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Overview of Animal-Assisted Interactions (AAI) and Equine-Facilitated Mental Health and Learning Intensive

Dates and times:

  • Friday, April 19, 4:40-8 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday, April 20 & 21, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Teleconferences: Saturdays - May 18, June 15, Aug 17, Sept 14 - 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CST

Cost (all sessions, teleconferences, materials + book): $425 by March 19/$500 thereafter
Early bird rate extended through April 5th!

  • Friday only session: $50 by March 19/$75 thereafter
    Early bird rate extended through April 5th!

Location: Nutrena Conference Center, Leatherdale Equine Center, University of Minnesota's St. Paul Campus. Download map and driving instructions.

CEUs pending through National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

A lovely horse is always an experience.... It is an emotional experience of the kind that is spoiled by words.
~Beryl Markham


Join Tanya Bailey, MSW, LICSW, Leif Hallberg, MA, LCPC, LPC, and animal partners. Read bios.


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Join author Leif Hallberg, MA, LCPC, LPC, and receive a copy of her book, Walking the Way of the Horse, when you attend all three days of the workshop intensive. 

On Friday evening, we will provide an overview of AAI, a rapidly growing modality incorporated in a wide variety of human healthcare settings.  We will examine history and theory of the AAI field, practical application considerations, and how you can accomplish a higher standard of service by partnering with an animal.

On Saturday and Sunday, we will expand on Friday night's learning and explore the fundamental aspects of working with horses to deliver mental health and learning programs. 

We will address ethical and everyday aspects of the horse-human relationship when it becomes "professional" and examine why the Tri-Balance ModelTM is critical for optimal success and safety.

Upon conclusion of the three day intensive, participants will be enrolled in four teleconferences for ongoing dialogue, discussion and learning with specific focus given to readings from Leif's book.

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Questions about registration? Please contact the Arboretum Education Department

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Human service workers
Animal/horse trainers
Health-care professionals
Community organizers
Horse owners
Local government officials
Social service workers
Youth workers
Spiritual leaders
Integrative care workers

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