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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Philip Tedeschi

Clinical Professor
Executive Director, Institute for Human-Animal Connection
MSSW, University of Wisconsin-Madison


  • animal-assisted social work
  • forensic social work
  • evaluation and treatment of sexual offenders
  • evaluation and treatment of animal cruelty offenders
  • experiential therapy
  • eco-social work


Clinical Professor Philip Tedeschi coordinates GSSW's Animal-Assisted Social Work Certificate program and teaches forensic social work and experiential therapy approaches. He’s executive director of the Institute for Human-Animal Connection.

A certified master therapeutic riding instructor and former course director/instructor with Outward Bound, Tedeschi has many years of experience in non-traditional therapeutic approaches with children, adults and families. He also has experience in interpersonal violence, including animal abuse and sexually abusive youth and adults.

An appointed member of the Colorado Sexual Offender Management Board, Tedeschi also evaluates and treats sexual offenders. He is a founder and clinical administrator of Hand Up Homes for Youth Inc., and founder of Sexual Offense Resource Services.

Tedeschi gave a talk at TEDxDU, a one-day event in May 2010, featuring 18 speakers and artists. Watch video of his TEDxDU talk about the role that animal abuse plays in domestic violence cases.

See Web page and CV.