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Building Relationships with our Canine Companions

It’s been almost a month since my last post and during that time I’ve been wondering on and off what to bring to my readers. I’ve been mulling things over a lot as to what it is that matters to me, why I do what I do and even going as deep as to think about the purpose of my existence (very deep I know!).

Whilst some of you might be surprised to hear that I don’t actually consider myself a “doggy person”, over the last few years, whilst working as an assistant dog trainer, whilst yearning for my own pooch, whilst watching other people interact with theirs I can’t help but think about how deeply I’ve come to understand and appreciate that relationship. The relationship between dogs and people.

Whether that relationship is between a pet and it’s owner, someone else’s dog and a friend, a service dog and their owner, a child and a dog, a stranger and a dog or between people from different walks of life such as homeless people, the bond can be seen in all sorts of forms, shapes and contexts.

Thinking about shape and form, the first thing that comes to mind is the fact that it is something that we cannot see. It is invisible. Like emotions. Like love. Like air. We cannot see the bond but we know that relationship has substance. This brings me to Rupert Sheldrake’s theory of “morphic fields” that he summarised in his book “Dogs that Know When their Owners are Coming Home and Other Unexplained Powers of Animals” (1999). Within it, Sheldrake suggests that it is thanks to morphic fields that certain aspects of nature, growth, development and organisation happen and that they organise […]

New Exciting Course: Animal Assisted Therapy in Counselling – 9th June 2012 @ Keele Sustainability Hub

Come and join us for this exciting new course that we’ve developed here at HumAnima CIC!

Principle 3 – Obtain a Yield

Whether it’s because of the time of the year, the alignment of the stars, the right conditions, synchronicity, fate or just finally having the right conditions and circumstances, ideas are “being laid” left, right and centre. Much of it started last week when we had a meeting with a lovely lady from Community Catalysts. Commcats (@Commcats) are an awesome organisation fighting micro-enterprises’ corner and helping the likes of Pulp Friction – a cracking social enterprise which provides volunteering opportunities for young people to develop work readiness, social and independence skills.

Initially, I had come to the meeting not knowing really, what to talk about. So much has been going on that I was, in essence, starting to lose my focus. Thankfully, with Amy’s help, I was able to regain my focus. I’ve been able to clarify my current action plan and (incredibly) have come up with some ideas that will hopefully put HumAnima CIC on the public sector map. In the coming weeks, I will be creating 3 or 4 case studies based on anonymous details, that will give social workers an idea of how HumAnima CIC can deliver social, emotional and psychological outcomes for service users through tailor-made Animal Assisted Therapy programmes and associated work. By working in a person-centred way, we can also focus on areas that service user feels needs the most attention, as ultimately they are their own expert.

I am hoping that this will help enlighten people as to HumAnima CIC’s intentions, possibilities and ultimately the opportunities available when working with Animal Assisted Therapy and Eco-therapy. I realise now that all these ideas swimming around in my head are muddying the water and it’s time to gain some clarity and focus. However, this is also […]

By |March 17th, 2012|Case study, Counselling, Good Practice, Psychotherapy|1 Comment