NATURE-BASED THERAPEUTICS
Classes, Programs & Events

It's nature's way of healing. Nature Based Therapeutics are professionally facilitated interactions with plants, animals and natural landscapes to bring about measurable outcomes in human health and well-being. It is nature's way of healing all people in physical, social, emotional and cognitive ways.
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Animal-Assisted Interventions Practitioner Training
FOR CURRENTLY REGISTERED THERAPY ANIMAL HANDLERS

Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI) is the intentional inclusion of animals in a therapeutic process for humans, and often occurs in settings such as hospitals, multi-level care communities, mental health facilities and schools.

This series is meant for currently-registered therapy animal handlers* who are interested in deepening and improving the relationships with and for our animal partners.

Join us as we train "the other end of the leash" by refreshing our therapy animal handling skills, learn mindfulness-based practices that benefit and improve our visits, learn massage techniques to help our animal partners relax during visits and at home after visiting, and brush up on some fun tricks and behaviors to enhance visiting time with different client populations. Certificates of completion will be awarded after each class.

*Non-registered handlers may be able to attend (without an animal) by request to Sarah Palm at sarahpalm@mac.com

The Animal Assisted Interventions Practitioner Training is the latest initiative with the University of Minnesota's Nature-based Therapeutic Services, a shared collaboration between the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Center for Spirituality and Healing. 


Practitioner Handling 

Animal-Assisted Interventions Practitioner Handling Tips and Techniques
Wednesday, March 8, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. (850-03-08-17)
Nutrena Conference Center (located within Leatherdale Equine Center), University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus
OR
Wednesday, April 12, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. (850-04-12-17)
Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Patti Anderson, M.Ed., C.P.D.T., Pet Partners Evaluator and Sarah Palm, Pet Partners Evaluator, Canine Sports Massage Therapist and Program Assistant, Nature-Based Therapeutic Services

Refresh your handling skills as an Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI) Practitioner. You will get an update on best practices, learn more about recognizing stress signals in our animal partners, and discuss the best ways to support your animal partners during a visit. You will review toolbox "must haves" and discuss handling tips and techniques for different settings including hospitals, schools, and mental health facilities. This class will be a combination of lecture, Q & A, and role playing in various visiting scenarios. You will leave with deepened insights into your animal partners' needs and ready-to-use techniques and tools to employ in the field that will ultimately create a more effective experience for those you visit together. A certificate of completion will be awarded after class.
NOTE: This class is for the "human end" of the leash; please leave your animal partners at home.
Limit 40

register REGISTER Wednesday, March 8, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Nutrena Conference Center (located within Leatherdale Equine Center), University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus
$75, parking is complimentary directly outside Leatherdale Center see map
 
register REGISTER Wednesday, April 12, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Bee Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
$75, includes Arboretum admission
 
bundle BUNDLE Bundle and save! All four Leatherdale St. Paul location Animal Assisted Interventions Practitioner classes: Mar 8, May 10, Jul 12, Sep 13 $275 (850-AAIBUNDLESTP-17)
 
bundle BUNDLE Bundle and save! All four Arboretum Bee Center location Animal Assisted Interventions Practitioner classes: Apr 12, Jun 7, Aug 9, Oct 11: $275 (850-AAIBUNDLEARB-17)

CUSTOM BUNDLE Yes! You can receive the discounted bundle pricing on all four classes with mix-and-match locations. Call 612-301-1210 to customize your bundle registration! $275 Mix-and-match 4-class Bundle

 Mindfulness

Mindfulness-Based Practices for the Animal-Assisted Interventions Practitioner
Wednesday, May 10, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. (850-05-10-17)
Nutrena Conference Center (located within Leatherdale Equine Center), University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus
OR
Wednesday, June 7, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. (850-06-07-17)
Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Troy Moles, Ph.D., CC-AASP, Sport Psychology Fellow with Premier Sport Psychology

