Post Professional Rotations

Dogwood Therapy Services offers post-professional rotations to a variety of healthcare providers, social service professionals, and some dog trainers. Our rotations focus on animal assisted interventions, working with people with disabilities (all ages and abilities), nature therapy, creating integrated services and program development.

Dogwoods post-professional rotations range from 2 weeks (full time) to 12 months (part or full time).  Arrangements are made to cater to time of year and your special interest area. Participants can expect to gain knowledge that is also contained in our workshops, but in a hands-on integrated setting.

Certificates of completion are offered. It is the participant’s responsibility to contact their local licensing or certification board to ensure the rotation can be utilized for continuing education units.

In-house rates range between $150 and $400 per day, depending upon topics, times of year, etc. A 25% deposit is required in advance, and is non-refundable if the visitor cancels.  We are working on a list of hotels and lodging opportunities. Cost of meals NOT included. Rates are adjusted for longer rotations and packages can be arranged to weigh heavier in dog preparation, communication, training versus animal assisted interventions (AAA, AAT or AAE), program development, etc. based on your priority.  

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The following is an example of the 2020 Post-Professional Rotation (PPR) Availability. Please contact us for the updated forms and details.

PPR Information and Registration Form

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Leighton's Post-Professional Experience:

Animal Assisted Intervention can be an exceptionally powerful treatment strategy and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from Melissa who has made this her life work.  

I attended a post-professional rotation at Dogwood for a week. Days were filled with observing and participating in everything from training service animals, to patient interventions with animal assisted therapy, to off-site group training, doga, program development and even feeding time.  At night I was hosted by Melissa and her husband and 5 amazing dogs that made me feel right at home, even coming by to snuggle before bedtime each night.

The culture of inclusion I experienced during this post-professional rotation allowed me to be immersed in all aspects of an animal assisted approach; to gain confidence in my ability as a trainer and as a therapist; and to refresh my knowledge of core principles while exploring new ideas and approaches. I was provided with a wealth of knowledge and support and am inspired to go out and create more awareness around the merits of animal-assisted therapy, both within the workplace and the community at large.

Leighton Roux, OTR/L