Multidisciplinary Masterclasses

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

Bundle and save! This course may be purchased as part of the Practitioner Certification Package. Find out more.

Mode: Face to face, in Melbourne

Pre-requisites: Handlers – Certification as a Visiting Therapy Dog Handler

Dogs – Certification as an Advanced Therapy Dog

Duration: One day

Access: You must enrol via the online application form below

AAI in Mental Health - General Introduction

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 Dr. Jenny Dwyer (Jenny Dwyer Associates) and Chelle Taylor (Blossom Tree Psychology)

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

This masterclass will explore the different types of grief, and client’s different grieving styles, including different models of grief. We will explore how the therapy dogs respond to grief and grieving, and how they have experienced their own sense of grief during and after Covid 19. Topics include:

  • Types of losses and how we experience them
  • Models and styles of grieving, and the role of AAT
  • How animals experience grief, in particular our own therapy dogs
  • Attunement (or re-attunement) between therapy dogs and clients

 

During this masterclass, you will be provided with opportunities to expand your knowledge of grief and grieving styles and ability to select appropriate interventions to match where the client is in their grieving journey. This will include both large and small group discussion and roleplays of cases and interventions.

 

Suitable for:

  • This workshop is suitable for mental health therapists who are graduates of Lead The Way’s courses. Please note only dogs with current Advanced Certification can attend Masterclasses
  • There will be Certified Therapy Dogs on site at the workshop, who will be engaged during activities and role plays
  • This workshop will be recorded for later sale (excluding participant role-plays)
  • Minimum and maximum participant numbers apply

Delivered in partnership with Kaye Griffin, Mind Matters Counselling

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AAI in Mental Health - Trauma and Polyvagal Theory (PVT) in AAT

This masterclass will explore the impact of trauma on the neurobiology of clients and how the application of AAT can assist in the therapeutic process. Topics include:

  • How AAT supports regulation and co-regulation in a phased trauma therapy approach
  • What is polyvagal theory and how does it apply to AAT trauma treatment
  • Working safely and ethically within the client’s, the therapy dog’s and the therapist’s social engagement system according to the PVT
  • The role of play in maintaining or re-establishing social engagement, safety and attunement
  • Develop a toolkit of appropriate interactions to use during AAT sessions according to where the client is in their autonomic nervous system (present and safe, or in survival)

 

During this masterclass, you will explore the regulation – co-regulation relationship with your own (or other’s) therapy dogs. Develop an appreciation of the PVT and an understanding of how client’s autonomic nervous system impacts their thinking and behaviour. Learn how to identify when a client is socially engaged, or responding from their survival instincts, and observe or direct the therapy dog’s responses. The Masterclass will include demonstrations, group discussions and role plays. Participants are encouraged to bring case examples.

 

Suitable for:

  • This workshop is suitable for mental health therapists who are graduates of Lead The Way’s courses. Please note only dogs with current Advanced Certification can attend Masterclasses
  • There will be Certified Therapy Dogs on site at the workshop, who will be engaged during activities and role plays
  • This workshop will be recorded for later sale (excluding participant role-plays)
  • Minimum and maximum participant numbers apply

Delivered in partnership with Kaye Griffin, Mind Matters Counselling

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AAI in Mental Health - Trauma & interpersonal neurobiology

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 Dr. Jenny Dwyer (Jenny Dwyer Associates) and Chelle Taylor (Blossom Tree Psychology)

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

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This course is a pre-requisite for the professional level Practitioner Certification and is one component of step five towards completing the Certificate in Animal Assisted Interventions – Canine.

Venue:

Lead The Way Institute Training Centre, Unit 5/91 Dorset Road, Ferntree Gully, Victoria 3156, Australia

Dates & Times:

Courses run 9am to 5pm. All upcoming course dates can be found on the Application Form

Cost: $410

(Group discounts for 3+ participants from the same organisation $370ea)

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