trainers

Samantha King B.Psych.Sc(hons IIA)

Head Trainer/Owner

Psychologist/Clinic Director

Certified Dog Trainer (Cert 3 Dog Training & Behaviour)

Board approved supervisor (4+2 program)

EAGALA certified


Samantha is a Psychologist and clinic director at Psychology & Animal Assisted Wellbeing, a clinic where therapists work with a therapy dog providing animal-assisted interventions. Sam works with her dogs (Sonny, Oliver & Nala) to provide  Animal Assisted Therapy for children, adolescents & adults.   


Samantha has experience working with therapy dogs across various settings, including schools, community mental health and private practice since 2013.   Samantha has spoken as several conferences on AAT topics, including the 50th Australian Psychological Conference in October 2015 and the Australia & New Zealand Psychiatrists Conference in Hobart in 2016. Samantha is also EAGALA trained (2018) and provides Equine Assisted Psychotherapy with her horses, Power & Ruby. 


Samantha is a qualified dog trainer (Certificate III in Dog Training & Behaviour - NDTF). She is also currently enrolled in and completing a Certificate II in Animal Assisted Psychotherapy through Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado (USA). 

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Jess Hill B.OCC.THY(hons)

Head Trainer/Owner

Occupational Therapist/Deputy Director of AAI Research Unit (UQ)

PhD Candidate & Author

EAGALA certified


Jess is a Paediatric Occupational Therapist with extensive experience in working with children on the Autism Spectrum.   


Jess is appointed the Deputy Director of the Animal-Assisted Interventions Research Unit at UQ in 2018. She is also currently undertaking her PhD, Canine-assisted Occupational Therapy Interventions and Engagement in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 


Jess works with her canine-assistants, Labradoodles - Elsa & Loki, to engage and motivate clients to participate in OT activities such as fine and gross motor skills, pretend play and social skills. 


Jess has attended formal Animal-Assisted Therapy training, including Level 1 AAPT (2016) and EAGALA (2018).

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Amy Biggs-Tsoubos

Psychologist

Assistant Trainer


Amy is a Psychologist and Animal Assisted Therapist at PAAW.

Amy became interested in AAT in 2015 and completed the TDA training with her family dog Lulu in 2016. From that time, Amy has continued to develop her passion and experience in this area, facilitating animal assisted group programs for children aged 4 years to 18 years old. 

Amy has since added two Golden Retrievers, Harvey and Lola, to her team for therapy work.  Amy attends obedience training with The Canine Classroom.

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