ANIMAL-ASSISTED INTERACTIONS

Planned services that partner with domestic animal species to build confidence, improve social skills, and reduce stress.   

Animal nature supports human nature by engaging us in a multi-sensory experience to connect mind, body and spirit—nature's way of healingAnimals, plants and humans need each other to survive—as Nature intended!  
 

Animal-Assisted Interaction services are a critical component of the overall Nature-Based Therapeutics initiative at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

 

ANIMAL-ASSISTED INTERACTIONS

Direct Services

Education & Learning

Outreach & Resources

Events

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For further information, please contact:
Tanya K. Bailey, MSW, LICSW
Animal-Assisted Interaction Program Specialist
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
University of Minnesota
tanya@umn.edu
612-301-3485 (office)

Education & Learning Services

WHAT
Animal-Assisted Interactions education and learning services provide courses and professional development, program development, consultation and supervision, as well as Lunch & Learn, keynote, plenary, and annual workshop presentations on the healing and therapeutic benefits of the human-animal-nature-bond.

HOW 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Human Health Professionals: Animal-Assisted Interactions workshops and trainings provide CEUs and focus on a specific animal species, specific human health modality, or clientele.
  • Education Professionals: Animal-Assisted Interactions workshops and trainings provide CEUs and are specific to the goals and objectives of the learning environment as well as the student group - special education, autism-spectrum, developmental disabilities, social-emotional learning, etc.

PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
Animal-Assisted Interactions frameworks, training structures, policies and procedures, animal training and husbandry protocols, and activities tailored to the contracting site.

Online Animal-Assisted Interactions curriculum, teaching resources, and activities to serve as an introduction into the field of Animal-Assisted Interactions.

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATION AND SUPERVISION
Support and oversight to new and active Animal-Assisted Interactions teams as it pertains to accomplishing therapeutic and experiential learning goals and objectives.

FOR STUDENTS
An internship site for U of MN students who desire training in Animal-Assisted Interactions.