Animal-Assisted Counseling Academy
The Texas State University Animal-Assisted Counseling (AAC) Academy is a professional training program that promotes the human-animal bond through the study and practice of animal-assisted counseling and play therapy. The mission of the AAC Academy is to provide quality training in animal-assisted counseling that improves the well being of children and families through positive human-animal interactions. The AAC Academy offers a series of intensive workshops for graduate students and professionals to earn introductory and advanced training in animal-assisted counseling and play therapy. The AAC Academy offers a professional Certification in Animal-Assisted Counseling.
Frequently Asked Questions About the AAC Academy
Do I need to have an animal partner to participate in the AAC Academy?
Yes, the goal of the AAC Academy is to certify AAC teams (i.e., a practitioner and their therapy animal). Learn more at the Potential AAC Teams page.
What are the dates for the AAC Academy 2023 cohort?
You can find the AAC Academy 2023 schedule on the Schedule & Rates page.
Do I need to be a mental health practitioner to participate in the AAC Academy and become certified?
Yes, this is a certification program for mental health professionals. Learn more about this process on the Certification page.
How much does the AAC Academy cost?
The AAC Academy is an investment in you, your animal partner, and your future clients. The rates are listed on the Schedule & Rates page.
How can I apply to the AAC Academy?
Sign up for an AAC Academy Interest Meeting to learn more about applying to the program. You can learn about the application process and eligibility requirements on the Applications page.