Animal assisted therapy

Members of the Charity work hard to meet the highest standards of Animal Assisted Therapy which are based on those established by the Delta Society – one of the oldest and most professional AAT organizations.

We put Delta Society’s principles into practice in two types of dog-assisted activities: AAT – Animal Assisted Therapy and AAA –  Animal Assisted Activities.
“AAT is a goal-directed intervention in which an animal that meets specific criteria is an integral part of the treatment process. AAT is directed and/or delivered by a health/human service professional with specialized expertise, and within the scope of practice of his/her profession.
AAT is designed to promote improvement in human physical, social, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning [cognitive functioning refers to thinking and intellectual skills]. AAT is provided in a variety of settings and may be group or individual in nature. This process is documented and evaluated.” (According to  Standards of Practice for Animal-Assisted Activities and Therapy).
 
The Key Features of AAT:
– there are specified goals and objectives for each individual,
– progress is measured.” 
(cf. http://www.deltasociety.org/Page.aspx?pid=320)

In order to comply with the standards above, people working for Psi Uśmiech Charity are qualified to work with disabled people. We  constantly improve our qualifications by participating in various seminars, courses and trainings, not only on the AAT.
We put emphasis on individual character of each meeting. Classes and sessions are carried out after the analysis of a participant’s medical and psychological records as well as other relevant documentation.
Another type of activities provided by the  Charity are dog assisted educational classes based on AAA (Animal Assisted Activities). A detailed description of the classes can be found under the following section: Educational Classes.