We offer a range of AAT group programmes to suit a variety needs, ages and abilities.

Group programmes are offered to schools and organisations by negotiation and include:

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THERAPY-DOG COMMUNICATION GROUP

This 4 week programme is suitable for adolescents or adults. The group contains a mix of activities with the Therapy-Dogs, combined with small and large group discussions.


This group will assist participants to:

  • Animal-Assisted Intervention Association Australia
  • Enhance communication skills, self awareness and self esteem
  • Understand and manage stress, anxiety or worries
  • Enhance social interaction and confidence
  • Develop mindful and relaxation skills

THERAPY-DOG SELF-DEVELOPMENT GROUP

Animal-Assisted Intervention Association Australia This 10 – 12 week programme is ideal for school groups and can be tailored to fit within a school term. It is suitable for older primary up to senior secondary ages. Participants in this group work as a team to develop an ‘obedience demonstration’ ‘doggie dance’ or ‘play’ with the Therapy-Dogs that they must choreograph and rehearse under the direction of our skilled staff. Where appropriate, the end product can then be shown to peers, staff or loved ones, or may be recorded as a keepsake. Ample time is given for discussion and reflection.

This group will assist participants with:

  • Self awareness, self esteem and self efficacy
  • Behavioural management
  • Impulse control
  • Communication skills
  • Persistence and frustration management
  • Team work skills

THERAPY-DOG ACTIVITY & EDUCATION GROUP

This engaging 1-2 hour programme provides a balance of activities and discussion, and allows participants to manage their own level of engagement, from simple observer to leader or demonstrator. The format is ideal for large or small groups and has been designed for three different developmental stages: Pre-school, Primary & Secondary

This group will assist participants to:

  • Develop an appreciation of the range of personal skills & abilities
  • Increase empathy towards both Therapy-Dogs and fellow participants
  • Engage in problem solving activities and collaborative activities

MANNERS THAT MATTER – THERAPEUTIC DOG TRAINING GROUP

This 6 – 10 week group is designed for participants and their dogs, who may not engage in traditional Dog-Training or obedience classes. The group is designed to enhance the bond between dog and owner, and identify and overcome potential issues.

This group will assist participants to:

  • Develop simple and effective obedience skills
  • Understand the impact of owner behaviour on dogs
  • Improve understanding, communication & bonding between owner and dog
  • Enhance self efficacy, communication skills and empathy
  • Develop stress management and healthy living skills for humans and dogs

Please Note: This service is only offered by a DUAL qualified Psychologist and Canine Behavioural Trainer, or teams of qualified Psychologists and Trainers, and is subject to availability. Our highly trained staff are accompanied by their own trained and certified Therapy and Demonstration Dogs.

TAILS & MAINS  – CANINE & EQUINE PROGRAMME

In conjunction with Harnessing Wellness This 10 – 12 week programme takes in the unique benefits of both Therapy-Dogs and Horses at once. Participants work towards the goal of having Therapy-Dogs and Horses working in collaboration, in order to complete a range of activities. These programmes are run in our Equine friendly locations at Macclesfield or Mt. Evelyn.

This group will assist participants to:

  • Develop trust, empathy and communication skills
  • Enhance problem solving skills
  • Manage arousal, such as anger, anxiety, worry and sadness
  • Understand the role of the body in managing our mood and enhancing coping
  • Promote social skills and cooperation
  • Improve self efficacy and self esteem

Call the office to see how we can help your group 03 9761 0973