It is the only course of its kind in the world and has been developed jointly with Dr Rise VanFleet of Pennsylvania in the US.
Animal Assisted Play Therapy: Theory, Research and Practice (UK) Level 1 is being held over four days in September 2018 at Turn About Pegasus in Lowick, Northumberland. Or if you wish you can always train at our US base in Pennyslavania
The training is designed for qualified therapists and animal trainers interested in this exciting field wishing to train and work with therapy animals to enhance their practice.
For full details visit: www.playfulpooch.org or www.IIAPT.com.
We have a team of volunteers who help to keep our centre running smoothly.
Most of our volunteer roles are the necessary behind the scenes jobs such as pasture management, etc. We appreciate volunteers who are willing to help out wherever necessary. No experience necessary - training is given.
Volunteers must be over 18 years old and be able to work unsupervised.
If you are interested please email or give us a call. The application process will require two referees and a DBS check, followed by a trial period.
Voluntary work at Turn About Pegasus will assist people get hands on experience with horses but this is not the primary need. We also do not take on people specifically to work with clients.
We also need volunteers to help with our orchards, and to help with fundraising IT and admin.
We also gratefully welcome one off tasks for groups of volunteers such as corporate responsiblity days– please contact us if you would like to bring a group.
Through animal and nature activites, participants also learn about taking care of the countryside to maintain a sustainable environment for the animals and wildlife. We believe that horses can help us find our way as a community to fit respectfully into the natural environment, linking with conservation and wildlife.
We are also developing have a vegetable garden which many clients enjoy helping out with.
Other interests can also be incorporated, such as photography, art, wildlife or craftwork.
For schools, we can combine horse activities with your curriculum – please ask for more details.