Philip Tedeschi

Philip Tedeschi

Clinical Professor

What I do

"Animals provide some of our most reliable, uncomplicated and valued relationships. Understanding the contributions animals make to our health and well-being is a vital part of educating tomorrows social workers"

Specialization(s)

Social and inter-species justice, Gobal perspectives of human-animal interactions, Conservation social work and Human Ecology, Bio-affiliation and Nature Connection, Trauma Informed Care, clinical social work, poverty, Social & Interspecies Justice, Animal Sentience and Protection, Relationship between People, Domestic and Wild Animals, and the Natural World

Professional Biography

Some of Philip Tedeschi's best friends are animals.

Philip Tedeschi is the Director Emeritus and Founder of the Institute for Human-Animal Connection, a licensed clinical social worker, a clinical professor at the Graduate School of Social Work and an affiliated faculty with the University of Denver’s Animal Law Program. He teaches in the Human- Animal-Environmental Interaction Certificate for Master of Social Work students, examining the intricate relationship between people, domestic and wild animals, and the natural world. Tedeschi’s research, scholarship, teaching, and community practice work have focused on issues of social and interspecies justice, global perspectives of human-animal interactions, conservation social work and human ecology. He is globally recognized for expertise in the clinical methods of animal-assisted Interventions, human- animal interaction and conflict. He specializes in the bio-affiliative connection between people and animals, causes of maltreatment to people/non-human animals and the health promoting potential of human-animal and nature interaction.

Degree(s)

  • Other, Northeastern University, Boston, School of Criminal Justice, 1986
  • BS, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1985
  • Other, University of Chicago Laboratory School, 1979

Licensure / Accreditations

  • Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT-B)
  • Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT-B)
  • Other
  • Anicare Child and Adult Evaluator and Treatment Provider
  • Certified Equine Facilitated Mental Health Practitioner
  • Certified Animal Cruelty Evaluator/Treatment Provider- Anicare Adult and Anicare Child
  • Colorado Sexual Offender Management Board – Listed Treatment Provider/Forensic Evaluator- Youth
  • Certified Sexual Offense Evaluator
  • Certified Animal Cruelty Evaluator
  • Colorado Sex Offender Management Board-Listed Treatment Provider/Forensic Evaluator – Adult
  • Master Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor
  • Certified Master Therapeutic Riding Instructor
  • Cheff Center for the Handicapped – Professional Equine Therapeutic riding Instructor
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Professional Affiliations

  • Other
  • Other
  • Other
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Media Sources

Research


I am the founder and Director Emeritus of the Institue for Human- Animal Connection and the founding Director of the Institute for Animal Seneteince and Protection at the Univirsity of Denver. My expertise and interests have led me to study the bio-affiliation connection between people and animals all around the world. This interest began more than 30 years ago with my graduate training in social work and a specialized course of study on human-animal interactions (HAI) and bio-affilaition at the University of Wisconsin. In my capacity as Clinical Professor at the Graduate School of Social Work and affiliated facility with the University of Denver's Animal Law Program, I engage in research, scholarship, teaching, and community practice on issues of social and interspecies justice, global perspectives of human-animal interactions, conservation social work and human ecology. He is globally recognized for expertise in the clinical methods of animal-assisted Interventions, human- animal interaction and conflict, specializeing in the bio-affiliative connection between people and animals, causes of maltreatment to people/non-human animals and the health promoting potential of human-animal and nature interaction. I am professionally recognized nationally and internationally for in-depth understanding and inquiry in the intricate ways that people, animals and the environment interact. I am also interested in the protection of animals and the environment, the intersectional consideration of human-animal and nature resilience (One- Health). I disseminate my findings to diverse audiences through publications, presentations, trainings, community practice, professional development distance learning programs, academic programs and consultation.

Areas of Research

Anti-Cruelty and Intervention with Interpersonal Violence
Bio- Affiliation and Nature Connection
Trauma Informed Care
Social & Interspecies Justice

Key Projects

  • AAI with Denver Community Programs Serving People Experiencing Homelessness
  • IHAC and Denver Homelessness and Pets
  • Menmon Dog Training Program Consultation Agreement

Featured Publications

Sparks, J., Camacho, B., Tedeschi, P., & Morris, K. N. (2017). Ethnicity is not a primary determinant of willingness to spay or neuter pets dogs and cats. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science.
Tedeschi, P., & Jenkins, M. (Eds.). (2019). Transforming trauma: Resilience and healing through our connections with animals. Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press.

Presentations

Flynn, E., Mueller, M. K., Senecal, J., Klee, S., Tedeschi, P., & Morris, K. N. (2019). Understanding human-animal-environment interventions within a complex environment: The Green Chimney. International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations Conference. Brewster, New York: International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations .
Tedeschi, P. (2018). The Intimate Bond: Scientific Models and Practice Methods for Animal Assisted Interventions in Corre. Israeli Prison Service-Hermon. Hermon Prison- Northern Israel: IPS and Menmon LTD.
Tedeschi, P. (2018). 2017 In Consideration for Legal and Ethical Standing for other Animals. Tel Aviv University Law School, Tel Aviv, Israel: Tel Aviv Law School Environmental Clinic.
Tedeschi, P. (2018). Animals on the Mind 3.0- Extraordinary Connections: Illuminating neurodiversity in human-animal rela. Animals on The Mind. University of Denver: IHAC.
Tedeschi, P. (2018). Best practices for Pet Prescriptions of Emotional Support Animals: Clinical Benefits of Human-Animal. Interconnected Webinar Series. Denver: Colorado Link Project.

Awards

  • Prof. Grant Award, Univeristy of Denver
  • Faculty Career Champions Nominee, GSSW students
  • Excellence in Teaching for an Appointed Faculty, Graduate School of Social Work
  • Selected for PAW Commission, Governors Office- Colorado