Nature-Based Therapeutics

ANIMAL-ASSISTED INTERACTIONS
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Direct Services
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Nature-Based Therapeutics
ANIMAL ASSISTED INTERACTIONS
Direct Services 

WHAT
Animal Assisted Interactions direct services provides individual and group programming. Services are offered on-site or at other appropriate facilities in the Twin Cities metro area. 

GOALS
Animal Assisted Interactions direct services provide individual and group programming to accomplish any all of the following well-being objectives:
Social
Emotional
Cognitive
Physical
Spiritual 

HOW
Animal partners currently include horses, dogs and chickens. When appropriate, our trained staff also work with donkeys, llamas, goats, rabbits and guinea pigs. Services are offered on-site or at other appropriate facilities in the Twin Cities metro area. See below for examples.

WHO WE ARE
Trained, caring staff strive to maintain best practices in all we do in our Animal Assisted Interactions services. This includes guidelines and policies set forth by two internationally recognized organizations - PATH International and Pet Partners

EXAMPLES

Services

  • Horses: grooming, leading, training, and assisted/adaptive riding.
  • Dogs: literacy development with R.E.A.D. Dogs MN, training, walking, play.
  • Chickensobservation and training, relaxation exercises, husbandry.

Individuals and groups who receive services:

  • Schools: Including focused areas, such as preschools, Head Start, special education, charter schools, and homeschool networks.
  • Youth-based organizations and services: including community mental health centers, hospitals, corrections, chemical health, group homes/residential treatment facilities, eating disorders clinics, and mentoring organizations (Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Girl Scouts).
  • Adult-based organizations and services: including community mental health centers, hospitals, corrections, chemical health, group homes/residential treatment facilities, eating disorders clinics, senior care facilities, dementia care facilities, veteran-specific organizations and services, family support services, and workforce development.

SAFETY
All animals must pass screenings and evaluations for health, behavior and training. The human member of the partnership is equally accountable for the Animal Assisted Interactions session and maintains their animal's humane care and welfare as the first priority. 


 


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)