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Child Centered Animal-Assisted
Therapy Association

Hooves of Hope Ranch hosts the Alberta-based trainings for the CCAATA. This professional training program is aimed to provide specialized training in animal-assisted therapy for those working with children & adolescents. Trainings are offered in partnership with the Institute of Child Psychology.


The Child-Centered Animal-Assisted Therapy Association is a professional certification and training program. We believe in the power of the animal-human bond to help foster positive mental health outcomes in children and adolescents. Our organization offers a diverse array of opportunities for personal exploration & growth, professional development, and certification training within the area of Child-Centered Animal-Assisted Therapy (CCAAT).

We are committed to professional excellence in the fields of Animal-Assisted Therapy and mental health. We have developed an in-depth certification program that focuses on the bond between animals and children to promote healing, connection, and growth. We strive to ensure the safety of both the client and the animal assistant, while honouring the attachment needs of the child, and maintaining the highest levels of professional competence needed to facilitate this sacred work.  

CCAAT requires a unique and multifaceted set of skills. The purpose of this certification is to ensure elevated standards of practice in the field of Animal-Assisted Therapy as it pertains to working with children and adolescents.  Those who pursue and complete certification will have achieved the appropriate knowledge base, skills, experience, and competence to conduct Animal-Assisted Therapy activities to improve the mental health of children and adolescents in a variety of professional settings.

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