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Masterclass – AAI in Mental Health (Closed)

17/06/2019
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

In this three hour workshop you will learn about the benefits of including animals in your therapeutic practice, and develop an understanding of the fundamentals of Animal-Assisted Therapy. The workshop will cover a range of topics of interest to mental health professionals, disability and human-service sector staff, educators, and those with a passion for pets and helping people.

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Therapy-Dog Drives (Re)Assessment Day

07/09/2019
Alpha Boarding Kennels, 8 Kiernan Road
Macclesfield, Victoria 3156 Australia

The (Re)Assessment Day for Drives is designed for people who would like to certify a new Advanced Therapy Dog (has not previously been assessed for drives during the foundation course), or gain drives competence prior to attending the Advanced Certification (if found not yet competent around animals, food etc). This half-day course provides an opportunity […]

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Foundation Certification for Therapy Horses – Closed for Enrolments

02/12/2019 - 06/12/2019

In conjunction with Equine Fusion, Lead the Way offers an intensive 5-day course for individuals wishing to train their pony/horse as a Therapy Horse for work in Equine-Assisted Interventions (EAI) or ‘equine therapy’.

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NEW DATES Emotional Support Dog Training – Full Time 5 days

20/04/2020 - 24/04/2020
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Based on the philosophies of Therapeutic Dog Training, this unique therapeutic program is part group therapy and part dog training. Participants are supported by mental health clinicians and professional dog trainers to develop strong and healthy relationships with their dogs. For those individuals who have a diagnosed disability, our team will support you and your […]

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RE-SCHEDULED Masterclass – AAI in Trauma Treatment – DATE TBC

10/08/2020 - 26/11/2020
Mullum Therapeutic Farm Panton Hill, Victoria 3759 Australia

ON HOLD - not accepting new applications at this time, pending COVID-19 restrictions DATE TBC 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. This masterclass will focus on the theories and practices […]

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Emotional Support Dog Training – Part time NEW DATES!

16/09/2020 - 02/10/2020
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Based on the philosophies of Therapeutic Dog Training, this unique therapeutic program is part discussion-based and part practical activities. Participants are supported by psychologists, mental health clinicians and professional dog trainers to develop strong and healthy relationships with their dogs. For those individuals who have a diagnosed disability, our team will support you and your […]

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POSTPONED Emotional Support Dog Training – Full Time 5 days

05/10/2020 - 09/10/2020
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

This course has been postponed due to COVID-19 Based on the philosophies of Therapeutic Dog Training, this unique therapeutic program is part group therapy and part dog training. Participants are supported by mental health clinicians and professional dog trainers to develop strong and healthy relationships with their dogs. For those individuals who have a diagnosed […]

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Foundation Therapy-Dog and Handler Certification

16/11/2020 - 21/11/2020
Mullum Therapeutic Farm Panton Hill, Victoria 3759 Australia

Lead the Way offers an intensive six-day course for individuals wishing to train their dogs as Therapy-Dogs for work in Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI). This course provides Certification as a Visiting Therapy Dog and Certified Therapy Dog Handler. This course may also be used as the first step towards obtaining certification as a Practitioner in Animal-Assisted […]

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Therapy-Dog (Re)Certification Day (online – Zoom)

03/12/2020

The (Re)Certification Day allows graduates to refresh and recap on their skills after graduation. It also allows teams to Re-Certify once their original Certification has expired (usually after 1 year). This course is also open to previous (human) graduates who want to certify a second or subsequent dog, and don’t feel they need to attend the […]

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Foundation Therapy-Dog and Handler Certification

14/12/2020 - 19/12/2020
Mullum Therapeutic Farm Panton Hill, Victoria 3759 Australia

Lead the Way offers an intensive six-day course for individuals wishing to train their dogs as Therapy-Dogs for work in Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI). This course provides Certification as a Visiting Therapy Dog and Certified Therapy Dog Handler. This course may also be used as the first step towards obtaining certification as a Practitioner in Animal-Assisted […]

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Masterclass – AAI in Education TBC

January 15
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

In this three hour workshop you will learn about the benefits of including animals in your therapeutic practice, and develop an understanding of the fundamentals of Animal-Assisted Therapy. The workshop will cover a range of topics of interest to mental health professionals, disability and human-service sector staff, educators, and those with a passion for pets and helping people.

