IAAAP – The Israeli Association of Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy

The Israeli Association of Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy, a non-profit foundation, was established in 2007 to serve as the professional association for animal-assisted psychotherapists in Israel. The members of the IAAAP are responsible for evaluating the psychological needs of the client, providing psychotherapy according to these needs, counseling parents and others who are in contact with the child, providing supervision and conducting research. Animal-assisted psychotherapy (AAP) is appropriate for clients of all ages (children, adolescents, adults) who suffer from emotional, behavioral and/or psychiatric problems.


As detailed in the IAAAP’s bylaws, the professional status of the members of the IAAAP is based on their academic studies in governmentally recognized institutions of higher learning, participation in on-going clinical supervision, and conducting themselves in an ethical and proper manner, according to the IAAAP’s Ethics Code.


1) The advancement of the academic and professional development of the members of the IAAAP through continuing education and conferences, the advancement of the conducting and publishing of research in areas related to AAP, the advancement of professional discourse concerning professional issues and ethics, setting high and clearly-defined ethical and professional standards for the practice of AAP.

2) Creating a sense of community between members of the IAAAP, as well as encouraging the professional advancement of the members, and providing support and services to the members.

3) Development of clinical supervision specific to the area of AAP

4) Advancement of the recognition, by relevant governmental bodies, of AAP as an effective field of psychotherapy

Requirements for membership in the AAP

  • B.A. or B.S. in a field related to therapy or life sciences, prerequisite courses in psychology
  • Post-graduates studies in an AAP training program which includes 1100 hours of academic study in areas related to AAP (psychology, psychotherapy, psychiatry, ethics, the human-animal bond, animal sciences, studies in the theory and practice of AAP), group and individual supervision
  • 750 hours of field work, including at least 400 direct therapy hours in governmentally recognized institutions
  • Continuing individual clinical supervision  מועמדים לחברות הם בוגרים טריים שיש להם עוד שעות התנסות לסיים לפני קבלתם כחברים מלאים.
אתם כאן: דף הבית English IAAAP – The Israeli Association of Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy
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