The next day the meeting began and as I mentioned above, you can read about the diverse group of presenters here. You can read Michael Kaufmann's description of the meeting here, and contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the program.
Another very positive aspect of the conference was the presence of Philip Tedeschi, director of the Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) at the University of Denver's Graduate School of social work, and a group of around 35 students in their graduate program, along with Nina Ekholm Fry who is an expert in equine-assisted therapy and who is a Fellow of IHAC (please also see). IHAC is a center for the study of the interrelationship and health of people, animals, and the environment. I only wish there were many more places like IHAC. Some wonder why IHAC would be located in a school of social work, and my response is that numerous problems in human-animal interactions are indeed social problems at their core.
Green Chimneys rocks!
I was, and continue to be overwhelmed, with the diversity of topics that were covered and more so with the dedication of every single person who attended the meeting and the amazing people who work selflessly and tirelessly -- sometimes 24/7 -- at Green Chimneys. Kids and animals in need, along with everyone else, can feel good about Green Chimneys and I strongly suggest that you visit their website and take the time to visit them personally. I guarantee you will not be let down. I want the world to know about Green Chimneys as it can serve as an excellent model of how human-animal interactions are central to our own rewilding, healing. and well-being on our fascinating and magnificent planet. Green Chimneys rocks!