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Dr. Philip Tedeschi’s lunch seminar: “Preparing Students to Address Issues of One Health, Biodiversity Conservation, Animal Welfare and Social-Ecological Resilience”

Please join us as we host Dr. Philip Tedeschi, the Executive Director of the Institute for Human-Animal Connection, for lunch on Thursday, October 3rd at 12pm! Stay tuned for more information on how to RSVP, and read on to learn more!

Read on to learn more about the topic of this exciting discussion…

“Humans and their societies depend completely on Earth’s ecosystems and the services they provide, such as clean air, food, water, climate regulation, disease management, spiritual fulfillment and aesthetic enjoyment. Over the past 50+ years, humans have altered these ecosystems more rapidly and extensively than in any other time in our planet’s history. The Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver is developing an innovative, cross-disciplinary program with focus on Sustainable Development and Global Practice to prepare students to build social-ecological resilience and societal responsibility in the face of global environmental changes. We will use the application of ecological, social development and solution focused models to help students approach environmental challenges. These challenges include, but are not limited to, empowering communities to protect freshwater systems, access healthy food, improving air quality, providing family planning access and education, protecting ecosystem services, building a responsible and sustainable economy and maintaining or re-establishing healthy social support systems. Coursework will prepare a new generation of social work professionals skilled to promote and optimize the quality of human life across cultures and the life span which are fundamentally reliant upon the preservation of ecosystem health. Students will participate in community and international service learning programs to enable them both cognitively and in practice to assist communities in averting environmental risk. Moreover, the concept of One Health was born from the realization that human well-being is as importantly reliant upon environmental health as it is socio-economic health. Evaluation research into the effectiveness of classroom learning and service learning interventions will build our research agenda toward enhancing social work education and learning, promoting healthy, culturally congruent behavior change and influencing policy and governance in social-ecological resilience.”

Please read below for a more complete bio on Dr. Tedeschi:

“Clinical Professor Philip Tedeschi is the Executive Director of the Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver within the Graduate School of Social Work. He has been with the University of Denver for 19 years and is the founder of the Animal Assisted Social Work Program. He is recognized for expertise in the clinical methods for Animal Assisted Interventions and coordinates the school’s Animal-Assisted Social Work Certificate program for Master of Social Work (MSW) students, as well as the Animals and Human Health online professional development certificate program. He received his MSSW degree for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his specialization was the therapeutic connection between people and animals. He teaches MSW courses in forensic social work, human-animal interaction and animal welfare, conservation social work, human ecology and international social work in areas such as East Africa.

Philip’s research, scholarship, presentations, training and community practice work have focused on human-animal interaction, conservation and environmental social work, experiential therapy and forensic social work practice. Philip is a certified Master Therapeutic Riding Instructor, former course director and instructor with Outward Bound, wilderness medical technician, forensic evaluator and has many years of experience in non-traditional therapeutic approaches with children, adults and families, as well as program development and intervention in interpersonal violence including, assessment and intervention with animal abuse, attachment, trauma disordered and sexually abusive youth and adults. Philip has been recognized as a graduate level educator and has remained active as a social work practitioner with over 30 year of practice experience. He serves on numerous national organization board of directors including the Delta Pet Partners National Board, The Green Chimneys Institute Board of Advisors, The Horses and Humans Research Foundation and the African Network for Animal Welfare and The National Link Coalition among others. “