Dr. Aubry Fine
author of the Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy
Dr. Aubrey Fine is a native of Montreal, Canada. He received his graduate degree from University of Cincinnati in 1982. Dr. Fine has been on the faculty at California State Polytechnic University since 1981 and is presently a Professor Emeritus and a licensed psychologist. In 2001, Dr. Fine was presented the Wang Award given to distinguished professors within the California State University system (23 Universities).
Aubrey has been recognized by numerous organizations for his service and dedication to children, animals and the community. In July of 2016, he received the William McCulloch Award for Excellence in HAI Education and Practice from the International Association of Human Animal Interaction Organizations, in Paris, France. Additionally, he was awarded the Educator of the Year in 1990, from the Learning Disability Association of CA, as well as receiving the 2006 CA Poly Faculty Award for Community Engagement.
Aubrey’s primary research interests relate to the psycho-social impact of human animal interactions and animal assisted interventions, social skills training and children with ADHD, and resilience in children. Dr. Fine is the author of several books including Our Faithful Companions, Parent Child Dance, Therapist's Guide to Learning and Attention Disorders, Fathers and Sons, The Total Sports Experience for Children, Give a Dog Your Heart, The Handbook on Animal Assisted Therapy (new 5th edition released in July 2019) and Afternoons with Puppy. He also has had a featured monthly column in Dog Fancy Magazine on the human animal bond entitled the Loving Bond. He has been a guest on numerous national TV and Radio Shows including on programs on ABC, Discovery Network, KTLA, NPR, PBS, Fox and CNN. His work has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, People magazine, LA and N.Y. Times. He was noted as one of the pioneers in Animal Assisted Therapy in a March issue of the NY Times. Dr. Fine is the chair of the Human Animal Bond Advisory Committee of Pet Partners as well as the past chair of the steering committee on Human Animal Interactions for the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Rev. Elizabeth Teal
Animal-Assisted Therapy Expert
Reverend Elizabeth Teal thought she was going to grow up to be an ethologist focusing on interspecies relationships, but along the way became a monk and an interspiritual interfaith minister instead. She is president of Giving Paws and the Spiritual Director for The Ministry of Animals. She maintains a private practice in interspecies / interspiritual counseling. She is also available for workshops and speaking engagements. Past credits include: Training Director and Consultant for Pattes Tendue (headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland); coordinator of the ASPCA’s Visiting Pet Program & assisting in the 9/11 response; sitting on Delta Society’s first Pet Partners National Committee; and handling Tomi, the first installed Canine Guardian ad Litem in the state of Florida. She is committed to equity, justice and compassion in all our relationships, and blogs daily at MinistryofAnimals.org.
8:00 a.m. Check-in & Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome & Introductions
9:00 a.m. Keynote - Dr. Aubry Fine
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Session 1
11:30 a.m. Break
12:00 p.m. Lunch/Keynote - Elizabeth Teal
1:30 p.m. Session 2
2:15 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. Session 3
Please stay tuned to our website as we finalize our sessions. Our confirmed sessions are listed below. Whether you are new to pet therapy, are a seasoned volunteer, or work at a facility or organization with a program, we have sessions for all!
Starting at the Very Beginning,
How to Become a team
Wolfson Children's Hospita
How to Start a Therapy Animal Program
Understanding Canine Body Language
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital
Interactive Pet Therapy Workshop
Growth & Resilience Network
On Your Best Behavior
Training Basics for Therapy Work
It's More than "Just a pet"
Community Hospice & Palliative Care
When it's Time to Retire your Therapy Animal
Rev. Elizabeth Teal
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