Masterclasses bring together Australia’s experts in Animal-Assisted Interventions (Canine) to provide practitioners with cutting edge knowledge and skills in varied disciplines including mental health, education and activities co-ordination.

Masterclasses comprise one-day workshops designed to extend and enhance knowledge and practice of Canine-Assisted Interventions. Masterclasses are open to Certified and Advanced handlers. Please note: only Advanced Therapy Dogs may attend Masterclasses

AAI in Mental Health

This masterclass will focus on the theories and practices of AAT and NB-AAT in mental health. It is suitable for clinicians working in the mental health sector, such as psychologists, counsellors, social workers, welfare workers, OTs etc. Participants will learn to combine established and emerging theories of AAT with their current clients, and workshop interventions with other participants.

The masterclass overviews the roles dogs can play in addressing a variety of mental health issues. It reviews literature on the use of dogs in the treatment of stress, anxiety and other mental health related issues. It will also offer practical examples of the presenters use of the dogs in relational based interventions, empathy development, trust & safety building, sensory based intervention, boundaries, personal space and appropriate touch, social engagement, co-regulation, self-regulation, creative therapies and a range of frustration tolerance, patience development and even the use of the dogs in parenting skills.

Delivered in partnership with Jenny Dwyer Associates and Guest speaker Chelle Taylor

AAI in Trauma Treatment

This masterclass will focus on the theories and practices of AAT and NB-AAT in trauma treatments. It is suitable for clinicians such as psychologists, counsellors, social workers, welfare workers, OTs etc. Participants will explore the role of therapy dogs in interpersonal neurobiology, and develop an appreciation of novel animal-assisted trauma treatments such as EMDR. Opportunities to workshop interventions with other participants will be provided.

The masterclass reviews the neurodevelopmental impacts of trauma on regulation, and the role of dogs in facilitating co-regulation. There will be an overview of the ChildTrauma Academy’s Neurosequential Model, specifically reviewing the 6 Core Concepts of Neurodevelopment, the neurodevelopment of the stress response and attachment relationships with the aim of highlighting the role animals, specifically dogs can play in facilitating co-regulation as a pathway to self-regulation and re-organisation of key neural networks affected by missed developmental opportunities and/or trauma and attachment disruption.

Delivered in partnership with Jenny Dwyer Associates and Guest speaker Chelle Taylor

AAI in Education

This masterclass will focus on the theories and practices of AAE in school and educational settings. It is suitable for teachers, trainers, coaches and other educational staff working in a variety of formal and informal institutions. Participants will learn about the various ways therapy dogs are being employed to enhance educational and associated outcomes, including behaviour and classroom management, stress and welfare. Participants will learn about whole-of-population and individual approaches, and will have opportunities to workshop interventions with other participants.

Delivered in partnership with Gemma Olsen Patient Paws

Animal-Assisted Activities Co-ordination

This masterclass will focus on the theories and practices of AAA in visiting settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, schools or workplaces. Participants will learn about engaging customers in activities, understanding the limitations of visiting settings, partnering with professionals, and will have opportunities to workshop interventions with other participants.

Delivered in partnership with Gemma Olsen Patient Paws

AAI in Allied Health and Rehabilitation

Coming soon

Location: The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale St. Knoxfield Victoria 3180

Dates: All upcoming course dates can be found in our Training Calendar, and Application Form.

Cost: $350 inc GST

Times: 8.30 am to 4.30 pm

Note: A maximum of 15 Advanced Therapy Dog & Handler teams, plus up to 10 Certified Handlers will be accepted into this course. Please enrol early to avoid disappointment. A 20% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place in the course. Fees must be paid in full 28 days prior to course commencement.

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