Speak! The Quality of Interactions Between Humans and Animals
Friday, September 26, 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Please arrive no later than 8:30 a.m.
$150* Arboretum Members and Conference Affiliates
$175* General registration.
*Fee includes lunch, dinner, coffee breaks, and Arboretum admission. Please note that this conference is for humans only - please keep your animal partners at home.
Speak! is about our human partnership with animals and the natural world and the ways in which interacting with animals increases individual health and community well-being. This conference will offer new
understanding of how human-animal connections can enhance the work of professionals within schools, non-profits, social services, healthcare, community groups, faith-based organizations, and families.
Full Presentation Descriptions
♦ Keynote Address - A Shared Journey: The Power and Responsibility of Animal Assisted Interactions - Suzanne Clothier
♦ "Animal Assisted Interactions" in Practice Here in Minnesota - Panel discussion with Ann Cahill, moderator
♦ Integrating Behavioral Healthcare with Primary Medicine and the Therapeutic Farm - Dr. Carlene H. Taylor
♦ Tribute to Dr. R.K. Anderson and CENSHARE - Dr. Pamela Schreiner
♦ Wolves and Dogs in Relationship and Research - Peggy Callahan, Executive Director of the Wildlife Science Center
♦ Art as Translation: - Ann Cahill will interview a panel of artists on how their work is bridging advocacy and communicating the human/animal relationship. Artists:
Emilie Buchwald, Publisher
Kari Maxwell, Artist
Mary Ludington, Photographer
Kristy Walker, Photographer
♦ Ethical Considerations in Animal Assisted Interactions: Potential Potholes and the Road Ahead - Dr. Kirby Wycoff
♦ Keynote Address Part 2: Square Holes, Round Paws: Goodness of Fit Assessment Tools - Suzanne Clothier
♦ Dinner and presentation - Kevin Kling, Minnesota playwright and storyteller
Student Scholarships are available for Speak! For further information, please contact Dr. Jean Larson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financial hardship assistance is available for this conference. For further information, please contact Dr. Jean Larson at email@example.com.
Preferred Conference Accommodations
This conference is designed to bring value to:
Human service workers
Disability services providers
Local government officials
Social service workers
Animal humane advocates
Senior center administrators
Integrative care workers
Life enrichment providers
Animal service workers (dog walkers, day care, etc)
Therapy animal handlers
Photo by Gina Easley
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.
Learn more about the University of Minnesota's Nature-Based Therapeutics programs.
Register online or call 612-301-1210
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Printable flier for endorsing organizations and anyone interested in helping to promote Speak!
Financial Sponsor: Please contact Beverly Anglum at (952) 443-1407 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options and benefits for your organization.
Endorse: This no-cost option shows your support by helping to promote the program to your constituents. Contact Jill Leenay at email@example.com to confirm your endorsement.