Team Qualification Matrix

After teams have been evaluated, they must refer to the Team Qualification Matrix to determine the characteristics of the environments that they are qualified to visit. Teams can see how their skills and aptitude fit the combination of staff involvement and environment in those facilities. When considering a visit to a specific site or a specific area within a facility, we ask teams to consider the characteristics of the people at the facility, their personality and preferences, and the skill level and aptitude of their animal. For example, a well-trained, quiet cat might have the potential to be a great therapy animal, but not around loud teenagers in a program for delinquent behavior. On the other hand, a fearless, energetic dog might do well in that type of program but less well in a nursing home with frail, elderly people who easily lose their balance.