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.

 

 

May 30th

   Mentoring Circle: Facility Animals and AAI in Medical Settings
   

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

Speakers: Cathy Bennett, Whitney Romine, Andrew PK Bentley, Diane Pekarek, & Russ Weinberg

Description: Following April’s Mini-Conference on AAI in Medical Settings, we’re bringing back our event speakers to answer any questions you might have about AAI programming in medical facilities in your community. Learn more about each of these professionals work and bring your questions for a discussion about best practices in this space.  

 

Access: Free to AAAIP members, closed to the public

 

Registration link available in the online community.

     
June 4th   Mentoring Circle: Mitigating and Preparing for Incidents in AAI (AAAIP members only)
   

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

Speakers: Mary Margaret Callahan, Director of Education, Standards, and Certification, AAAIP & Taylor Chastain Griffin, PhD, Executive Director, AAAIP

 

Access: Free to AAAIP members, closed to the public

 

Registration link available in the online community.

     
June 19th   Publishing your Work in the AAI Space 
   

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

SpeakerSilvia Mesa 

Description: Are you interested in publishing resources related to your work with therapy animals. AAAIP member and author Silvia Mesa will be joining us to tell us about her journey towards publishing her book “Walking with Prada”. Bring your questions for this conversational discussion empowering all members to elevate our collective advocacy for the field.  

 

Access: Free to AAAIP members, closed to the public

 

Registration link available in the online community.

     

June 24th

  Get the Zoomies: Preventing Burnout for Therapy/Facility Animals and the Provider
   

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

SpeakerColleen Pelar 

Description: Our roles as helpers and educators can be emotionally taxing to us as providers, and our animal partners can also experience similar levels of burnout. This conversation with acclaimed dog trainer Colleen Pelar will dive into behavior plans and strategies that we can incorporate to promote true thriving for all involved in AAI.  

Access: $19 registration OR free to AAAIP members

 

Register

     
July 16th   Get the Zoomies: Applying Findings from Therapy Animal Research to Practice
   

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

SpeakersLeslie Stewart, PhD & Amber Bach Gorman, PhD  

Description: Are you prepared to integrate recent research findings into your practice with therapy animals? We can help! Mental health counselors Dr. Leslie Stewart and Amber Bach-Gorman are both therapy animal experts who are engaged in empirical literature in the field. This fun discussion will explore how research findings impact their professional work with practical suggestions for other providers partnered with therapy/facility animals. 

Access: $19 registration OR free to AAAIP members

 

Register

     

August:

date TBD

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

September:

date TBD

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

October:

date TBD

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

November:

date TBD

   
    Mentoring Circle: Assessing Therapy Animal Teams
     

December:

date TBD

   
    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.

 

 

Mentoring Circle event recordings are available in the online community.

 

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