Intermountain Therapy Animals

 
Steps to Become a R.E.A.D. Team: Scottsy -From Tony Nevett 
1- Get registered with an animal assisted therapy group.
This will give you insurance during a visit, and some of the training you will need, to become a R.E.A.D. team. A couple national animal assisted therapy groups are the Delta Society (www.deltasociety.org) and Therapy Dogs Incorporated (www.therapydogs.com). A good website to find local animal assisted therapy groups is www.dogplay.com.
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-You could also check to see if we have any Affiliate R.E.A.D. groups or R.E.A.D. instructors, near you. Click here to search by state.
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2- Order the R.E.A.D. manual or the whole training package.
You can purchase these by calling our office at 877-485-1121. We require each R.E.A.D. team to own their own manual.
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3- Read the manual, watch the video (either online -all 3 parts of "Becoming a R.E.A.D. Team"- or through the DVD), and complete the registration packet.
The registration packet is in section 8 of the manual and consists of an application, policies and procedures, and a 35 questions written test. 
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4- Send everything to Intermountain Therapy Animals. 
Include the application, signed policies and procedures, 35 question written test, proof of insurance (with the expiration date showing), and the lifetime fee of $50. The lifetime fee covers you and one animal for life; as long as you stay current with your animals assisted therapy group. You will also need to send us a copy of your new membership card, with the expiration date showing, every time you renew with them. Each additional animal is $10. 
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Once we receive your paperwork, we review it and if everything is there, we send you, your membership card, R.E.A.D. dog tag, and letter saying you are registered with the R.E.A.D. program. It usually takes 1 to 2 weeks for you to receive this packet, after we receive your paperwork. Once you are registered with R.E.A.D., you will have access to our online discussion group and electronic templates for the fun stuff you will see in the R.E.A.D. manual.