Nourishing Hearts

Wondering if Animal Assisted Interventions is right for you? Come learn about the basics and where to start your career or learn how to incorporate AAI into your current practices.

Training include:

Course Details

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Social Workers and Social Service Workers Professional Development Fund.

If you are a registered social worker or social service worker attending this conference, you may be eligible for an up to $500 reimbursement for the conference registration fee.

Eligibility and Application Information:

Be a registered member, in good standing*, of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.
Applications must be submitted within 90 days of the completion date of the PD activity.
Proof of payment and successful completion of PD activity is required at the time of application.
Applicants are limited to one application for one PD activity to a maximum of $500 per funding year.

For more information on the Fund and how to apply visit

*Good Standing: A member is in good standing when they are not in default of payment of a membership fee and their certificate of registration is not suspended.

Introduction Course to Animal Assisted Interventions

Nourishing Hearts Wellness Care Farm is offering a full day information session that includes hands-on training with farm therapy animals. The introductory course is a prerequisites for the Professional Development Farm Stays that is available during the summer.

Julie Casey MSW, RSW

Wellness Care Farm

  • Appropriate Therapy Animals 
  • Definitions &Terminology 
  • Animal Welfare & Ethics 
  • Industry Standards 
  • Risk Management 
  • Human-Animal Bond  
  • Biophilia/Nature Deficit/Oxytocin 
  • Animal Assisted Intervention
    • History and Current Development  
    • Therapeutic Enhancement
    • Benefits 
    • Therapeutic Touch
  • Animal Assisted Therapy and Example Techniques
  • Resources
  • Hands-on Demonstration

Date: October 12, 2019

Time: 9:30 - 4:30

Location: Nourishing Hearts Wellness Care Farm

               21907 Queens Line, Rodney, ON

****Course can be held off site at schools and organisations***

Cost: $200+ HST ($226)

Optional 2nd day training to explore farm-based practice and nature-assisted interventions Cost:$200+ HST ($226)

Course is approved for the Social Workers and Social Service Workers Professional Development Fund

Additional Information: 

  • Please dress for the weather. 
  • Coffee and tea is provided. Please bring a packed lunch.