Animal Assisted Interventions: Partnering with animals in practice


Webinar Presenters

Lisa Wade MSW, RSW

Lisa is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with the Newfoundland & Labrador Association of Social Workers. She has over 25 years’ experience working with children, youth, adults and families in a variety of services areas from Youth Corrections, Child Protection Services, Victim Services and Mental Health and Addictions Services. Lisa received specialized education and training in Animal-Assisted Therapy through the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work and the Institute for the Human Animal Connection in Denver, Colorado. Lisa is also a certified mental health specialist with EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association). Through her private practice, Lisa offers Animal-assisted Therapy with her dog, Louie. She also offers equine-assisted psychotherapy through her partnership with Adventure Stables in Grand Falls-Windsor, NL.



Our experience and intuition inform us that animals are integral to human health and quality of life. Professional Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI) demonstrate how the human-animal bond can create lasting social, emotional, cognitive, physical, spiritual and psychological changes. Developing both effective and ethical approaches to the Human Animal Interaction is extremely important when working with a client or clients and animal partners in practice. 

In this webinar, you will be introduced to the components of the human animal bond, develop an understanding of the categories of individuals who may benefit from AAI services, and look at some of the theories relating to AAI. You will also be introduced to appropriate animal partners as well as the knowledge of basic ethical issues, concerns and standards surrounding animals working in therapeutic settings. Finally, you will be introduced to globally recognized standards of care and knowledge of emerging best practices in the field of AAI.