Friends Of Baxter

Therapy Training

Natural & Holistic Complementary Therapy Training and workshops

Current Training and Workshops

NEW: Understanding Animals online training  (via Zoom)
NEW: Understanding Dogs online workshop (via zoom)

On HOLD due to COVID-19
Animal Reiki level 1
Animal Reiki Level 2 (Practitioner) – this will meet requirements for recognition by UK Reiki Council organisations and UK Reiki Federation membership
* Please note:  you need to have trained in Reiki before completing the above  Animal Reiki training
Canine Massage and Mindfulness workshop (Introductory)
Canine Tellington TTouch workshop (Introductory)

Animal therapy training/workshops are planned to be introduced online (via zoom) in the near future. In-person practical sessions will be need to be attended as part of your Animal Reiki training when COVID-19 allows.

Reiki training is being run live online, with a requirement to attend a final shorter session in person when in-person training is again permitted.
Reiki level 1* (Introductory)
Reiki Level 2* (Practitioner)
Master Practitioner
Reiki Level 3* (Professional Practice – approved to meet National Occupational Standards for CNHC registration)
* Please see www.thereikiexperience.co.uk
for more details – Reiki training is accredited  by the UK Reiki Federation and meets Reiki Council NOS & Core curriculum* (via zoom)

Feedback from all of our training and classes-to-date has been excellent so book early to avoid disappointment

NEW: Understanding Dogs workshop (via Zoom)

Dogs communicate through body language and a range of movements, signals and vocalisations. By recognising and understanding what dogs are “telling you”, you are learning ‘dog language’. By responding to the signs appropriately – which shows that you understand them – it can enable owners to strengthen bonds with their dogs and anyone working with dogs to more effectively build a dog’s confidence, earn their trust and stay safe.

This workshop is a theory and discussion session that provides useful information to take away and put into practice.
Although developed with Reiki Practitioners in mind, it:

  • is useful for dog owners
  • provides vital information for Reiki and other therapy practitioners to use in therapy sessions 
  • benefits dog walkers, dog carers/ pet sitters
  • is important knowledge for anyone working with dogs where this knowledge has not been included in other training

The workshop covers: 

  • Intro about dogs
  • Recognising, understanding and responding optimally to canine body language
  • Identifying and knowing how to respond to calming signals, also which signals you might use yourself
  • Recognising different canine vocalisations and what they mean 
  • Basic anatomy – where major organs and bones are located
  • Legalities specific to dog care and what it means for you

Questions after each section (answered as a group) enable learning to be confirmed and suggested exercises provide fun ways to apply the teachings and further develop your learning after the training. 
An E-manual/ handouts will be provided for you to download
You will be sent a certificate to print out, which can be used  for evidence of Continuing Professional Development 

Cost: £25
Next dates:
  Wednesday May 5th  
Timing: 7pm – approx 9pm
Maximum 10 places per workshop to enable everyone to be easily involved in discussions 

Examples of feedback from our first Understanding Dogs Workshop May 2021

“Aww Thanks Sue. I am so glad I joined the class, it was really helpful.”   Debbie
“I found the whole 2 hours really interesting and so many different aspects were covered. I will be so much more aware now of how dogs are probably feeling and what they are communicating. This should really be included in the school curriculum.”   Jenny
“Thank you. The knowledge you shared will focus my attention much more on the dogs I see and meet and hopefully, enhance any future contacts I may have with dogs. Your handouts after the sessions are great  and the certificates are lovely. I would certainly recommend this and your Understanding Animals  Training day to any other interested Therapy Practitioners.”    Loretto

NEW: Understanding Animals training - developed for Reiki Practitioners (via Zoom)

Animal Reiki Practitioners are expected to understand animals as well as Reiki. Until early 2020 no recognised criteria existed for the recognition of Animal Reiki Practitioners by professional Reiki organisations and Understanding Animals was not included in many Animal Reiki training courses. However certain legislation applies to all practitioners offering therapies to animals and much additional practical and theoretical knowledge benefits the professionalism of the practitioner and the optimum response and outcome for the animal.

Friends Of Baxter Animal Care therefore offers complete Animal Reiki Practitioner training, but also this additional training on Understanding Animals specifically focussing on dogs, cats and equines, for anyone who:

  • Has done Animal Reiki training that didn’t include this content and/or
  • Has some experience in offering Reiki to animals but has limited knowledge and/or no formal training on this topic

This training covers:

  • If, when and how to approach and offer Reiki to animals in a safe way, to best earn their trust and to gain the best outcomes
  • Recognising, understanding and responding to animal body language, calming signals and common behaviours 
  • Awareness of major organ and bone locations
  • Relevant veterinary, animal welfare and health & safety legislation/ supporting guidance – what you need to know and do 

This live zoom training provides much useful teaching, discussion, practical information for Reiki sessions, and questions after each section (answered as a group) cement learnings. Suggested exercises then provide fun ways to further develop your learning after the training. 