Develop enhanced awareness and acceptance skills to support yourself and your animal partners before, during, and after visits with guidance from Premier Sport Psychology, who strives to provide optimal performance, wellness and enjoyment of their clients through mindfulness. You will learn how to apply basic mindfulness-based techniques individually and/or with your animal partners. Mindfulness will allow you as an Animal-Assisted Interventions Practitioner to best advocate for your animal partners, and ensure everyone involved in your visit has the best experience possible. A certificate of completion will be awarded after class.
NOTE: This class is for the "human end" of the leash, but therapy animals are welcome to attend. If you choose to bring your registered animal partner please bring a crate for him/her to relax in during downtime. All registered species are welcome to attend, but note that your animal may be more comfortable at home if s/he is distracted when other species are present.
Limit 40

register REGISTER Wednesday, May 10, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Nutrena Conference Center (located within Leatherdale Equine Center), University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus
$75, parking is complimentary directly outside Leatherdale Center see map
 
register REGISTER Wednesday, Wednesday, June 7, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Bee Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
$75, includes Arboretum admission
 
bundle BUNDLE Bundle and save! All four Leatherdale St. Paul location Animal Assisted Interventions Practitioner classes: Mar 8, May 10, Jul 12, Sep 13 $275 (850-AAIBUNDLESTP-17)  
 
bundle BUNDLE Bundle and save! All four Arboretum Bee Center location Animal Assisted Interventions Practitioner classes: Apr 12, Jun 7, Aug 9, Oct 11: $275 (850-AAIBUNDLEARB-17)

CUSTOM BUNDLE Yes! You can receive the discounted bundle pricing on all four classes with mix-and-match locations. Call 612-301-1210 to customize your bundle registration! $275 Mix-and-match 4-class Bundle

Massage 

Massage Techniques for Therapy Animals
Wednesday, July 12, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. (850-07-12-17)
Nutrena Conference Center (located within Leatherdale Equine Center), University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus
OR
Wednesday, August 9, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. (850-08-09-17)
Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Cindy Hickey, Canine/Equine Sports Massage Therapist and Instructor, Founder of Supreme Motion (suprememotion.com)
Sarah Palm, Canine Sports Massage Therapist, Pet Partners Evaluator and Program Assistant, Nature-Based Therapeutics Services

Learn gentle massage techniques to help support and relax your animal partners! Through a combination of lecture and hands-on instruction, you will learn to feel for areas of tightness in a therapy animal's body, recognize ways to position and support an animal for best visiting practices, and ways to help an animal partner relax after a therapy visit by using massage. The class will focus on small four-legged registered therapy animals (dogs and cats) but rabbits, rats and guinea pigs may attend, too. An added bonus: massage can help strengthen the bond we share with our animal partners! Massage practice for most dogs will take place on the floor, while smaller animals may be placed on provided tables. Space for working spots is limited to 20 teams (animal + handler). The remaining 20 non-working spots will have the option of partnering with or watching a working team. Please be aware that there may be varied species present for this class, so if this poses a distraction for your animal partner s/he may be more comfortable at home.
A certificate of completion will be awarded after class.
EQUIPMENT: If you are bringing an animal partner, please bring a mat or blanket and a crate for them to rest in during lecture.
Limit 40

register REGISTER Wednesday, July 12, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Nutrena Conference Center (located within Leatherdale Equine Center), University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus
$75, parking is complimentary directly outside Leatherdale Center see map
 
register REGISTER Wednesday, August 9, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Bee Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
$75, includes Arboretum admission
 
bundle BUNDLE Bundle and save! All four Leatherdale St. Paul location Animal Assisted Interventions Practitioner classes: Mar 8, May 10, Jul 12, Sep 13 $275 (850-AAIBUNDLESTP-17)  
 
bundle BUNDLE Bundle and save! All four Arboretum Bee Center location Animal Assisted Interventions Practitioner classes: Apr 12, Jun 7, Aug 9, Oct 11: $275 (850-AAIBUNDLEARB-17)

