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CANINE ASSISTED INTERVENTIONS HANDLERS COURSE - PORT MACQUARIE

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Port Macquarie, NSW 2444

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For people who are interested in incorporating dogs into a therapeutic service or educational setting

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CANINE INTERVENTION HANDLER TRAINING

This course is delivered over 3 consecutive days. Attendance at all sessions is required.

Cost: $1,250.00.

This course is for people who are interested in either learning more about using dogs in therapeutic settings, using or training an assistance dog or pursuing canine assisted interventions as a career.

This course is suitable for people who:

  • Have a professional therapeutic qualification and would like to use dogs in their work
  • Would like to pursue a career in providing canine assisted interventions to the public through a W.A.G.S. community program.
  • Enjoy volunteering with their dog and would like to learn more in-depth skills for training a range of dogs
  • Enjoy volunteering with their dog and would like to learn more about the therapeutic underpinnings of the W.A.G.S. program framework.

Learning objectives:

The primary purpose of this training course is to develop in you the skills, knowledge and confidence required to understand, identify and facilitate therapeutic interactions between dogs and people.

Completion of this course does not indicate or imply a skill or qualification for the provision of therapeutic services to the public that did/does not previously exist. Completion of this course conveys the requisite skill and knowledge in the graduate to use dogs to support therapeutic activities, or under the supervision of a primary therapeutic care provider, only.

By completing this training, graduates will be able to:

1. Understand the most commonly used dog training frameworks and develop the skills to implement appropriate training responses to a range of dog behaviours.

2. Understand and identify a dogs emotional range and the physical manifestations and behaviours associated with their emotional responses.

3. Identify the significance of a dog's emotional response to people and identify suitable dogs for use in specific therapeutic settings.

4. Facilitate interactions between a suitable dog and a client that highlight specific attributes and support the client towards growth.

Course description:

All practitioners can benefit from any addition to their toolkit for the effective engagement of their clients. Dogs have long been recognised as one of the most engaging tools for therapists of all types to utilise.

Training in this area can significantly improve a practitioners ability to :

a. read and interpret non-verbal communication

b. gather valuable cues as to the inner emotional responses in their clients

c. provide clients with instant feedback in a non-confrontational, authentically un-fabricated way

d. provide clients a "safe-space" for difficult narratives

Completion of this course is with the assistance and support of the WAGS team of dogs. So even if you own a dog, no personal dogs are involved in this training at all. WAGS provides access to a diverse group of dogs with a range of ages and training levels.

Learning takes place in a dynamic and active space where learners are encouraged to discuss the issues raised at length in order to deepen their understanding of the concepts. There are regular hands-on, practical activities throughout each day.

The course explores the WAGS therapeutic underpinnings and framework in detail with practice in applying the model in a variety of settings and to a diverse range of clients.

Participants demonstrate physical proficiency in each skill as it is presented and theoretical understanding of the concepts is explored in a scaffolded process with the group as a whole.

Feedback and written self-reflection on the learnings is asked for at the conclusion of each day from each participant to allow the facilitator to re-cover any ground where a lack of proficiency or understanding may be observed in the answers and reflections.

This training is challenging, personally confronting and intriguing. Whilst physically undemanding, the course is emotionally exhausting for the vast majority of participants. For this reason, it is recommended that participants seek an appropriate amount of leave from their usual activities on the days the training is undertaken.

Learner prerequisites

Appropriate and relevant for all levels of credentialed and/or registered therapeutic providers.

What evidence or recognised practice or theory is the program based on

Since W.A.G.S. first became a stand-alone program in around 2014, we have engaged an average of 150 new young people across our region EVERY TERM. That’s over 600 kids a year, and over 2500 kids in our first 4 years. We spent all of that time improving, adapting, changing, building and then recording everything we did.

In its first year, W.A.G.S. recorded outputs and outcomes from more than 731 young people in regional schools across our region. Now after 5 years of delivering the program to over 2,500 young people across NSW we have ongoing session attendance rates consistently sitting above 92%, we see overall school attendance for participants improved by 74% and teacher recorded negative behaviour incidents drop by 76% or more.

The theoretical framework that underpins the WAGS program is aligned with the larger body of research on the broader area of Animal Assisted Interventions.

The primary purpose of this training course is to develop in you the skills, knowledge and confidence required to understand, identify and facilitate therapeutic interactions between dogs and people.

Completion of this course does not indicate or imply a skill or qualification for the provision of therapeutic services to the public that did/does not previously exist. Completion of this course conveys the requisite skill and knowledge in the graduate to use dogs to support therapeutic activities, under the supervision of the primary therapeutic care provider, only.

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