It is suggested that you purchase Understanding Animals: A working Guide for Reiki Practitioners – UK Reiki Federation, a publication  that I co-authored on this subject. Additional content is provided in an E- handout and you will be sent a certificate to print out, which can be used  for evidence of Continuing Professional Development

Cost: £55
Next dates:
Saturday May 29th  
Timing: 10am – approx 4pm
Maximum 12 places per workshop to enable everyone to be easily involved in discussions 

Examples of feedback from our first Understanding Animals training day, April 2021:

“Thank you Sue. It was a great session, brilliantly organised and structured. I will be looking at the animals with “new eyes”, much more aware of their appearance and behaviours.”   Loretto 
“Many thanks for a very interesting session which was really informative but which also allowed time for reflection. I look forward to working with you again and continuing my Animal Reiki journey.”     Sue
“That was fab.”     Cath
“Thank you for today, it was really interesting and informative. It definitely expanded my knowledge of giving animals a Reiki session.”      Michelle  

Understanding Animls book front cover

Animal Reiki Level 1, & Level 2 (Practitioner)

As an Animal Reiki Practitioner you need to understand and be confident in offering Reiki to animals – competently, effectively and safely. This requires you to be proficient in Reiki as well as having a good understanding  of animals. 

This training includes: 

  • Understanding Animals (see above for content)  
  • How animal’s relate to energy
  • A little science about energy healing for animals
  • The basics of Animal Reiki & our 10 Golden Rules
  • Offering Reiki to animals and building trust – if, how, when, where …
  • Supporting techniques that can benefit your Reiki sessions
  • How to best offer Reiki to animals in specific situations and emotional states 
  • Practitioner roles and responsibilities
  • And more……

This training provides theory and practical learning to be followed again by dedicated practice and further Reiki treatments before you will be awarded with Animal Reiki Professional Practitioner status. It may be possible for this training to be conducted at venues near you if suitable facilities are available for the theoretical learning and animals are available for the practical sessions. 

For staff and established volunteers at rescue centres and similar animal care centres, we are setting up a special arrangement for Reiki training – please enquire if interested.

Pre-requisite:
You need to have trained in Reiki before training in Animal Reiki. An animal’s emotional  issues can sometimes stem from the owner’s emotions and so you need to be qualified as a Reiki Practitioner and be insured to work with people before being awarded an Animal Reiki Practitioner. Reiki training teaches you about Reiki, Animal Reiki teaches you how to effectively offer Reiki to animals. 

Cost : £165 for level 1, £185 for level 2 
Includes manuals and certificate
Next dates: 
Level 1: TBA  when COVID-19 restrictions permit in-person training at the animals centres where our training is held 
Level 2 – As above
Although places cannot yet be booked, please register your interest to be notified when dates are available to book.

Reiki Training Level I(Introductory)

This is the basic entry level for learning the technique of Reiki and starts with self healing. Whether you wish to work with people or animals you need to learn to offer Reiki to people first.

The 2 day course (or equivalent hours) will consist of you receiving attunements, as well as learning theory and putting your learning into practice. After this course you will be able to give Reiki to yourself and on an unpaid basis to friends and family. You will then be asked to complete a number of Reiki treatments to show your readiness to progress to level II (practitioner level).

Our events are an opportunity to meet like-minded people, have fun and learn a technique that is yours for life but you are not left on your own after the training, Sue will be your mentor for life or for as long as you desire her help. 

Cost, dates and student feedback: see Therapy training | thereikiexperience or Online Therapy Training | thereikiexperience

Due to COVID-1 restrictions, Reiki training is currently live online, with a requirement to attend a final shorter session in person as soon as in-person training is  permitted.
* Reiki training by Sue at The Reiki Experience to professional practice level (includes levels I and II) is accredited  by the UK Reiki Federation and meets Reiki Council NOS & Core curriculum.

Reiki

Reiki Level II (Practitioner Level)

This takes your Reiki to a higher level, again through a mix of attunement, theoretical learning and practical sessions. At this level you will have an opportunity to send Reiki distantly and work to a greater extent with animals should you wish, although it is highly recommended that you train in Animal Reiki should you wish to offer Reiki to animals.

As for level I you will be asked to complete a required number of Reiki treatments and hours of practice following your training in order to gain adequate experience before offering your services as a Reiki Practitioner to paying customers. We will also discuss practical aspects such as professional indemnity insurance, membership of a professional Reiki association also ways to gain experience and raise awareness of your Reiki service. 

In between level I and II, and ongoing afterwards, you are welcome to attend Sue’s regular Reiki shares where you can meet and chat to other people The Reiki Experience has trained, learn and practice new skills, share experiences and enjoy relaxing and fun evenings. The courses do provide a lot of learning but we aim for them above all to be enjoyable and rewarding for everyone…. and Sue is there for you afterwards should you need any support or guidance.  

