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"Dogs Helping Humans"

                   Therapeutic Dog Services Incorporated

Who We Are

1.1 ORGANISATION DESCRIPTION

The principle activities of the company are:

  • promoting human health and well being with animal assistance and conducting educational training and wellness programs.
  • service delivery of Animal Assisted Interventions: Activities, Education and Therapy (Therapy Dog services), Wellness & Be Active Programs. 
  • Partnering with other Australian Service Providers and Business facilities forming mutually beneficial programs.
  • to provide quality, innovative and inclusive services to enable people with acute illness, living with ageing, disability and mental health, and their families to reach their full potential.
  • supporting people living with acute illness, ageing, disability and their families within the community

Our Structure

  • Therapeutic Dog Services is a registered Australian Charity Organisation, and it is registered as a not-for-profit organisation in South Australia. Incorporation Number: A41319 ABN:900 246 28522
  • A Board of Directors is responsible for providing the organisation with strategic leadership and direction and is the principal decision-making body.
  • Day-to-day management is delegated to the Founder/Director and President who leads a senior management team responsible for the smooth operations of the organisation.
  • Australian Base office is situated in Adelaide, South Australia.  Therapeutic Dog Services Head Office & Centre, Adelaide. Villa Saint Hilarion Centre, Fulham.
  • Service delivery is available throughout Australia: ACT, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.
  • Service delivery is regionalised with metropolitan Capital Cities, and is divided into three service category delivery options
  1. State Service Providers that utilise and support our programs and services. Mutually beneficial programs are formed, service delivery is conducted at external site where we provide a complementary service to their clients/patients.
  2. Private, delivered services to community individuals, external sites such as personal homes 
  3. Private, delivered services from the Therapeutic Dog Services Head Office & Centre, Adelaide. Villa Saint Hilarion, Fulham, Seaton and various Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western branch areas. 

Our Core Values

Respect Valuing individuals and their contribution

Fairness Equitable and accessible service provision

Independence Supporting individual independence and self-determination

Accountability Open reporting to all stakeholders

Innovation Better, creative and leading service approaches

Partnerships Linking and working with others

Core Values

  • We believe individuals and their families have the right to access safe, secure & fun visitations as part of their therapeutic program.
  • We believe that all clients are valuable members of our community, and we are committed to encouraging and supporting them to meet their needs.
  • We are committed to delivering a personal visiting service to individuals and their families experiencing social isolation.
  • We are committed to better, creative and leading service approaches.
  • We are committed to raising the profile of the use of dogs within the therapeutic process.
  • We are committed to forming partnerships through creating links and working with others.
  • We welcome open reporting and accountability to all stakeholders.
  • We welcome people of any age, religion, political affiliation or race.
  • We believe volunteering complements, but is not a substitute, for paid work.

Purpose(s) of Therapeutic Dog Services Incorporated

Advancing Health & Advancing Education

Activities promote & facilitate positive interaction between people & dogs. It pursues this mission through three major programs.

  • Animal Assisted Activities-Therapy Dogs provide affection and comfort to people in a variety of Service Provider settings; e.g. hospitals, nursing homes, community houses for the disabled, schools & disability services facilities.
  • Animal Assisted Education- is a planned and structured intervention directed and/or delivered by educational and related service professional with specific academic or educational goals.
  • Animal Assisted Therapy- Goal directed intervention in which the dog is incorporated as an integral part of the clinical health care team process. AAT is delivered and directed by professional health & human service provider whom demonstrate skill and expertise regarding the applications of human & animal interactions. Working closely with other specialists such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, teachers, social workers, doctors & specialists together structuring and delivering specifically designed clinical programs. Seeks to promote health and well-being through structured programs that advance social inclusion, advancing education - Educates people, the public and professionals about the benefits of the animal and human bond. Demonstrates skills and expertise regarding the application of human-animal interaction within complementary therapy programs.

Advancing Social or Public Welfare

Activities promote and facilitate inclusion, positive interaction between people. We are committed to social justice and inclusion, and respect the rights of all people, in all their diversity, to live with dignity and safety and to enjoy healthy relationships.

