ANIMAL ASSISTED INTERACTIONS

Planned services that partner with multiple 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 student body - 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.