Upcoming Events

AAAIP hosts two different kinds of events throughout the year: mentoring circles and mini-conferences. All events are free to AAAIP members. Mini-conferences are open to the public at a registration fee.


Mentoring Circles: Join expert guest speakers for a short presentation on the designated topic followed by a discussion between the expert and AAAIP members with corresponding questions on the topic. Members can find sign-up links in the AAAIP Member Newsletter*


Mini-Conferences: These 2-3 hour sessions feature several expert speakers presenting on FAQs and best practices


*Note that the topics covered on this calendar are subject to change based on ongoing member feedback.



February 29th:

Mini-Conference: Therapy Animals in Schools: Addressing the Most Common Questions with Field Leaders

6-8:30 pm Eastern/3-5:30 pm Pacific (recording available after event)


Speakers: Dr. Dan Dooley, Lori Johnson, Dr. Taylor Chastain Griffin, Mary Margaret Callahan, Jen VonLintel, Dr. Barbara Vokatis 


Description: This virtual event will address the most common questions encountered by professionals building therapy animal programming in educational settings. Topics include establishing a program proposal, utilizing program documentation such as permission slips and participant screening forms, evaluating therapy animals, designing interventions, and navigating issues related to liability insurance.


Access: $29 registration fee OR free to AAAIP members


Register here


March 6th:

Mentoring Circle: Occupational Therapists Partnering with Animals (AAAIP members only)


8:30-9:30 pm Eastern/5:30-6:30 pm Pacific


Guests: Macy Burr & Ellen Howard 


Access: Free to AAAIP members, closed to the pubic


Registration link available in the online community.

March 12th: Mentoring Circle: AAI with Adult Populations (AAAIP members only)

7:00-8:00 pm Eastern, 4:00-5:00 pm Pacific


Guest: AJ Cullen 


Access: Free to AAAIP members, closed to the pubic


Registration link available in the online community.



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Mentoring Circle: AAI in Schools (AAAIP members only)


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Mini Conference: Facility Animals and AAI in Medical Settings ($29 registration OR free to AAAIP members)

Mentoring Circle: Therapy Animals in Schools (AAAIP members only)



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Mentoring Circle: Less Common Species in AAI (AAAIP members only)

Mentoring Circle: Facility Animals and AAI in Medical Settings



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Mentoring Circle: Mitigating and Preparing for Incidents in AAI (AAAIP members only)



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Mentoring Circle: The State of AAI Research (AAAIP members only)



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  Mini-Conference: Professional Competencies when Partnering with Therapy Animals ($29 registration fee OR free to AAAIP members)


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  Mentoring Circle: Professional Competencies in AAI (AAAIP members only)


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  Mini-Conference: Best Practices in Assessing Professional Therapy Animal Teams ($29 registration fee OR free to AAAIP members)


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  Mentoring Circle: Assessing Therapy Animal Teams


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  Mentoring Circle: End-of-Year AAI Assessments

Recorded Events


Recordings of past AAAIP events are made available at a discounted price or at no cost to AAAIP members. Recordings are available to non-members for purchase.


AAAIP Theory and Practice Conference:

Sessions from the 2023 Theory and Practice Conference are available for purchase in the following bundles. Visit the AAAIP Learning Management System and click on Purchase.

  • AAI with Special Populations: 3 recorded sessions on AAI in medical, collegiate, and correctional settings. 
  • Applied Tools for AAI Practice: 5 recorded sessions that address AAI program development.
  • Researching AAI: 2 recorded sessions available focused on researching AAI. 
  • Individual Sessions on Specific Species:
    • Equine AAI Practitioner Responsibilities
    • Counseling Kids with Critters
    • Cat Training 101

Learn more about these sessions.


AAAIP Mini Conferences:

Mini Conference recordings are available to AAAIP members at no cost. Non-members can access the recordings for $29 each. Visit the AAAIP Learning Management System and click on Purchase.


Visit our YouTube page or Facebook page to view recordings of AAAIP Facebook Live Events.


Event Questions
For questions about AAAIP events, please contact AAAIP.