DreamPower Horsemanship & Operation Freedom Paws Create Innovative Workshop for Therapy Dogs
A Two-Part Series: "Working with Therapy Dogs in Canine Assisted Therapy"
DreamPower Horsemanship and Operation Freedom Paws have partnered some of their non-profit services to help veterans and others with disabilities find a new normal. Mary Cortani, founder of Operation Freedom Paws, is a certified Army Master Instructor of Canine Education as well as an American Kennel Club Certified Canine Good Citizen© Evaluator. With Mary’s dog handling experience and Martha’s background in Psychology, they make a formidable team in this one of a kind workshop offered to pre- and post- licensed therapists (psychotherapists, occupational, speech and language, and recreation therapists), with or without a canine partner, who would like to learn more about canine-assisted therapy.
This workshop is a two course program in which people can get an intro to canine assisted therapy and certify their dog (if they have their own) as a AKC Canine Good Citizen and then take the secondary course for advanced training in how to train and utilize a therapy dog in their practice. Each Level consists of twelve, two-hour classes. Each class contains one hour of classroom training for the therapist and one hour of dog training/handling specific to working as a therapy dog.
Level 1 "Introduction to Working with Therapy Dogs in Canine-Assisted Therapy" begins March 2nd and 3rd of next week and will offer 12 classes, 24 hours of training, 24 continuing education unit's (BBS PCE 4267) and will culminate with the dog's Canine Good Citizen Certificate. Level 2 class will continue after the completion of Level 1. Therapist-
Space is limited so register at https://CATW.eventbrite.com
More about the Workshop
Each class session will include 1 hour of classroom learning (led by Martha McNiel, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) and 1 hour of dog training/handling skills (led by Mary Cortani, Certified Army Master of Canine Education). Dog training will focus on the specific skills needed for effective and safe canine-assisted therapy. Classes will meet Wed. 10-12 (beg. March 2) and Thurs. 7-9 pm (beg. March 3) at the Operation Freedom Paws Canine Education Center in San Martin. Each class is limited to 12 participants. Registration is now open at this link. https://CATW.eventbrite.com. This course meets the requirements for 24 CEU's from the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences (PCE #4267).
About Operation Freedom Paws
Founded in January 2010, Operation Freedom Paws is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that matches dogs with individuals who have Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), Complex-Post Traumatic Stress (CPTS) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) symptoms, or other physical, neurological, psychological or mobility needs.
We train the individual to train their own dog, and then certify them together as a service dog team in a 48-week program. Most of the dogs come from rescue shelters. This unique opportunity leverages the ability of the canine-human relationship to help our clients regain their sense of purpose, worth and value to society and their community.
About Dream Power Horsemanship
DreamPower is a 501(c)3 non-profit building lives filled with dreams, and the power to make dreams come true. In 2015, DreamPower provided therapeutic services to 730 participants in 18 different equine-assisted or therapeutic programs.
Working with horses provides a wonderful opportunity to engage in therapeutic activities outside of a traditional therapeutic environment. Reaching for a ball while seated on a calm horse can help make physical activity fun for a disabled child. Learning to halter a horse in an open pasture can make an urban teen who has issues listening to authority figures pay attention. Seeing how a horse responds to body movements and tone of voice can help reinforce the power of calm, assertive behavior over a tendency toward aggressive or anxious engagements. And of course it opens the heart when a person of any age or ability begins to feel the mutual respect that occurs when a horse and person come to know and trust and communicate with each other, whether in the saddle or on the ground.
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