Providing Therapy for a bereaved child

Annie is an Animal Assisted Play Therapy®️ (AAPT) dog. . . We have been asked to provide a therapeutic service for a child who has experienced familial bereavement. Funds are being sought here are because council funding cuts means that funding is not available to them through the usual avenues. . . I am Annie’s owner and am a qualified Play Therapist already trained to Masters level, with the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT). I work with children who have experienced a challenging life or who have behavioural difficulties, for any reason. . . Annie is not intended to be a petting dog. She is my co-therapist who plays actively with the clients, which she is well suited for. We have had additional extensive training in order to do this complex work. . . The AAPT training focuses on animal & client welfare, the enjoyment of each, the skills of both dog and therapist and, of course, how best to use the therapy to address the mental and/or emotional needs of the client. Also, extensive understanding of dog behaviour and communication is crucial for the safety and effectiveness of this therapeutic model.  . . More details about AAPT can can be read here


Annie Hill

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