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Provisional Handler Certification (Step One)

January 18 - January 20
live Online, Zoom and Matrix

Twice annually, this course is delivered live face to face in Melbourne: March and October 2021 This intensive short course runs live online over 2.5 days developing therapy dog handling skills from the comfort of your own home anywhere in Australia or the world. Students participate in live online workshops with our dedicated instructors interspersed […]

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Visiting Team Certification – Foundation (Step Two)

January 21 - January 22
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Delivered face to face in Melbourne, with social distancing and Covid-safe practices, this course is Step Two in our Certification programme. Running over two days (or three days with community visits – Covid permitting) it provides graduates with the Team Certification required to begin working together in Canine Assisted Interactions (CAI). Handlers who have previously […]

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(Re)Certification Canine

January 28
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Delivered as a single, face to face day in Melbourne (Re)Certification is an intensive and activity packed day running participants through all of the obedience, manners, application skills and scenarios that form the Therapy Dog and handler assessments. (Re)Certification allows graduates to refresh and recap on their skills after graduation. It also allows teams to […]

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Provisional Handler Certification (Step One)

February 1 - February 3
live Online, Zoom and Matrix

Twice annually, this course is delivered live face to face in Melbourne: March and October 2021 This intensive short course runs live online over 2.5 days developing therapy dog handling skills from the comfort of your own home anywhere in Australia or the world. Students participate in live online workshops with our dedicated instructors interspersed […]

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Visiting Team Certification – Foundation (Step Two)

February 4 - February 5
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Delivered face to face in Melbourne, with social distancing and Covid-safe practices, this course is Step Two in our Certification programme. Running over two days (or three days with community visits – Covid permitting) it provides graduates with the Team Certification required to begin working together in Canine Assisted Interactions (CAI). Handlers who have previously […]

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Emotional Support Dog Training – Full Time (Adult)

February 15 - February 19
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

This course is the delivered full-time over 5 consecutive days, and is suitable for individuals (and support person) who have the capacity to attend the training centre each day.  The content is primarily aimed at adults Based on the philosophies of Therapeutic Dog Training, this unique therapeutic program is part group therapy and part dog […]

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Advanced preparation & theory (Step Three)

March 1 - March 3
live Online, Zoom and Matrix

Delivered live online over 2.5 days, this course provides you with advanced applied CAI theory and teaches the skills to prepare your dog for advanced training and assessment. Forming Step Three in our Certification programme, the course is designed for graduate teams (handler & dog) who wish to extend their theoretical knowledge and practical application […]

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Advanced Team Certification (Step Four)

March 4 - March 5
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Delivered face to face in Melbourne over two days, this practical course consolidates the skills and knowledge learned during the online preparation course. This course is Step Four in our Certification programme, providing graduates with Advanced Therapy Dog and Handler Team Certification.   For a full description of this course, including pre-requisites, eligibility and prices, […]

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(One place remaining) Provisional Handler Certification (Step One) FACE TO FACE

March 15 - March 17
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

This course has just one vacancy. This intensive short course runs live online over 2.5 days developing therapy dog handling skills from the comfort of your own home anywhere in Australia or the world. Students participate in live online workshops with our dedicated instructors interspersed with online lectures on canine training, socialisation and behaviour. Participants […]

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Visiting Team Certification – Foundation (Step Two)

March 18 - March 20
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Limited places available! Delivered face to face in Melbourne, with Covid-safe practices, this course is Step Two in our Certification programme. Running over three days with community visits (Covid permitting) it provides graduates with the Team Certification required to begin working together in Canine Assisted Interactions (CAI). Handlers who have previously completed the Provisional Handler […]

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Provisional Handler Certification (Step One)

April 12 - April 14
live Online, Zoom and Matrix

This intensive short course runs live online over 2.5 days developing therapy dog handling skills from the comfort of your own home anywhere in Australia or the world. Students participate in live online workshops with our dedicated instructors interspersed with online lectures on canine training, socialisation and behaviour. Participants graduate with Provisional Handler Certification (Step […]

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Visiting Team Certification – Foundation (Step Two)

April 15 - April 17
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Delivered face to face in Melbourne, with Covid-safe practices, this course is Step Two in our Certification programme. Running over three days with community visits (Covid permitting) it provides graduates with the Team Certification required to begin working together in Canine Assisted Interactions (CAI). Handlers who have previously completed the Provisional Handler Certification can attend […]

