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Animal Assisted Social and Emotional Wellbeing Program

  • Facilitated by Provisional Psychologist, Amy Biggs-Tsoubos and Therapy Dog, Lulu

  • 5-week program

  • Two Age Groups (content is tailored to suit each age group)

    • 7 - 9  years old 

    • 10 - 12 years old

  • After School Times (typically 4pm).

  • Limited Places (max of 10 per group)

This five-week group program is designed around the core concepts of 'mental healthiness': 

  • Resilience

  • Relaxation 

  • Self-Esteem 

  • Coping Skills

  • Anxiety Management

  • Anger Management

 This program aims to build and enhance resilience in kids, based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy modalities integrated with Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) techniques. Throughout the process of the group program, the participants also learn very valuable skills in confidence, assertiveness, social interactions, impulse control, delayed gratification, sharing & dog training! 

The participants are taken through basic relaxation skills as well as taught strategies to improve resilience and self-esteem, with the help of a Mental Health Therapy Dog (Lulu). The program helps young people to identify and understand their thought patterns, and then replace unhelpful thinking styles with more constructive coping strategies. Participants are also taught how to recognise and manage both anxiety/worry and anger in healthy ways.

The role of the Therapy Dog is to assist the participants with group and individual activities. Activities, which are assisted by the Therapy Dog, are more enjoyable for the participants, fulfil sensory needs and assist with group engagement, participation and retention rates (children wanting to attend the group). 

This group is suitable for children who are shy meeting new people, who have low-self-esteem, experience anxiety, who struggle to ‘wind-down’ and relax, or who have behavioural and/or anger management issues