Afternoon Break-Out Session I (Choose 1)
♦ Integrative Behavioral Healthcare X2 - Integrating Behavioral Healthcare with Primary
Medicine and the Therapeutic Farm - Dr. Carlene Holder Taylor
Learn about an integrated behavioral healthcare program serving people across the lifespan that
encompasses a multidisciplinary team - including a multi-species AAI program - to provide health,
wellness, and experiential services while being grounded in a sacred connection with the natural world.
♦ Ethical Considerations in Animal Assisted Interactions: Potential Potholes and
the Road Ahead - Dr. Kirby Wycoff
From emotional support dogs, to mobility assistance equines and everything in between,
we are seeing more and more animals serving humans in need. The reality is that if we are truly
to provide high quality services to humans with Animal Assisted Interactions, we need to protect
and respect our animal partners in the process. This breakout session will prepare participants
to engage in ethical and responsible decision-making in our selection and use of working animals.
The evidence-based methods presented will offer practitioners a viable way to assess and
monitor an animal's suitability in the world of AAI- both for the animal's sake and to maximize the
therapeutic benefit for all parties involved.
Speak! is presented by the University of Minnesota's Nature-Based Therapeutic Services, a shared initiative with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Center for Spirituality and Healing to further the understanding of how nature heals.
Register online or call 612-301-1210