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Animal Assisted Therapy



The Human Animal Bond and Animal Assisted Therapy Center for Excellence is located in the School of Nursing and runs in conjunction with Professional and Continuing Education (PACE). Keeping with the main objectives of the Center, the program will become the primary resource for all things related to the Human Animal Bond and Animal Assisted Therapy and will contribute to research and literature within the area of study.  A key component to this program is the implementation and advancement of ethical standards and competencies to be used as an industry standard by both professionals and volunteers in the field of HAB and AAT.

Animal Assisted Therapy

Animal assisted therapy offers a positive behavioral support intervention for young people with severe emotional or behavioral problems as well as provides emotional, psychological and physiological support for the critically ill, elderly, physically impaired and more. The difference you will make in the lives of others will be extremely rewarding. Animal assisted therapy has also been effective in nursing homes, counseling centers and hospitals. A diverse range of people can apply animal assisted therapy to their professional careers, including: nurses, teachers, counselors, physical therapists, sociologists, and more. If you are interested in learning the differences between Animal Assisted Therapy and Animal Assisted Activities, watch this five-minute video.

Those interested in enro
lling should complete an admission application.  For questions contact Amy Johnson at johnson2@oakland.edu.



Faculty and staff:

Amy Johnson, MAT, MA, LPC, TLS, CPDT-KA
(248) 364-8704
Johnson2@oakland.edu

Cindy Sifonis, Ph.D. 
sifonis@oakland.edu

Marilyn Childers, MSN, RN
childers@oakland.edu

CJ Bentley
cjbentley@michiganhumane.org
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