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  • Clinical Professor Philip Tedeschi

  • Clinical Professor & Director Emeritus -Institute for Human-Animal Connection
    Philip Tedeschi is the founder and fomer executive director of the Institute for Human-Animal Connection and a clinical professor at the Graduate School of Social Work. He is globally recognized for expertise in the clinical methods of animal-assisted Interventions and supervises the school's animal-assisted social work certificate program for Master of Social Work (MSW) students, and the Institutes for Human-Animal Connections professional development certificate programs. He received his MSSW degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his specialization was the bio-affiliative connection between people and animals. 

    Professor Tedeschi is a certified Master Therapeutic Riding Instructor, former Course Director and Instructor with Outward Bound and a wilderness emergency medical technician. His clinical areas of inquiry and specialization have include  non-traditional therapeutic approaches with children, adults and families as well as program development and intervention in interpersonal violence. He has specialized in empathy development and attachment, trauma remediation, assessment and intervention with animal abusers and individuals who engage in interpersonal forms of human cruelty and violence.  He has worked extensively in the treatment of victims of abuse, men who abuse and models of humane education.

    Some of Philip Tedeschi’s best friends are animals. He studies and teaches on the intricate relationship between people, domestic and wild animals, and the natural world. Tedeschi’s research, scholarship and academics explore the therapeutic and health promoting potential of human-animal and nature interaction, trauma informed methods of human-animal connection, social and ecological justice, human ecology, environmental social work, wildlife and companion animal welfare and conservation and international perspectives on one-health. Tedeschi is a certified Master Therapeutic Riding Instructor and an appointed member to the Colorado's advisory council on animal protection.   

    "It is a rewarding opportunity to work with animals, often our most reliable and uncomplicated relationships. They teach us so much about ourselves, about being human and fortunately are such patient teachers ”