  • We promote and facilitate to empower clients to adopt more constructive life practises.
  • Counselling & Mental health services focus on enhancing the psychological well-being of the client, such that the client can reach their full potential.

Promoting & Protecting Human Rights

Activities promote and facilitate inclusion to advance the interests, well-being and welfare of people who are disadvantaged by reason of disability.

  • Social inclusion aims to help clients feel included and valued, giving everyone the opportunity to participate fully in society. It's about connecting with local communities to build and strengthen relationships and networks, addressing isolation and exclusion by supporting people who live with physical disabilities and may be unable to help themselves.
  • Respecting the rights of all people, in all their diversity, to live with dignity and safety and to enjoy health relationships.

Purposes beneficial to the public and analogous to other charitable purposes

  • Therapeutic Dog Services works in partnership with other Service charitable organisations, providing complementary therapy programs.

  • MANAGEMENT PHILOSOPHY

Therapeutic Dog Services Incorporated management philosophy is based on responsibility and mutual respect. People who come to Therapeutic Dog Services want to work here because we have created an environment that encourages creativity and achievement. Therapeutic Dog Services aims to become a leader in Animal Assisted Interventions. The mainstay of our strategy will be to offer a level of client focus that is superior to that offered by our competitors.

To help achieve this objective, Therapeutic Dog Services seeks to attract highly motivated individuals that want to work as a team and share in the commitment, responsibility, risk taking and discipline required to achieve our vision. Part of attracting these special individuals will be to build a culture that promotes both uniqueness and a bias for action. While we will be realistic in setting goals and expectations, Therapeutic Dog Services will also be aggressive in reaching its objectives. This success will in turn enable Therapeutic Dog Services to give its employees/volunteers above average compensation and innovative benefits or rewards, key elements in helping us maintain our leadership position in the worldwide marketplace.

1.1.1 PRODUCTS AND SERVICES PROVIDED

You will find more information about our products and services by reading the Therapeutic Dog Services Corporate Brochures

Animal Assisted Intervention Programs

Community Dog Visiting Program (AAA Dog Assisted Activities)

Mission: to promote and facilitate positive interaction between people and dogs.

Our dogs come in all sizes and breeds, with exceptional temperaments, (friendly, patient, confident, gentle, and at ease in all situations), providing affection and comfort to people in a variety of Australian Service Provider settings. (Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Community Houses for the Disabled, School, Disability Services facilities) Our dogs’ primary job is to enjoy human contact, allowing unfamiliar people to pet them and handle them. Children in particular enjoy hugging or playing with our dogs; adults usually enjoy simply sitting and petting our dogs. Our smaller dogs can be lifted onto, or climb onto, an individual’s lap or bed and sit or lie comfortably there. Some of our dogs contribute to the visiting experience by performing small tricks for their audience or playing carefully structured games.

Specialised Animal Assisted Interventions

"Animal Assisted Therapy is a goal-directed intervention in which an animal is incorporated as an integral part of the clinical health-care treatment process. AAT is delivered or directed by a professional health or human service provider who demonstrates skill and expertise regarding the clinical applications of human-animal interactions.”

Therapeutic Dog Services qualified, professional health and human services team, form Therapeutic Dog Services Animal Assist Team, 

  • utilizing experienced, trained Dogs within the therapeutic process. (Therapeutic Dog Services owned and trained dogs)
  • other animals are available on request depending on availability. 
  • occasionally community dog visiting teams and other pet animals will be invited to participate within these structured programs.

Clinical Programs

  • is goal directed intervention programs in which animals meeting specific criteria is an integral part of the activities education or therapy programs and treatment process.
  • is delivered and/or directed by health & human service provider Jody Morrish working within the scope of profession.
  • Working with client groups, choosing appropriate goals and determining which activities intervention is to use.
  • structured complementary clinical programs.

Animal Assisted Activities Programs

  • Provides information and education to ensure the human and pet relationship is a happy and safe one.
  • is a fun and interactive learning tool educating adults on responsible dog ownership and dog safety, incorporates learning activities and games to promote social inclusion.

Animal Assisted Education Programs

Programs such as learning to read, dog education, or dog safety.
Provided in a variety of settings, may be group or individual in nature and may be implemented for persons of any age.
There are specific goals for each individual involved and the process is documented and evaluated.

