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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.

Conference Highlights  
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 presentationKevin Kling, Minnesota playwright and storyteller 

Student Scholarships are available for Speak! For further information, please contact Dr. Jean Larson at larso095@umn.edu.

Financial hardship assistance
is available for this conference. For further information, please contact Dr. Jean Larson at larso095@umn.edu.

Preferred Conference Accommodations


This conference is designed to bring value to:
Human service workers
Animal trainers
Health-care professionals
Disability services providers
Community organizers
Pet owners
Local government officials
Social service workers
Animal humane advocates
Youth workers
Senior center administrators
Spiritual leaders
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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Goodman Group logo


Boynton Health Service

Prouty Project Logo

Country Inn & Suites - Chanhassen, MN

Anderberg Innovative Print Solutions
Great Harvest Bread Company

8 State Kate Press, LLC
Animal Bridges
Animal Inspirations
Blue Collar Saint Bernards
BWR Consulting, Inc.
Cat Care Clinic
Catholic Eldercare
Center for Neurobehavioral Development
Children's Country Day School
Chiropractic for EveryBody
Dancing Porcupine
Doggone Good
Downtown Dogs
Feed Play Love Pet Sitting
Goldwood Kennels
Gryphon Press
Helping Paws
Horse Tribe
Human-Animal Solutions, LLC
Ilga Cimbulis Animal Communication
Institute on Community Integration, U of MN
Intermountain Therapy Animals
Jan Dunlap, Author of Saved by Gracie
Joyful Noises LLC
Karner Blue Education Center
Kat Corrigan
Leatherdale Equine Center, University of Minnesota
Lena Swanson, Animal Communicator
Living Well Disability Services
Midwest Animal Rescue & Services
North Star Therapy Animals
Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District
On The Muscle Equine Bodywork
Paws & Effect
Paws Up 4 You
Pawsitive Steps
P.E.A.S.E. Academy
Ramsey County Child Mental Health Collaborative
Reading Education Assistance Dogs (
R.E.A.D. )
READing Paws
River Valley Riders
Studio E
The Prouty Project
Therapy Dogs International Chapter #125
This Old Horse
Total Dog Company

Printable flier for endorsing organizations and anyone interested in helping to promote Speak!


Financial Sponsor: Please contact Beverly Anglum at (952) 443-1407 or anglu001@umn.edu 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 leen0014@umn.edu to confirm your endorsement.