Dolphin Assisted Therapy Advanced Training Course

This therapeutic and psychological-scientific advanced training course offers professionals the qualification of the „Animal-Assisted-Therapist“ with the focus on the Dolphin-Assisted-Therapy with the concept of Alpha-Therapy

Education principal: Mag. Norbert Trompisch

The DAT- Advanced training course is a time effective one semester education that conveys general Animal Assisted Therapy and DAT specific qualifications to professionals – by professionals. It contains a theoretical and supervised practical unit. The one-week theory course covers the history and principals of Animal Assisted Therapy and Dolphintherapy, zoological basics of dolphins, marine mammal conservation and ethics of the employment of marine mammals in DAT, contributions from research of dolphins in the wild and findings on DAT, the different DAT- therapy concepts and centers, DAT on contrast to other animal assisted therapies, basics of interdisciplinary teamwork and therapist-parental communication. The 4 week practical course takes place at the DAT-therapy facility in Antalya, Turkey and offers practical training and supervision at the ongoing therapies with dolphins at the Alpha-Therapy center in Antalya, Turkey

The Sigmund Freud University Vienna Paris offers a specialization in the course of the psychology curriculum on dolphin assisted therapy. This special curriculum is carried out as joint studies between the SFU and DOLPHINSWIM. More details on the joint studies with Sigmund Freud University

Career as dolphintherapist

Worldwide more than 20 dolphintherapy institutes are constantly hiring new therapists. Professionals are still rare in the field, which increases your jobfinding chances.

Our Institute in Antalya offers participants of the advanced dolphintherapy training course the unique opportunity to work freelance with their own clients at our facility as part of a franchise system.  Members of this program are allowed to represent the brand “Alpha-Therapy” and to use the Dolphinswim marketing tools, such as broshures, website, presentation video, etc. and a shared internal knowledge base.

Target group

  • Psychotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speechtherapists, Kindergarden Teachers, Nurses, Shiatsu- and Craniosacrotherapists
  • Psychologists, Pedagogues, Special Education Teachers, Medical Doctors, Professionals in Social Counseling, etc.
  • Applicants with longterm practical experience in relevant areas of DAT, for example as care-takers of people with special needs
  • Dolphintrainers


This education consists of  an one week theory workshop in Kärnten, Austria and the 4 week practical training at the Dolphin Center DOLPHINLAND in Antalya, Turkey.

The contents of the theory course cover basics on the zoology of dolphins, history of animal assisted therapy and dolphin assisted therapy, relevant therapeutic and pedagogic concepts as well as important results from dolphin assisted therapy research. Furthermore it is dedicated to reflection, intensified practical preparation and specific tutorials to gain the skills needed to become a Dolphin Therapist.

The practical skills for dolphin assisted therapy are being gained at the practical training. Students learn under supervision of a professional dolphin therapist the methods involved with DAT, interactions between the animals, clients and their relatives as well as professional handling of the therapy animals. The practical training can also be attended in 2 separate two-week parts.

The education closes with a 15 page paper or a 1h presentation. Successful students recieve a diploma as a “certified dolphin assisted therapist”.


Theoretical module in Spittal, Kärnten, Austria: 4.3.-11.3.2017 or 22.7.-29.7.2017

Snacks and accommodation (with own sleeping-bag) at the seminar house are included. Those ones who require hotel standard we recommend Pension Brückenwirt, +4347622772 (rates start at EUR 30.- per night), Hacienda Mexicana. ( or the beautiful Laggerhof ( located directly at the Millstätter lake (15min. drive from the seminarhouse).

Practical modules: Students usually attend the practical module in the half-year after having attended the theory course. Costs for accommodations and food are not included. We can offer reasonable acomodations near DolphinLand starting from EUR 450.- per month.

Admission: EUR 2500.-

Modalities of payment: EUR 150.- at registration, EUR 690.- 2 weeks prior theory seminar, EUR 1660.- 2 weeks prior practical training. The prices do not include travel expenses (airline tickets).

If you fulfill the requirements of participation you can enroll for this education by sending us your application including coverletter, CV and photo by email ( When we can confirm your application you will recieve the application confirmation and invoice by email. An initial payment of EUR 150.- ensures the spot.

DAT-course Curriculum

Europa's meest toonaangevende instituut voor dolfijn ondersteunende therapie (dolfijntherapie), zwemmen met dolfijnen, dolfijntherapie educatie, dolfijn ondersteunende manager coaching en dolfijn onderzoek in Antalya, Turkije.
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