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Harness the benefits of human-animal interaction and improve peoples' lives

This certificate prepares you to utilize therapy and crisis response dogs to enhance functioning of those you serve

Animal-Assisted Social Work Certificate

Offered by: Social Work

The increased knowledge of the benefits of human-animal interaction has led to greater demand for skilled practitioners who can address the many psychosocial needs of children and adults utilizing animal-assisted interventions.

Through specialized instruction, students will be prepared to utilize therapy and crisis response dogs in their professional practice settings to enhance functioning of those they serve.

The certificate courses can also be applied to the MSW degree if students later decide to complete the required course requirements.

SRU’s MSW program offers this certificate for those currently enrolled in the MSW program or for practicing professionals and non-degree seeking individuals who wish to enhance their knowledge and expertise of animal-assisted interventions:

Required courses (3):

  • SOWK 740: Animal-assisted social work practice
  • SOWK 744: Animal-assisted crisis response
  • SOWK 742: Animal-assisted social work with kids
    • OR
  • SOWK 743 Animal-assisted social work with seniors

Program Highlights

  • Flexible hybrid format
  • Hands-on training with therapy dogs
  • Expert, licensed faculty with doctoral degrees
  • Practical experience developing and providing animal-assisted interventions
  • This certificate can be earned simultaneously with the MSW degree


Attention: To apply for admission, please use the following link to  apply now.

  • $25 Application Fee
  • Official Transcripts- Undergraduate/Graduate (Official transcripts must be sent by institution via electronic transcript e-share to or via mail- faxed copies will not be considered official) 
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  • An essay explaining applicant's career interest and goals related to animal-assisted social work