  • In the field
  • Presentations

  • TEDxDU-Philip Tedeschi

  • Evolving a One Health/Welfare Perspective on the Interconnectedness of Human, Nature and Non Human Animal Well-Being
    •  Keynote: Animals Forward: A One Health/Welfare Perspective on Human and Non Human Animal Well- Being, The Animals Conference, Kirkpatrick Foundation, Oklahoma City, OK
    •  Keynote: Made for Each Other-The Interspersonal Neuro-Biology of The Human Canine Connection, Assistance Dogs of the West, Sante Fe, NM Virtual
    •  Keynote: Dimensions of Humane Communities: The Interconnectedness of Biodiversity Health and Human Resilience, The Community of Human- Animal Studies Israel, Human Animal Relations Conference: Oppurtunities and Challenges in Changing Realities, Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University, Israel. Virtual
    • Keynote: The Human- Animal Bond - Keeping People and Pets Together, National Alliance to End Homelessness in collaboration with My Dog is My Home. Virtual
    •  Keynote: Why Access to Pet Resources is a Social Justice Issue (with Amanda Arrington and Aleah Simpson) My Dog Is My Home Co-Sheltering Conference
    • Trauma Informed Canine Assisted Interventions, Colorado Veterans Administration, Clinical Services Team, Denver, CO
    • Courtroom Advocates for Animals- Perspectives on Desmonds Law, National Lawyers Guild, Animal Rights, NYC. Virtual
    • The Human Animal Connection: CSU Pueblo, School of Social, Work, Colorado. Virtua Israeli Veterinary National Conference: One Health and Animal Protection- Why Responding to Animal Cruelty is Important, Tel Aviv, Israel.  Virtual
    • The Knowledge Bridge - Collaboration for Law, Animal Well-Being and Society, Animal Grant Makers, National Conference. Virtual
    • Collaborative Systems Approach to Responding to Animal Cruelty Cases, Canada Animal Law Conference, Humane Canada, Toronto,Canada
    • Against Cages-Rethinking the Link: Animal Cruelty & Colorado’s Legal Response to Human and Animal Victims, Brooks Institute for Animal Law and Policy, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado
    • Keynote: Transforming Trauma: The Human Animal Bond in Conflict Zones, The Buchmann Faculty of Law, Environmental Justice and The Protection of Animal Rights Clinic, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv Isra
    • The Human- Animal Conection in Positive Youth Development, Hadassah Neurim Youth Village, Netanya, Israel
    • The Power to Heal; The Therapeutic Interpersonal Neurbiology of Animals In Trauma Informed Care, CSWE 65th Program, Faculty Development Institute- Integrative Approaches For The Future of Social Work Education, Denver, Colorado
    •  Keynote Address: Transforming Trauma: Finding Resiliency and Healing through Our Connection with Animals, Natural Lifemanship National Conference, Austin, Texas
    • Colorado’s Legal Response to Animal and Human Victims, Colorado Judicial Training Institute, Vail, Colorado
    • Keynote Address: Transforming Trauma through the Human-Animal Bond, Assistance Dogs International, Indianapolis, Indiana
    • Animals in Our Lives- The Art Desk Conversation with Philip Tedeschi, Green Box Art Festival, Green Mountain, Colorado
    • Forensic Methods of Animal Cruelty Evaluation,  Colorado Sex Offender Management Board & Colorado Domestic Violence Managenet Boadrd, Wheatridege, Colorado
    • Keynote Address: Creating Healthy Environments for People and Animals, 15th Triennial International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO) Conference, Brewster, New York
    • The Power to Heal: The Therapeutic Interpsersonal Neuro-Biology of Animals in Child Developmental Trauma, Dr. Bruce Perry, Neurosequential Network Conference, Denver, Co
    • Comanion Animals and Healthy Ageing, National Association of Social Workers Practice Section, Webinar Series, Online
    •  Evaluation of the Therapeutic Relationship Between People and Animals, Knesset Committee on Internal Affairs & Environment, Jerusalem, Israel
    • The Intimate Bond: Scientific Models and Practice Methods for Animal Assisted  Interventions in Correctional Settings, Israeli Prison Service, Hermon Prison,Rosh Pina, Northern Israel
    • Animal Abuse and Trauma: Correlates, Sequelae, and Interventions, ColoradoCollaborative Justice Conference, Denver, CO
    • Best practices for Pet Prescriptions of Emotional Support Animals: Clinical Benefits of Human-Animal Connection, Interconnected Webinar Series, Institute for Human-Animal Connection, University of Denver, Denver, CO
    • Animals on the Mind, Conference Chair and Convener, University of Denver, Denver, CO
    • Trauma Informed Animal Assisted Interventions: Research Developments, Models, and Practice Methods, National Association of Social Workers, Specialty Practice Section, Webinar Series, Online
    • UPROAR- Intersection of Animals and the Law, Denver Law Review and Sturm      College of Law University of Denver, Denver CO
    •  In Consideration for Legal and Ethical Standing for other Animals, Tel Aviv University Law School, Tel Aviv, Israel
    • Human-Canine One Health Connection, African Welfare Conference - The Nexus Between Animal Welfare, Environment and Development: Safe Guarding Our Common Destiny, United Nations Environmental Program & African Network for Animal Welfare, Nairobi, Kenya
    • Human-Animal Interaction, Invited Speaker, Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing and USDA Animal Welfare Information Center, Symposium on Social Housing of Laboratory Animals, Denver, Colorado, USA
    • State of the Wild, University of Denver Institute for Human-Animal Connection, Denver, Colorado, USA
    • Pin the Tail on the Donkey: Protocol to Evaluate Risk and Improve Accuracy in Forensic Animal Cruelty Evaluations, Colorado Association of Animal Control Officers Annual Conference, Blackhawk, Colorado, USA
    • The New Work of Intervention and Assistance Dogs: Beyond the Five Freedoms, Assistance Dogs International Conference, Keynote, Denver, Colorado, USA
    • The Role of Animals in Human- Health, Temple Grandin Center for Equine Therapies- Symposium, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
    • Protocol to Evaluate Risk and Improve Accuracy in Forensic Animal Cruelty Evaluations, National Center for the Prosecution of Animal Abuse, National District Attorneys Association, National Webinar
    • Transforming Trauma, Research Developments and Methods for Trauma-Informed Animal Assisted Intervention, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, USA
    • Global Practice - Preparing Students to Address Issues of One Health, Biodiversity Conservation, Animal Welfare and Social-Ecological Resilience, The First Annual Internationalization Summit, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, USA
    • Nature’s Social Union: The Study of the Human-Animal Connection, Global Risk Forum, United Nations, Davos, Switzerland
  • Human-Animal- Environment Interaction in Social Work

  • AASW in Education copy 2.pdf 

  • Bio-Sketch

  • Tedeschi CV

    “There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot. I am one who cannot"- Aldo Leopold - Sand County Almanac 

  • Projects and Activities






    Vision and Values


    The Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) intentionally elevates the value of the living world and the interrelationship and health of people, other animals and the environment. We accomplish this through natural and social science-informed education, applied knowledge, research and advocacy, with an ethical regard for all species.


    We believe responsible and respectful interaction with animals and the environment is necessary to establish global and ecological stability, sustainability and equality.
    The quest for new knowledge about human-animal connections and social-ecological systems must reflect respect for social justice, cultural diversity and beneficial social change.
    Animal and human lives intersect in ways that are most often beneficial to both but can, at times, be detrimental. We are committed to exploring both the evidence-supported benefits and risks of human-animal interactions.
    Human-animal connections occur at the individual level but also extend to natural physical environments and to relationships within the family, community, broader society and the global village. We endorse a framework of conservation social work and One Health that acknowledges these interrelations at multiple levels and encourages multidisciplinary and collaborative approaches.
    The therapeutic partnership with animals for the improvement of human physical and mental health must ensure that animals also benefit and are treated within ethical and humane guidelines.
    We are dedicated to preparing professional social workers to foster informed, grassroots community resilience. Just as we are prepared to recognize the ugly face of discrimination and prejudice and openly label racial discrimination as immoral and illegal, we must prepare the profession to do the same on behalf of the living world that is our only home.
    Our relationship with Earth is an enduring feature of our lives, homes and communities and modern understanding has rekindled acceptance of non-human animals and the natural environment as important contributors to our lives.

  • Gallery

  • Exploring the powerful relationship between people and animals

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