Human-Animal Interaction Conference 2017
Friday, April 28 - 29, 2017
10:00am - 5:00pm
400 Doansburg Road
Brewster, NY 10509
Hosted by the Sam and Myra Ross Institute In Partnership with University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work Institute for Human-Animal Connection
Join us for a two-day conference that will explore human-animal interaction through the lens of “the family.” We’ll explore key questions including:
- How are children’s perceptions, views and connection with animals shaped in an increasingly technological and virtual world?
- How are animals impacted when a family is in crisis and how can purposeful contact with animals be supportive for different types of children?
- Instilling the concept of care and compassion in children has been valued for generations, yet how can one create meaningful relationships with various animal species that share our world?
This focused meeting will offer a background on enhancing and supporting family-centered humane education and therapeutic animal-assisted interventions, and will demonstrate how experiential learning in nature-based settings can be impactful for communities.
Step into Green Chimneys’ “living laboratory” and learn about our school, farm & wildlife center and residential treatment program. Meet professionals in the field and leave with inspirational and practical ideas.
Leaders in the field of human-animal interaction share expertise at hai2017.
Farm & Wildlife Director at Green Chimneys, Director of The Sam and Myra Ross Institute
Farm Education Program Manager at Green Chimneys
Dr. Steve Klee
Associate Executive Director for Clinical & Medical Services at Green Chimneys
Barbara N. Abrams, PhD, LPC
Professional Counselor, Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Sarah Bexell, PhD
Director of Conservation Education at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Farm Program Manager at Green Chimneys Farm & Wildlife Center
Nina Ekholm Fry, MSSc, CCTP
Director of Equine Programs at the Institute for Human-Animal Connection
Program Coordinator of the Institute for Human-Animal Connection
Farm Science and Nature Teacher at Green Chimneys’ Clearpool Campus
Patricia McConnell, PhD, CAAB
Ethologist and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist
Sandra McCune, PhD
Scientific Leader for Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) at the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition
Kevin Morris, PhD
Associate Research Professor
Marguerite (Maggie) O’Haire, PhD
Assistant Professor of Human-Animal Interaction
Samuel B. Ross Jr., PhD
Founder, Green Chimneys
Clinical Professor & Executive Director at the Institute for Human-Animal Connection
Co-Founder and President of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE)
Bodhi is the Golden Retriever companion of Green Chimneys’ Admissions Supervisor and one of the most familiar faces on campus. Bodhi also holds the distinction of being a certified therapy dog and recently participated in Green Chimneys’ first funded research project studying the effect of involving a dog in social skills development training for children on the autism spectrum. Her full name, Bodhi Ani, means “Awakens/Enlightens Grace” and describes her personality and the role she embraces with the students on campus; Bodhi is very calm and grounded in her ability to awaken their potential while helping them to relax and feel at peace.