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August 2020

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

August 10
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 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…

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November 2020

Foundation Therapy-Dog and Handler Certification

November 16 - November 21
Mullum Therapeutic Farm Panton Hill, Victoria 3759 Australia
Dog Learning

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 Therapy, Animal-Assisted Education, or Animal-Assisted Activities Co-ordination. For a full description of this course, including terms and conditions, and prices, please see the course information page.APPLY…

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December 2020

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

December 3

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 entire Foundation or Advanced course again. Due to COVID-19 Restrictions this Recertification Day MAY run via Zoom (assuming restrictions have not been sufficiently lifted). If so, we…

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Foundation Therapy-Dog and Handler Certification

December 14 - December 19
Mullum Therapeutic Farm Panton Hill, Victoria 3759 Australia
Dog Learning

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 Therapy, Animal-Assisted Education, or Animal-Assisted Activities Co-ordination. For a full description of this course, including terms and conditions, and prices, please see the course information page.APPLY…

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January 2021

Provisional Handler Certification (Step One)

18/01/2021 - 20/01/2021
Live Online, Zoom and Matrix
Dog Learning

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 One in Certification), which may then form the foundation for further practical training and Certification with their dogs.   Please note that the dogs are…

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Visiting Team Certification – Foundation (Step Two)

21/01/2021 - 22/01/2021
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia
Dog Learning

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 completed the Provisional Handler Certification can attend with their dogs to complete a range of practical activities and assessments to achieve their Visiting Therapy Dog…

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(Re)Certification Canine

28/01/2021
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 Re-Certify once their original Certification has expired (usually after 1 year). This course is also open to Certified Handlers, Advanced Handlers and Certified Practitioners who want…

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February 2021

Provisional Handler Certification (Step One)

01/02/2021 - 03/02/2021
Live Online, Zoom and Matrix
Dog Learning

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 One in Certification), which may then form the foundation for further practical training and Certification with their dogs.   Please note that the dogs are…

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Visiting Team Certification – Foundation (Step Two)

04/02/2021 - 05/02/2021
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia
Dog Learning

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 completed the Provisional Handler Certification can attend with their dogs to complete a range of practical activities and assessments to achieve their Visiting Therapy Dog…

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March 2021

Advanced preparation & theory (Step Three)

01/03/2021 - 03/03/2021
Live Online, Zoom and Matrix
Dog Learning

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 skills. Students participate in live online practicum workshops with our dedicated instructors interspersed with online theory lectures and quizzes.   For a full description of…

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