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(Re)Certification Canine

April 29
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Delivered as a single, face to face day in Melbourne (Re)Certification is an intensive and activity packed day running participants through all of the obedience, manners, application skills and scenarios that form the Therapy Dog and handler assessments. (Re)Certification allows graduates to refresh and recap on their skills after graduation. It also allows teams to […]

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Provisional Handler Certification (Step One)

May 10 - May 12
live Online, Zoom and Matrix

This intensive short course runs live online over 2.5 days developing therapy dog handling skills from the comfort of your own home anywhere in Australia or the world. Students participate in live online workshops with our dedicated instructors interspersed with online lectures on canine training, socialisation and behaviour. Participants graduate with Provisional Handler Certification (Step […]

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Visiting Team Certification – Foundation (Step Two)

May 13 - May 15
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Delivered face to face in Melbourne, with Covid-safe practices, this course is Step Two in our Certification programme. Running over three days with community visits (Covid permitting) it provides graduates with the Team Certification required to begin working together in Canine Assisted Interactions (CAI). Handlers who have previously completed the Provisional Handler Certification can attend […]

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Emotional Support Dog Training – Full Time (Teen)

May 24 - May 28
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

This course is the delivered full-time over 5 consecutive days, and is suitable for individuals (and support person) who have the capacity to attend the training centre each day.  The content is primarily aimed at teens and young adults, and their parents/carers. Based on the philosophies of Therapeutic Dog Training, this unique therapeutic program is […]

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Provisional Handler Certification (Step One)

June 7 - June 9
live Online, Zoom and Matrix

This intensive short course runs live online over 2.5 days developing therapy dog handling skills from the comfort of your own home anywhere in Australia or the world. Students participate in live online workshops with our dedicated instructors interspersed with online lectures on canine training, socialisation and behaviour. Participants graduate with Provisional Handler Certification (Step […]

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Visiting Team Certification – Foundation (Step Two)

June 10 - June 12
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Delivered face to face in Melbourne, with Covid-safe practices, this course is Step Two in our Certification programme. Running over three days with community visits (Covid permitting) it provides graduates with the Team Certification required to begin working together in Canine Assisted Interactions (CAI). Handlers who have previously completed the Provisional Handler Certification can attend […]

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Advanced preparation & theory (Step Three)

June 21 - June 23
live Online, Zoom and Matrix

Delivered live online over 2.5 days, this course provides you with advanced applied CAI theory and teaches the skills to prepare your dog for advanced training and assessment. Forming Step Three in our Certification programme, the course is designed for graduate teams (handler & dog) who wish to extend their theoretical knowledge and practical application […]

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Advanced Team Certification (Step Four)

June 24 - June 26
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Delivered face to face in Melbourne over two days, this practical course consolidates the skills and knowledge learned during the online preparation course. This course is Step Four in our Certification programme, providing graduates with Advanced Therapy Dog and Handler Team Certification.   For a full description of this course, including pre-requisites, eligibility and prices, […]

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Provisional Handler Certification (Step One)

July 19 - July 21
live Online, Zoom and Matrix

This intensive short course runs live online over 2.5 days developing therapy dog handling skills from the comfort of your own home anywhere in Australia or the world. Students participate in live online workshops with our dedicated instructors interspersed with online lectures on canine training, socialisation and behaviour. Participants graduate with Provisional Handler Certification (Step […]

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Visiting Team Certification – Foundation (Step Two)

July 22 - July 24
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Delivered face to face in Melbourne, with Covid-safe practices, this course is Step Two in our Certification programme. Running over three days with community visits (Covid permitting) it provides graduates with the Team Certification required to begin working together in Canine Assisted Interactions (CAI). Handlers who have previously completed the Provisional Handler Certification can attend […]

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(Re)Certification Canine

July 30
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Delivered as a single, face to face day in Melbourne (Re)Certification is an intensive and activity packed day running participants through all of the obedience, manners, application skills and scenarios that form the Therapy Dog and handler assessments. (Re)Certification allows graduates to refresh and recap on their skills after graduation. It also allows teams to […]

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Provisional Handler Certification (Step One)

August 2 - August 4
live Online

This intensive short course runs live online over 2.5 days developing therapy dog handling skills from the comfort of your own home anywhere in Australia or the world. Students participate in live online workshops with our dedicated instructors interspersed with online lectures on canine training, socialisation and behaviour. Participants graduate with Provisional Handler Certification (Step […]

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Visiting Team Certification – Foundation (Step Two)

