Just some of the benefits of AAI:
An inviting and warm environment
Increased feelings of relaxation
Improved mood and reduced depression
Improve the body’s response to stress
Increase self-worth and self-esteem
Help children and teens to feel safe in counselling
Learn by doing, not just talking
A comforting presence during tough times
Schools Mental Health Menu Fund
School Dogs and Therapy Dogs in Education – Evidence Based Training & Support
The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System recommended that government develop a fund to support schools to select the most suitable evidence-based mental health initiatives for their school. As a result, the Victorian government invested millions to create a new Schools Mental Health Fund. Underpinning the Fund is the evidence-based Menu. The Menu is a list of evidence-based programs and initiatives across three tiers on intervention designed to give schools confidence in identifying programs, staff and resources that will improve mental health and wellbeing outcomes for their students. Schools are required to spend their Fund allocation on Menu items or qualified mental health professionals (Vic. Gov. Education Dept. (2022) Schools Mental Health Menu. A guide to providing evidence for your program).
Lead The Way is delighted to have been accepted as an approved provider on the new Menu. We are approved to provide training and Certification for therapy dogs / school dogs to work with school staff, and to supply group therapy programmes delivered by mental helath professionals with their own therapy dogs.
We have designed a number of training packages specifically for schools which take advantage of our range of flexible training and support options. Packages are offered at a discounted rate and will assist schools to develop and deliver their own on site school dog / therapy dog programmes by training school staff to work with their own dog(s). Contact us for a copy of the packages available.
Clinical Programmes & Group Therapy
Lead The Way has a range of group therapy programmes which can be delivered to schools under the Menu. Our qualified Animal Assisted Therapists can also provide individual treatment under the Menu. For more information, please see our clinical site here.