CUSTOM BUNDLE Yes! You can receive the discounted bundle pricing on all four classes with mix-and-match locations. Call 612-301-1210 to customize your bundle registration! $275 Mix-and-match 4-class Bundle

Tricks 

Tricky Business: An Introduction to Skills and Techniques to Enhance Animal-Assisted Interventions
Wednesday, September 13, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. (850-09-13-17)
Nutrena Conference Center (located within Leatherdale Equine Center), University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus
OR
Wednesday, October 11, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. (850-10-11-17)
Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Sarah Palm, Pet Partners Evaluator, Therapy Dog Program Lead at Cloud Nine Training School for Dogs, Canine Sports
Massage Therapist and Program Assistant, Nature-Based Therapeutic Services
Connie Priesz, Certified Trick Dog Instructor and Pet Partners Evaluator

Come with your canine partner and build your foundation of trick training skills that can be used on a visit, and ways to consider which tricks work best for different visiting scenarios. You and your dog will learn basic tricks and behaviors to enhance the three components of an Animal Assisted Interventions visit: Approach, Interaction, and Closure. Through a combination of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on instruction, this class will help deepen the bond between the you as the handler and your canine partner, and allow for a more enriched visiting experience for all involved. Please attend this class "as if you are on a visit" by using acceptable equipment for your dog. Flexileads, pinch, prong, choke and e-collars are not allowed. A 4- to 6-foot leash is preferred. Reward-based training methods will be used in this class. Space for working spots is limited to 20 teams (animal + handler). The remaining 20 non-working spots will have the option of partnering with or watching a working team. A certificate of completion will be awarded after class.
EQUIPMENT: If you are bringing a dog, bring lots of small, "high value" treats for your dog and bring a crate for your dog to relax in during lecture.
Limit 40

register REGISTER Wednesday, September 13, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Nutrena Conference Center (located within Leatherdale Equine Center), University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus
$75, parking is complimentary directly outside Leatherdale Center see map
 
register REGISTER Wednesday, October 11, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Bee Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
$75, includes Arboretum admission

bundle BUNDLE Bundle and save! All four Leatherdale St. Paul location Animal Assisted Interventions Practitioner classes: Mar 8, May 10, Jul 12, Sep 13 $275 (850-AAIBUNDLESTP-17)

bundle BUNDLE Bundle and save! All four Arboretum Bee Center location Animal Assisted Interventions Practitioner classes: Apr 12, Jun 7, Aug 9, Oct 11: $275 (850-AAIBUNDLEARB-17)  
 
CUSTOM BUNDLE Yes! You can receive the discounted bundle pricing on all four classes with mix-and-match locations. Call 612-301-1210 to customize your bundle registration! $275 Mix-and-match 4-class Bundle

Other Nature-Based Therapeutics Related Programs

Medical Exchanges: Mapping the Human Body in Japan and China

On view for the first time, the texts in this fascinating exhibition from the collections of the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine provide a unique and richly illustrated history of early modern medical knowledge and healing in Japan and China.

Connections between Western and Eastern medicine and the interchange of medical technologies are explored through works on acupuncture, anatomical knowledge, disease treatment, medicinals, and surgery. Culturally specific perceptions of health and diseases are showcased in a series of rare 19th-century Japanese woodblock prints featuring popular culture references and anthropomorphic figures attacking contagious diseases.

What: Medical Exchanges: Mapping the Human body in Japan and China
When: December 12, 2016 - July 14, 2017
Where: Wangensteen Historical Library, 568 Diehl Hall (directions and parking)
Hours: Open during regular library hours (Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) and by appointment.

Free and open to the public.
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View & print a flier of the Spring/Summer 2017 Nature-Based Therapeutics/Animal-Assisted Intervientions workshops


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or email: ArbEdu@umn.edu

Cancellation Policy: Registration cancellations must be made two weeks prior to class date in order to receive refund. A $5 processing fee will apply.

 

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