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Early Bird Registration OPEn for Animals on the Mind 3.0 Extraordinary connections


Join IHAC for our third, biennial Practitioners Conference, Animals on the Mind 3.0, Extraordinary Connections: Illuminating neurodiversity in human-animal relationships, at University of Denver on May 3-4, 2018. 

Extraordinary Connections aims to increase awareness, compassion and understanding of people on the autism spectrum through the strength-based perspective of neurodiversity. This conference will focus on contemporary understanding of neurodiversity and human-animal relationships, through ethical frameworks of educational, therapeutic and vocational opportunities. Experts from around the globe will be featured as we explore the diversity of human and animal minds from a variety of perspectives and research. This special event is co-hosted by IHAC, Front Range Center for Neurodiversity and Green Chimneys.

Learn more and register on the conference website:


Ihac joins HEC in New humane education partnership!

The Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) is partnering with the Humane Education Coalition (HEC) to achieve and promote groundbreaking education initiatives in human rights, environmental preservation and animal protection. IHAC and HEC share many aspects of their core missions in creating a sustainable, just and compassionate future. Specifically, IHAC will be working with HEC to advance and elevate humane education as a critical field of practice and study through humane education efficacy research, development of standards, and policy formation and support. To learn more, please see:

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ihac on colorado and company may 25, 2016

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

“We are thrilled to announce our new clinical offering, designed specifically for practitioners focused on acquiring advanced equine-specific clinical intervention skills”, says the Institute’s Executive Director Philip Tedeschi, who especially wants to highlight the program’s dual focus on clinical skills and equine welfare. “This new clinical intervention program intentionally raises the focus on our relationship with horses and equine wellbeing, and integrates the most current understanding of equitation science into best practice for equine-assisted mental health services. We intentionally recruited Ms. Ekholm Fry, one of the most highly qualified equine practitioners and academic leaders in the field, to lead our equine programs and are excited to have her join our talented faculty.” He continues, “This program is going to change the professional landscape for practitioners wanting to incorporate horses into their clinical and therapeutic activities.”

Download the full press release here.

Making News

The Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) shares relevant news and updates regarding human-animal interaction practice and research.

IHAC regularly hosts events pertaining to the field of animal-assisted social work, animal welfare and human-animal interactions. IHAC events include:

Events are typically free for current DU students, faculty and staff. Fees are sometimes charged for the general public.

To receive e-mail notices of future IHAC events, please contact us.