What I do
Alison Leslie has always loved being around animals and decided to combine this passion with her professional expertise as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She graduated from the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work with a certificate in Animal Assisted Social Work and was the first graduate to successfully train and graduate with a therapy dog by her side. Marley, a flat-coated retriever, and Leslie went on to work with families in transitional housing, youth in foster care, and families in the child welfare system. She also helped create and implement group programs for youth in treatment centers throughout the Denver-metro areas. Leslie and Marley were also profiled in a chapter of the book, New Lives: Stories of Rescue Dogs Helping, Healing, and Giving Hope by Joanne Wannan.
She now runs her own private practice, Positive PAWSibiliites, in Bloomington, IN and works with youth and families by including animals in a cognitive behavioral, solution focused, strength based program.