School: School of Human Ecology
The M.A. Applied Psychology (Clinical and Counselling Practice) program offered by the School of Human (SHE) focuses on building skills in counselling adults and children in clinical and non-clinical settings. Non-human interventions have not been the focus of the teaching programs offered by SHE, though the awareness about Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) has been there, and students have been placed for fieldwork and internship with AAT agencies. There is a growing interest in AAT with several private organizations in India running short term certification courses on AAT. So far, in India, there is no University approved program in AAT, even though multiple organizations without any university accreditations provide certifications in AAT. Needless to say, there exists no standards in curriculum, practice, ethics and delivery in most of these courses even though it involves critical handling of the clinical population of humans along with animals.
The present curriculum for the ‘One year M.A in Animal Assisted Therapy’ offered by SHE and Canines Can Care, Mumbai, is based on the needs of practitioners across the country, aligned with the National Education Policy 2020. The program has been designed with professionals in mind, offered in a hybrid mode to develop knowledge and skills, along with practice through supervised field work and case presentations, while continuing to meet individual life and work demands.
1 year (2 semesters)
Delivery Format: Blended (online and offline), offered across two semesters. The number of contact hours for field work and some other components of the program are compulsorily offline.
Distribution of Credit Hours:
Number of Credits: 43
(Total Credits =23)
(Total Credits =20)
Fee Structure: This is a self-financing program
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