ANIMAL-ASSISTED THERAPY, MEANS INCLUDING ANIMALS IN THERAPEUTIC WORK WITH PEOPLE.
Who are we?
Flash Farm is an Animal-Assisted Therapy farm based in Myers Flat, 15 minutes from Bendigo. Flash Farm uses animals in a number of ways, such as counselling, as humorous relief, as comfort and to assist in learning life skills, social skills or other key behaviours. Flash Farm provides support for vulnerable people or those wishing to experience and receive counselling and therapeutic interventions in a different setting and with the opportunity to include animals into therapeutic sessions.
What do we do?
At Flash Farm, Animal-Assisted Therapy alongside additional therapeutic interventions are used to support; emotional wellness, understanding appropriate behaviour and overall wellbeing of people.
We provide individual or group programs to support vulnerable people who have suffered from abuse and neglect or are dealing with anxiety, depression or struggling with their confidence and self-respect.
We are also a registered NDIS provider and provide services to support people with a disability to expand their opportunities for community participation and support to grow in their own self-knowledge while developing their own personal resources. We assist people in working towards meeting their goals, gaining insight into their own lives and being able to make informed decisions.
How do we do it?
The primary therapeutic intervention used at Flash Farm is: Animal-Assisted Therapy. Animal-Assisted Therapy is the use of animals to understand one’s own thoughts, feelings and behaviours. In Animal-Assisted Therapy, the therapist will identify the therapeutic or clinical goals, and use the animal to help them achieve these goals.
Other interventions and theories that also informs practice at the farm are trauma and attachment, choice theory, cognitive behaviour therapy used in conjunction with strength-based practice