Focus for the Therapy Team: Increased Awareness leads to Intentional Visiting

   
  
 
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     Christi Dudzik talks with students at her facility in Woodinville, Washington.

Christi Dudzik talks with students at her facility in Woodinville, Washington.

Focus for the Therapy Team is for those who just started visiting as a badged therapy team, and for those who have been visiting for awhile. 
Pay attention, people, our animals are talking. Well, they aren’t using words, but they certainly are communicating with us. Are we listening? Are we honoring their messages? How do we set our animals up for success?  This training, spread over 2 days, is meant to refresh, refocus, and inspire the handler for continued work with their therapy animal.

This training is for those who want to:
1 better understand their animal’s messages
2. know what to do with that information
3. make their therapy team visits more meaningful than ever before

Prerequisites:
To participate in this workshop, your animal must be safe to be around unfamiliar
people and animals.

Workshop Location: Woodinville, Washington

Dates and Times:
Day 1:  “Focus for Therapy Team Visits – Increased Awareness” - Handlers only

  • Saturday, October 13, 2018, 9 A.M. – 1 P.M.

                     AND

Day 2: “Intentional Visiting - Practice Visiting Scenarios” - Handler and animal

  • Saturday, October 27, 2018, 10 A.M. – noon

Workshop costs: $125.00

To Register, please contact Christi at cwdudzik@healingpaws.com.  A registration form will be sent to you.

Confirmation of your spot in the class will be emailed upon receipt of complete registration.

Space is limited, please register early to secure a spot.

For more information, CLICK HERE

Click here if you would like to read testimonials from past students.


Relationship Development/ Therapy Animal Skills Class

The Relationship Development/Therapy Animal Skills Class is a foundational class for handlers and animals who are new to the field of Animal-Assisted Activities and Therapy, and for experienced therapy animal handlers who are introducing a new animal to this field. The class sets you, the handler, and your animal teammate up for success.  This hands-on, experiential class meets 6 times, for 1.5 hours each meeting. 

Please note: this class is spread over 2 months, in order to give you and your animal the time to assimilate and practice the information provided in each class, and the opportunity to develop into a therapy team, if that is your interest.
It is up to the handler to take the time outside of class with their animal, to work on developing into a therapy team. This class will provide you with the tools to do just that.
 

People and their animals come to the class with a clearly loving relationship.  This class helps you, the handler, understand how to be a proactive and supportive teammate so that you and your animal are successful in your lives together and in therapy work.  At the conclusion of this class, my hope is that you will have a deeper understanding of your animal, and your relationship will be stronger.

Our animals give their best, when asked to interact with unfamiliar people or other animals.  Sometimes that interaction goes very poorly, and sometimes it works out okay.  But, success is more than tolerance of interactions, for you or for your animal.  True success happens when both the animal and handler are well-suited for the interaction.  It is your responsibility to determine the suitability of the interaction before it occurs, and, if necessary, to decline it gracefully and clearly.  Don’t know how to do this?  You will by the end of this class.

For those of you who are interested in becoming registered with a therapy team organization, this serves as a preparation class. 
In addition to this class, your responsibility is to:

  • Understand and complete the onboarding requirements of the therapy team organization you choose
  • Prepare yourself and your animal to meet the expectations of the therapy team organization’s evaluation
  • Know your animal’s behavioral and emotional strengths and weaknesses and anticipate their needs
  • Always demonstrate proactive and supportive handling of your animal throughout this class, your therapy team evaluation, and in your future therapy team visits.

Who should attend?

  • Students in need of community service hours for school projects
  • Young people working on bar or bat mitzvah projects
  • College students wanting to help de-stress their fellow students
  • Volunteers interested in participating in reading programs
  • Volunteers wanting to visit patients in medical facilities
  • Professionals wanting to work with their animal teammate in their practice  

 Some of the lessons covered in this class:

  • Setting boundaries with people and their animals, and with exuberant people wanting to interact with your animal
  • Establishing respect in your relationship with your animal
  • Recognizing your animal's stress signs and knowing what to do about them
  • Grounding yourself and being in the moment with your animal
  • Handling your animal
  • Developing a “visiting” mindset
  • Visiting with intention
  • Enhancing your interactions by learning a few tricks
  • Learning about some of the different visiting populations and environments – role play scenarios
  • Familiarizing you and your animal around health care equipment

Prerequisites:

To participate in these classes, your animal must be house-broken, and safe to be around unfamiliar people and animals. 

Fall 2018 Class Dates and Times

September 20, 27
October 11, 25
November 1, 8
During this session, class will not meet October 4 or October 18

Thursdays, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.     ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS

Space is limited, please register early to secure a spot.

Class Cost $175 per handler.  Price includes the book, "Teaming with your Therapy Dog" by Ann R. Howie, LICSW, ACSW

Class Location Woodinville, Washington

To Register, please contact Christi at cwdudzik@healingpaws.com.  A registration form will be sent to you.

Confirmation of your spot in the class will be emailed upon receipt of complete registration.

Space is limited, please register early to secure a spot. 

For more information, CLICK HERE

Click here if you would like to read testimonials from past students.