C-PTSD I/II Certification

Canine PTSD I/II Certification Course.

Become certified in C-PTSD I/II

The K9 PTSD Center can certify you in C-PTSD I/II, as the Lamonte/Morgan C-PTSDQ assessment for diagnosis of this disorder is the result of years of research at our facility. After many years of research, the first and only assessment for C-PTSD diagnosis was developed here. Once certified, you can administer this assessment to help heal your clients. After completing the course, you will be issued an ID number and listed as a certified C-PTSD specialist on our site.

  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinarian Technicians
  • K9 Trainers (Police/Military)
  • Dog Trainers
  • Animal Behaviorists

The 15-week course is offered two times per year and is limited to 10 students per semester. Classes begin in January and September. This is equivalent in length to one college semester. This is a hybrid course that will meet via Zoom once per week to discuss the section(s) assigned for your online work. There will be quizzes throughout the course and a final exam.

No, you do not need any other degrees to begin this course. However, you must be mentally prepared - this is an intensive course of study leading to certification whereby you will learn the neurobiology and physiology of canines, how to identify C-PTSD, the differences between C-PTSD I and C-PTSD II, how to administer the assessment, and best treatment options.

Your diploma will show that you are C-PTSD I/II Certified. Only those certified in C-PTSD will have access to our resources and the assessment used to determine whether a dog has this condition. Your name will also be listed on our website as a contact for people in your area looking for a certified professional. You will be required to earn continuing education credits each year to maintain this credential.

We will refund 100% of your payment if you need to cancel for any reason before the course starts. After the first week, we will refund 75% of your payment. After the second week, we will refund 50%. There will be no refund if you cancel after the third week of the course.

Identifying and Treating Canine PTSD I/II Certification Course (Course Outline)

A 15-week course for canine professionals

Instructor: Dr. Kathleen Morgan, Ph.D. in Comparative Animal Behavior, UC Davis, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Wheaton College, Norton MA, Director of Research, K-9 PTSD Center Seekonk MA

  • A review of some learning theory

  • Classical conditioning and its possible role in stress-related canine behavior
  • Operant conditioning and its possible role in stress-related canine behavior

  • The ABCs of applied behavior analysis
  • The LIMA principle
  • A deeper dive into the “4 quadrants” of behavior change
  • Eliminating a behavior using differential reinforcement

  • What is Stress?

  • Canine anatomy
  • Canine neuroanatomy
  • Species-typical canine behavior

  • What is stress?
  • Good stress and bad stress
  • How the brain and nervous system respond to stress
  • How the rest of the body responds to stress
  • Short-term and long-term stress and their potential effects

  • Week 6: A - the antecedents. Possible antecedents of stress disorders in canines
  • Week 7: B - the behaviors. Behavioral and Physical Manifestations of Stress in Canines
  • Week 8: C - the consequences. Possible outcomes that may reinforce the behavior

  • PTSD and C-PTSD as unique stress disorders

  • Physiological and neural manifestations of C-PTSD
  • Behavioral manifestations of C-PTSD
  • Using the Lamonte/Morgan C-PTSDQ Assessment Tool

  • Responding to C- PTSD

  • Recognizing and understanding triggers
  • Reducing/eliminating demands
  • The value of exercise
  • When psychopharmaceuticals might be beneficial

  • Training techniques that involve classical conditioning and systematic desensitization
  • Training techniques that involve operant conditioning
  • A case study for you

  • Upon completing this course, you will receive a C-PTSD I/II certification, allowing you to administer the Lamonte/Morgan-C-PTSDQ. Assessment for diagnosing C-PTSD.