Within the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work is The Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC). This program is a respected source of scientific and scholarly information on human-animal connections within the fields of social work and social sciences.
IHAC is devoted to the education, clinical training and scholarly development of social work graduate students interested in:
- The myriad ways in which animals and people intersect across the lifespan and across various contexts,
- The ways that animal-supported experiences may be incorporated into efforts to promote human and animal well-being and reduce human physical and mental health problems,
- Encouraging and empowering people to gain understanding of the interrelationships among themselves, their families, and their communities, including the natural environment and its non-human inhabitants.
In association with this program, the university is presenting a seminar, "How To Become A Denver Pet Partner" on Thursday February 20 2014 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Aurora location of Chuck & Don's, located at 6380 S. Parker Road in Aurora. There will be teams from Denver Pet Partners' Therapy Animal Program. This non-profit organization trains volunteers and their dogs for visiting-animal programs in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, schools and other facilities. This program has the highest quality standards to ensure that people, as well as animals, are prepared to participate in animal-assisted activity and therapy programs.
This seminar will be a good introduction to learn what is required for your dog to become involved in pet therapy; adding to the quality of life for the dogs in this program and those they may serve.
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