Animal Assisted Reading Program

Programs such as learning to read.
A dog is a fun and interactive learning tool,  ideal companions because they promote relaxation and lower blood pressure, do not judge, laugh or criticise and allow participant to proceed at their own pace.

Animal Assisted Therapy Program

Mission: to promote and facilitate positive interaction therapy between people and dogs. Animal Assisted Therapy is directed and/or delivered with a specific clinical goal for a particular individual or group in mind.
Animal Assisted Therapy offers very unique therapy programs to adults and children: recovery & rehabilitation programs, special needs: multiple disabilities programs.
Programs are designed to help client engage, improving self-confidence, social skills, physical skills, and emotional responses etc.
Therapy is delivered 1:1 or within group settings.
Therapeutic Dog Services qualified Behavioural Scientist, Counsellors, Mental Health and Dog Training staff work closely with other specialists such as Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Recreation Therapists, Teachers, Social Workers, Doctors and specialists, to deliver specifically designed clinical programs.

  • Support Visiting Services Program (currently only available in South Australia)

Mission: to promote and facilitate inclusion, positive interaction between people. We are committed to social justice and inclusion, and respect the rights of all people, in all their diversity, to live with dignity and safety and to enjoy healthy relationships.

Support Visiting Services Program: The Volunteer Home Visiting Service is a service that provides volunteers in a personal visitation service for physically disabled persons in their community home on a weekly basis.

Visitation is home-based support and plays a vital role in the lives of people with high level physical disabilities by supporting them to:

  • maintain an active lifestyle within their community-based home by having an outside visitor,
  • achieve independence and dignity with the support and help of a visitor
  • Support Visitation Helpers help by taking the time to visit, communicating and chatting, light tasks such as helping clients organise their room etc, computer accessing, reading books or magazines, help with communication (for device users), book work, help with hobbies or introduction to hobbies.

  • Counselling & Mental Health Services (currently only available in South Australia)

Mission: to promote and facilitate to empower clients to adopt more constructive life practices.

Counselling & Mental Health Services Program: a process that focuses on enhancing the psychological well-being of the client, such that the client is then able to reach their full potential.

This is achieved by the counsellor facilitating personal growth, development, and self-understanding, which in turn empowers the client to adopt more constructive life practices.

  • Social Inclusion Program (currently only available in South Australia)

Mission: to promote and facilitate inclusion to advance the interests, well-being and welfare of people who are disadvantaged by reason of disability.

Social inclusion aims to help clients feel included and valued, giving everyone the opportunity to participate fully in society. It is about connecting with local communities, old schools, day options and workmates, family and friends in order to build and strengthen relationships and networks, addressing isolation and exclusion by supporting people who live with physical disabilities and may be unable to help themselves. Respecting the rights of all people, in all their diversity, to live with dignity and safety and to enjoy healthy relationships.

Making a positive difference every day in the lives of people with disabilities.

  • Wellness & Be Active Program (currently only available in South Australia)

Mission:to promote and facilitate inclusion to advance the interests, well-being and welfare of people who are disadvantaged by reason of disability and ageing. 

Wellness & Be Active Program (day options activities) aims to encourage physical activity, promote healthy lifestyles and improve the social contentedness within local communities.

A support service that provides an inclusive program that aims to reduce the social isolation of people who are disadvantaged, live with acute illness, disability or ageing population.

Through the weekly Wellness & Be Active Program (day option activities), we provide a range of activities to hundreds of people living in South Australia. Everyone will have access to safe, organised activities that encourage people of all ages to increase their level of physical activity, improve their health, community inclusion and enjoy meaningful participation and acceptance regardless of their physical abilities.

This program:

  • will actively teach and encourage understanding of taking care of their physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing.
  • is designed to help the community settle into life, learn something new, meet new people.
  • will actively work to advance social inclusion, encouraging communities to reconnect and be inclusive of all cultures, age groups, nationalities, disadvantages and abilities.  
  • Advances Physical & Mental Health: promotes health and wellbeing through healthy nutrition and cooking workshops, community garden and low-impact fitness classes, introduction of Animal Assisted Activities that promote physical activity and community contentedness.
  • Advances Social or Public Welfare & Advances Physical Ability: promotes and facilitates inclusion, advances the interests, well-being and welfare of people who are disadvantaged by reason of disability.

