Fundamentals of CCAATA (Saint Malo, MB) (2022)

We are committed to professional excellence in the field of Child-Centered Animal-Assisted Therapy.  We have developed in-depth certification program that focuses on joining animals and children that promotes healing, connection, and growth. We strive to ensure the safety of both the client and the animal asssitant, by honoring both the human-animal bond, the attachment needs of the child, all while endorsing high levels of professional competence needed to facilitate this sacred work.

This is the first training required to reach full certification through CCAATA.



Duration: 20 hours (2 days in-person & 5 hours adjunct e-course + assigned readings)

Dates: June 11-12, 2021

Location: Saint Malo, Manitoba, CAN

Time: 9:00am-5:00pm

Cost: $750 + GST

Purpose: In this introductory training, Practitioners will explore CCAATA philosophy, principles, and ethics. Attendees will engage in didactic learning, experiential exercises with a variety of therapy animals, and group discussions related to the field of animal-assisted wellness.

Who can Register: Psychologists, Counsellors, Family Therapists, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists, Teachers, Educational Assistants, Nurses, Child and Youth Care Workers, Psychiatric Nurses, Life Coaches (with diploma or bachelors degree with a focus on childhood development)


  • Engage in exploratory exercises to introduce CCAATA Practitioners to therapeutic work of Animal-Assisted Therapy
  • Explore the role of attachment when working with children and adolescents
  • Outline safety considerations when working with animals and humans
  • Explore the role of animals as assistants and partners in the healing process

More about the location of the training:
Lil’ Steps is a comprehensive wellness facility, specialized to treat both adults and children. Lil’ Steps offers everything from play therapy for children to animal-assisted counselling and summer camps.
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This training will be offered primarily outdoors, is only being offered to 10 participants (at this time), and all mandated AHS health measures will be taken to ensure the safety of attendees. Should this training be mandated to cancel by the provincial government, a full refund will be issued to all participants.