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Graduate School of Social Work

Institute for Human-Animal Connection

Mission

The Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) is a center for the study of the interrelationship and health of people, animals and the environment.

 Events

  • Support IHAC by bringing your reusable bags to Whole Foods Market! All Whole Foods Market - Denver locations will donate 10 cents per bag to IHAC, now through July 3rd.                             
  • May 12-13, 2016: IHAC will host its second Practitioners Conference, Animals on the Mind: Social Neurobiology of Human-Animal Interactions in Research and Practice. This conference will center on the applications and research of animal-assisted interventions specific to social neuroscience in areas such as: autism spectrum disorders, mental health treatment and variants of exposure to animals across the lifespan. Regular registration is open now through April 30th! Program details and registration links are available here on the conference website.

IHAC News

  • Watch IHAC"s very own Philip Tedeschi and Sarah Bexell talk about IHAC's latest work as Nathaniel steals the show on Colorado and Company. 

  • Press Release: Equine-Assisted Mental Health at University of Denver - New Program Starts in 2015. Download the full press release here.
  • Summer 2015: IHAC welcomes Nina Ekholm Fry as the Director of Equine Programs! Nina leads the new Equine Assisted Mental Health Practitioner Certificate program- learn more

  • IHAC partnered with Green Chimneys in hosting the 2015 Human-Animal Interaction conference in Brewster, New York. Learn more and download the conference summary here.

  • New evidence is always emerging regarding the significance of the human-animal bond. A new study suggests that companion animals may prove to be a helpful addition to treatment programs designed to help children with ASDs improve their social skills and interactions with other people.

  • Read about Marc Beckoff's work teaching animal behavior in the Boulder County Jail here

  • Take action to save wildlife! Measure and find out how you can reduce your ecological impact using the Global Footprint Network's Footprint Calculator here. SIgn the petition banning the sale of ivory in the state of Colorado here

  • The University of Wisconsin-Madison did a special alumni piece on IHAC's Executive Director, Philip Tedeschi. Read the full article here.

  • IHAC, Chuck & Don's and Animal-Assisted Social Work students highlighted on local news! See the Fox News story here.

  • University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work students organize animal-assisted stress relief event at DU Law School. See the 9News story here.

  • Chuck & Don's donates $23k to IHAC for new safe shelter program for pets.

  • Executive Director Philip Tedeschi discusses human-animal relationships on the radio show Our Wild World. Listen to the full interview

  • IHAC successfully hosted its first Practitioners Conference, Transforming Trauma: Research Developments and Methods for Trauma-Informed Animal Assisted Interventions, on May 7 and 8, 2014.