Here are some useful links that we hope you find interesting as you develop your CPPD business. We’ll add to this list and will let you know through our newsletter to keep you up to date.


Dr David Hamilton is a scientist by trade who became interested in the powerful link between our minds and bodies. Now a best selling author and public speaker he has written much about the effects of kindness and how your mind can heal your body. Making science easily accessible he explains and outlines research that can be helpful in both understanding the impact of the work you do and providing evidence for funding bids. Visit Dr Hamilton’s website for more information. Please click here.


General articles exploring how the mind and body works:

Emotions & Health – please click here.

The Mind-Body Connection – please click here.

How Your Thoughts & Emotions Can Affect Your Body – please click here.

Cause & Effect: Our Emotions – please click here.

The Brain & Trauma – please click here.


Studies outlining the benefits of working with dogs are many and varied in their scientific rigour and numerical significance. Suffice it to say there are an increasing number of research studies outlining the benefits. Here are some links you may find useful.

Measuring Dog-Owner Relationship – please click here.

Canine-Assisted Therapy – please click here.

Canine-Assisted Therapy & Children – please click here.

Selection of AAT Articles – please click here.



Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy: Foundations and Guidelines for Animal-Assisted Interventions – by Aubrey H. Fine (Editor) One of the major texts recommended on study programmes.

Animal-Assisted Therapy: A Guide For Professional Counselors, School Counselors, Social Workers, And Educators  – by Lynda King (Author)

‘The Brain’s Way of Healing’ by Norman Doidge.

The Five side effects of Kindness by David Hamilton


The multiple benefits of owning pets

Mood-Boosting Power of Dogs – please click here.


People focussed learning theories

There are many places to learn more and we talk about this in detail during specific workshops. Here are just a few:

Learning Theories – please click here.

Overview of Learning Theories – please click here.

Social Learning Theory – please click here.


Social Business

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) is a charity that supports people using entrepreneurial approaches to tackle complex social problems. Please click here.

Unltd is a provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK and around the world. UnLtd resources hundreds of individuals each year through its core Awards programme. Please click here.

Social Enterprise UK is the national body for social enterprise, business with a social or environmental mission. Please click here.

The Business Model Canvas, as a YouTube Clip. Please click here.


This video, Start With Why by Simon Sinek is a ‘must watch’!