August 5 - August 7
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Delivered face to face in Melbourne, with Covid-safe practices, this course is Step Two in our Certification programme. Running over three days with community visits (Covid permitting) it provides graduates with the Team Certification required to begin working together in Canine Assisted Interactions (CAI). Handlers who have previously completed the Provisional Handler Certification can attend […]

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Mental Health Masterclass – Grief, loss and life after Covid. How to re-engage therapy dogs in client work

August 30
To Be Confirmed Melbourne, Victoria Australia

In this three hour workshop you will learn about the benefits of including animals in your therapeutic practice, and develop an understanding of the fundamentals of Animal-Assisted Therapy. The workshop will cover a range of topics of interest to mental health professionals, disability and human-service sector staff, educators, and those with a passion for pets and helping people.

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(Re)Certification Canine

September 2
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Delivered as a single, face to face day in Melbourne (Re)Certification is an intensive and activity packed day running participants through all of the obedience, manners, application skills and scenarios that form the Therapy Dog and handler assessments. (Re)Certification allows graduates to refresh and recap on their skills after graduation. It also allows teams to […]

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Emotional Support Dog Training – Part time (children)

September 15 - September 30
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

This course is for people who would like to train their dogs to provide them or a loved one with emotional support. It is ideally suited to parents and younger children. The part-time therapeutic program runs for three days in the first week, plus two additional separate days. Days 1-3 are designed for parents or […]

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Provisional Handler Certification (Step One) FACE TO FACE Melbourne

October 11 - October 13
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Twice annually, this course is delivered live face to face in Melbourne: March and October 2021 This intensive short course runs live in Melbourne over 2.5 days developing therapy dog handling skills. Students participate in live face to face workshops with our dedicated instructors interspersed with lectures on canine training, socialisation and behaviour. Participants graduate with […]

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Visiting Team Certification – Foundation (Step Two)

October 14 - October 16
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Delivered face to face in Melbourne, with social distancing and Covid-safe practices, this course is Step Two in our Certification programme. Running over three days with community visits (Covid permitting) it provides graduates with the Team Certification required to begin working together in Canine Assisted Interactions (CAI). Handlers who have previously completed the Provisional Handler […]

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(Re)Certification Canine

November 19
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Delivered as a single, face to face day in Melbourne (Re)Certification is an intensive and activity packed day running participants through all of the obedience, manners, application skills and scenarios that form the Therapy Dog and handler assessments. (Re)Certification allows graduates to refresh and recap on their skills after graduation. It also allows teams to […]

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Advanced preparation & theory (Step Three) FACE TO FACE

November 22 - November 24
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Once annually this course is delivered live face to face in Melbourne, November 2021 Delivered live in Melbourne over 2.5 days, this course provides you with advanced applied CAI theory and teaches the skills to prepare your dog for advanced training and assessment. Forming Step Three in our Certification programme, the course is designed for graduate […]

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Advanced Team Certification (Step Four)

November 25 - November 26
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Delivered face to face in Melbourne over two days, this practical course consolidates the skills and knowledge learned during the online preparation course. This course is Step Four in our Certification programme, providing graduates with Advanced Therapy Dog and Handler Team Certification.   For a full description of this course, including pre-requisites, eligibility and prices, […]

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Provisional Handler Certification (Step One)

December 6 - December 8
live Online, Zoom and Matrix

This intensive short course runs live online over 2.5 days developing therapy dog handling skills from the comfort of your own home anywhere in Australia or the world. Students participate in live online workshops with our dedicated instructors interspersed with online lectures on canine training, socialisation and behaviour. Participants graduate with Provisional Handler Certification (Step […]

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Visiting Team Certification – Foundation (Step Two)

December 9 - December 11
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Delivered face to face in Melbourne, with social distancing and Covid-safe practices, this course is Step Two in our Certification programme. Running over three days with community visits (Covid permitting) it provides graduates with the Team Certification required to begin working together in Canine Assisted Interactions (CAI). Handlers who have previously completed the Provisional Handler […]

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Ongoing

Introduction To Neurobiological Model of Animal-Assisted Therapy

18/03/2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Yarrunga Community Centre, 86 Croydon Hills Drive
Croydon Hills, VIC 3136 Australia

In this three hour workshop you will learn about the benefits of including animals in your therapeutic practice, and develop an understanding of the fundamentals of Animal-Assisted Therapy. The workshop will cover a range of topics of interest to mental health professionals, disability and human-service sector staff, educators, and those with a passion for pets and helping people.

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