Cost, dates and student feedback:  see Therapy training | thereikiexperience or Online Therapy Training | thereikiexperience

Due to COVID-1 restrictions, Reiki training is currently live online, with a requirement to attend a final shorter session in person as soon as in-person training is  permitted.
* Reiki training by Sue at The Reiki Experience to professional practice level (includes levels I and II) is accredited  by the UK Reiki Federation and meets Reiki Council NOS & Core curriculum.

Tellington TTouch Workshop
(Introductory)

TTouch is a kind, effective and forward-thinking way to help build a dog’s confidence and improve learning.  It recognises that there is an inextricable link between posture and behaviour and uses body work, groundwork exercises and specific equipment to release tension and to promote a feeling of calm and well-being.

On this workshop you will learn how simple TTouch techniques can help your dog become calmer and more relaxed with more focus and confidence. 

Attending this workshop does not qualify you to offer what you learn to animals other than your own on a paid or unpaid basis. More extensive training is required to become a Practitioner.

The workshop will cover:

  • Observations on how to build up a picture of your dog’s
    posture and coat changes which may be causing tension
  • TTouch bodywork, more specifically some touches that
    will help to calm and relax your dog
  • Lead Handling Techniques for when out walking or doing
    groundwork with your dog
  • Body wraps for use when your dog is stressed to help
    him/her to feel calm and confident.

More details:

  –   We just have space for 10 dogs with owners/ carers and places must be booked and
       paid in advance
  –   Your dog must be dog friendly

What you need to bring with you: 
  –   
A blanket or bed for your dog to lie on between exercises

Cost: £35. Pre booking is essential. 

  –   The workshop is run by Penny Leedal, Tellington TTouch Practitioner P1
  –   Next date, timing and venue: TBC
Although places cannot yet be booked, please register your interest to be notified when dates are available to book.

Canine Massage & Mindfulness Workshop (Introductory)

“Touch is so simple, yet so profound, and it tells us much about our dog’s body”

If the idea of 2 hours away from ‘normal’ life in a relaxing space with your dog, learning and practicing an amazing yet simple, foundational massage technique appeals, then come along to our Canine Massage and Mindfulness Meditation Workshop on Sept 14th. In this workshop you will learn how to support your dog’s welfare through touch. The technique being taught (effleurage) can then be used at home with your dog.

Canine massage can help you to better understand your dog’s body and intensify the bonds built between you. It is a natural therapy to restore, maintain and enhance your dog’s overall well-being, and as it is holistic, it works collectively on the dog’s body, mind and emotions. Most dogs find it very relaxing. Creating time and space just for you and your dog can help to enhance your mood too!

Attending this workshop does not qualify you to offer what you learn to animals other than your own on a paid or unpaid basis. More extensive training is required to become a Practitioner.

Benefits of Canine Massage and Mindfulness:

  –    Reduces stress for you and your dog
  –    Strengthens the bond between you and your dog
  –    Improved general mood
  –    Improves well-being
  –    Greater ability to notice changes in your dog’s body

More details

We just have space for 10 dogs with owners/ carers and places must be booked and paid in advance.
Your dog – must be dog friendly

What you need to bring with you:

  –   A cushion for you to sit on
  –   A blanket for your dog to lie on (we will be working on the floor)

Cost: £30. Pre booking is essential.

  –   The workshop is held by Canine Massage Therapy Practitioner Jayne (member of the
       Canine Massage Guild).
  –   Please arrive at 10am for an 10.15 start. The workshop will end approx. 12.15 with
       time afterwards for questions
  –   Next date, timing and location : TBC
Although places cannot yet be booked, please register your interest to be notified when dates are available to book.

Additional information

Introductory Workshops 

These are an introduction to give you an idea of the different techniques/ therapies. They do not qualify you to offer what you learn to animals other than your own on a paid or unpaid basis. More extensive training is required to become a Practitioner, in some cases this can take 2 years.

Reiki

You may find courses elsewhere that allow you to train in Animal Reiki at both level 1 and 2 after you have completed just level 1 (human) Reiki training, however it is necessary to be qualified to offer treatments to animals carer/ owners too, to be able to help animals optimally where their emotional or behavioural issues stem from the owner’s behaviour. For this, is it necessary to have qualified as a (human) Reiki Practitioner and be insured to work with people.

It can also be helpful to allow animal owners and carers the opportunity to try a treatment themselves to better understand how Reiki works and what it feels like, so that they can better understand the possible benefit for their animal(s).

Please also note that if you opt for an on-line Reiki course you will not be permitted to join any Professional Reiki Association that is a member of the UK Reiki Council. You will also not be eligible for addition to the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) UK register of accredited complementary therapy practitioners. Being included on this Register allows GPs to refer patients to you.

General comments for all training and workshops 

The techniques or therapies offered by us in training or workshops do not replace, veterinary care, but may provide help and support in a variety of ways.
If you have any health concerns about your animal(s), please refer to your vet before carrying out these techniques or therapies.