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The Institute for Human-Animal Connection organizes conferences dedicated to advancement, practice and research in the field of animal-assisted social work.

2016 Practitioners conference: animals on the mind

The Institute for Human-Animal Connection is pleased to announce our 2nd biennial Practitioners Conference, Animals on the Mind: Social Neurobiology of Human-Animal Interactions in Research and Practice, at University of Denver on May 12-13, 2016. 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.

Learn more and register on the conference website:

past conferences

  • IHAC was a proud partner of the 2015 Green Chimneys Human-Animal Interaction Conference titled, "Growing Together: Children, Animals and Sowing the Seeds of Resiliency". Thirty-four students in the Animal-Assisted Social Work certificate program at University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) attended and participated in the conference, along with human-animal interaction professionals from around the globe. Students enrolled in a special topics course at GSSW created a special conference summary as part of their experience.
  • IHAC's inaugural practitioner's conference took place on May 7-8, 2014 and was titled "Transforming Trauma: Research developments and methods for trauma-informed animal-assisted interventions".