1.1.2 FACILITIES AND LOCATION(S)

Australian States

ACT, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

Australian Base Office

Head Office:

Villa Saint Hilarion Aged Care Centre

21 Farncomb Road, FULHAM SA 5024

Executive Office:

Kent Street,

FULHAM GARDENS SA 5024

External Sites: Service Delivery 

Other Australian Community Locations

Australian Service Providers: We currently provide a wide range of services to thousands of adults and children each year, including providing mutually beneficial, complementary therapy programs, partnering with a variety of service providers within Australia (hospitals, nursing homes, community houses, disability services and mental health) just to name a few. Regionalised with metropolitan Australian States.

1.1.3 THE HISTORY OF Therapeutic Dog Services Incorporated

In the Beginning

The Counselling & Therapy Dog Services originated as a pilot program conducted and trialed privately by Behavioural Scientist/Health Care Professional, Jody Morrish, within Drug and Alcohol Services, and private Mental Health Services commencing in 2001. 

Programs were found to be extremely successful. 

The working team: Ms Morrish with qualifications, educational degrees and employment experience.

  • Masters degree in behavioural science/Psych, mental health, investigations, counselling, education, disability, animal assisted interventions, dog training and behaviour.

Combined with

Original canine companion Cody the magical standard poodle 

  • 5 times champion in the show ring and trained to service dog standards

Ms Morrish with her innovation, leadership and project development inspired, service and programs were sought after throughout other SA Service Providers, Ms Morrish forming many partnership relationships. 

Ms. Morrish, along with a group of employees, other South Australian service providers, parents and caregivers identified a gap in complementary service provision for persons living with acute illness, ageing, disabilities, and mental health which gave the impetus to change the focus in our service delivery. We revisited our mission, visions and values and on the 4th of April 2012, Therapeutic Dog Services was accepted and established as a Not-for Profit Organisation. 

Opening up opportunities to join the movement, general community members with well mannered dogs joined in a volunteer capacity to help in the mission of "Making a difference"

In line with the philosophy, Therapeutic Dog Services (TDS Inc) has been driven by strong client participation and over time has developed and re-configured its services in response to the changing needs of this group. 

Today

Ms. Morrish, along with 87 volunteer staff currently provide a wide range of services to thousands of children and adults each year, including providing mutually beneficial, complementary therapy programs, in partnership within a large variety of service providers within South Australia. (hospitals, nursing homes, community houses, disability services and mental health), as well as privately delivered services from the Therapeutic Dog Services Centre at Fulham. Recognised as a professional growing organisation. 
Today we open dialogue and inspire thousands of adults, children and seniors whom are abused, disabled, sick, lonely, injured or depressed. Expanding our programs offering Animal Assisted Interventions: Activities, Education and Therapy Dog Program, Counselling and Mental Health, Wellness and Be Active, Support Visiting programs, courses and workshops.
Ms Morrish, as a recognised award winning service provider, still heads up Therapeutic Dog Services, oversees all programs and services, she now concentrates her time in designing, structuring, coordinating, and delivering clinical based programs throughout Australia.

FUTURE DIRECTION

Our goal is to provide the highest level of personalised and compassionate services for loved ones and/or a Community Facility's clients and patients.

We understand that your loved one, Community Facility client or patient deserves the best possible intervention or medical care. Facilities are skilled in many areas, but at times it is in the client’s or patients best interest to utilize available outside specialised services to enhance therapeutic care within their facility.

We are committed to social justice and inclusion, and respect the rights of all people, in all their diversity, to live with dignity and safety and to enjoy healthy relationships.

1.1.4 GOALS

Our future rests with our ability to build vital working relationships that will extend the reach, effectiveness and influence of our services for people living with acute illness, ageing, disability and mental health.

In achieving this, it is Therapeutic Dog Services vision to be an organisation that is regarded as a leading source of information and provider of complementary programs for people living with acute illness, ageing, disability and mental health.