Consortium

Consortium for Animal Assisted Therapy (CAAT)

 

Photo of Dr Chandler

Dr. Cynthia Chandler and therapy dog Rusty
 founded the CAAT in 2002.

 

What is AAT?

Animal assisted therapy (AAT) is working in partnership with a pet to offer educational and therapeutic services to persons of all ages.

CAAT Mission Statement

The Consortium for Animal Assisted Therapy (CAAT) at the University of North Texas (UNT) was established in 2002 to support the field of animal assisted therapy. The CAAT promotes human and animal welfare through the partnership of people and pets. The mission of the Consortium for Animal Assisted Therapy (CAAT) at the University of North Texas is to train professionals and volunteers to work with their pets to: 1) facilitate the development  of students in Kindergarten through 12th grade  with pet-assisted educational programs; and 2) enhance the emotional well-being of persons of all ages through positive human-animal interactions.  The CAAT has three primary focus areas:  1) training, 2) research and 3) community services. The CAAT is a nonprofit service that is supported by charitable donations. Gifts large and small are most welcome. If you wish to make a charitable donation to the CAAT contact:

Office of Development
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #311250
Denton, TX 76203-5017

Phone: (940) 369-8200 | (800) 868-1153
E-mail: giving@unt.edu

To learn more about CAAT activities contact Dr. Cynthia Chandler (cynthia.chandler@unt.edu)

Director, Consortium for Animal Assisted Therapy
Counseling Program
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #310829
Denton, TX 76203-5017

Phone: (940) 565 2910
E-mail: cynthia.chandler@unt.edu

CAAT Programs and Activities

The Consortium for Animal Assisted Therapy at the University of North Texas is involved in a number of existing and evolving programs and activities, in research and community service.

Community Service

Students trained in AAT techniques work as interns in surrounding community agencies and schools.

Research

The CAAT supports faculty and student research in AAT by sponsoring a variety of projects in collaboration with local and regional community agencies and schools.

Networking and Information Services.

We list a number of resources on this website that may be useful to you. And during our training sessions we provide you with bountiful information and resources about animal assisted activities and therapy.

Our faculty and staff at the CAAT are more than willing to come and speak to schools and community groups about animal assisted therapy.

CAAT Training Opportunities

The CAAT sponsors three types of training 1) Introductory Weekend Workshop, 2) Advanced Weekend Workshop, and 3) university course. You do not need to have a pet to take the workshop or course trainings.

Weekend workshops are typically offered once per year in the spring. Persons from a variety of health, mental health, or other human services fields can benefit from this training. The introductory workshop trains persons to work with their pets to provide animal assisted educational and social activities on a voluntary or professional level. The advanced workshop trains persons to work with their pets to provide professional therapeutic and educational services. The introductory workshop is a prerequisite to the advanced workshop. You can download the registration form from the CAAT website or call and request one through the mail.

AAT university course - offered once a year, COUN 5530, Animal Assisted Therapy. This course teaches intervention techniques for working with your pet to provide professional therapeutic or educational services. It provides a more in depth study than the advanced workshop. This course is open to both professionals and students who desire training. Persons from a variety of health, mental health, or other human services fields can benefit from this training. You may enroll in the course as a non-degree seeking student.

CAAT Faculty and Staff

The Director of the Consortium for Animal Assisted Therapy is Dr. Cynthia K. Chandler. She is a professor in the Counseling Program of the College of Education at the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton, Texas. She holds a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology from Texas Tech University. She has earned awards for her work in counseling, biofeedback therapy, supervision, and animal assisted therapy. She is licensed or certified in the following areas: mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, and animal assisted therapy. She is also a certified supervisor and trainer in each of these fields. She has a number of professional publications and state, national, and international presentations. Dr. Chandler is a registered Pet Partner through the national therapy animal organization Pet Partners. She developed and teaches the Animal Assisted Therapy Course at UNT. She is the founder of the Consortium for Animal Assisted Therapy. To contact Dr. Cynthia Chandler, e-mail cynthia.chandler@unt.edu, or telephone 940-565-2910 or 940-565-2914, or fax 940-565-2905.

The Student Assistant Staff of the Consortium for Animal Assisted Therapy are undergraduate and graduate students at the University of North Texas who have an interest in animal assisted therapy, many of who volunteer their time and skills to support this field.