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Animal-Assisted Interactions (AAI) Professional Development

Dates, times, locations (with link above to Country Day facility for directions):

  • Session 1: Sat., March 9, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Marion Andrus Learning Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
  • Session 2: online, month of April
  • Session 3: Sat., May 11, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Children's Country Day School, Mendota Heights, MN. Get directions.

Cost (all sessions + materials): $375 by Feb. 9/$450 thereafter

Class size limited to 15; CEUs pending through National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.
- Dean Koontz


Tanya Bailey, MSW, LICSW, and animal partners.


Animal nature supports human nature by engaging us in a multi-sensory experience to connect mind, body and spirit - Nature's way of healing.

This is a three-month, open course for adults to learn how to partner with animals in various human healthcare and wellbeing activities. 

This training will help you clarify and focus your vision, support you in critically evaluating your present skills, and provide you with the opportunity to interact with a wide variety of domestic and farm animals.

Focus is given to the foundational aspects critical to doing this work; what theories and influences have shaped this work; and the "how" of doing this work. 

You will be offered opportunities such as:

  • Learning animal behavior and handler skills that foster trust and adaptability for human participants.
  • Assessing what AAI services are most appropriate for human participants.
  • Designing AAIs that enhance therapeutic/educational impact for human participants.
  • Evaluating the impact of AAI services for human participants.

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Questions about registration? Please contact the Arboretum Education Department

Download the workshop flyer.


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

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