conference Program, Leadership Program, and Key Awards. She is the President for the Florida Association for Play Therapy. She has served locally and most recently as vice president for NASW-Florida, in which retaining members was a goal along with retention. Tara’s professional excellence has been recognized by the SW Florida Unit of NASW as 2009 Social Worker of the Year and 2017 Field Educator of the Year. She was also awarded the 2009 Viola Brody Award by FAPT. Tara and her team of therapists are often called for debriefing on Animal-Assisted Play Therapy® across the state, since they are the only credentialed therapists in this modality. She is the co-author of an award-winning children’s book, Bode the Beach Dog: Life is RUFF!, a book to help children overcome fear.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Tara Moser is the owner of Delta Family Counseling. She has an ownership interest in the Florida Association for Play Therapy; and The Beach Dog. She receives a speaking fee from the International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy. Ms. Moser receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Tara Moser is a member of the Association for Play Therapy.
Continuing Education Credits

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Continuing education credit information is coming soon for this non-interactive self-study package.

CEs may be available for select professions, as listed in the target audience. Hours will be dependent on the actual recording time. Please check with your state licensing board or organization for specific requirements.

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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Play Therapists
  • Addiction Professionals
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Behavior Analysts/Specialists
  • Case Managers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • School Administrators
  • Educators
  • Nurses
  • Nursing Home Administrators