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Who We Are

Heather White, LMSW

A professional dog trainer and mental health professional, Heather has devoted her life's work to mutually beneficial Human-Animal Interactions. Working for an east coast-based therapy dog organization for several years, evaluating, training, coordinating, and supporting handlers and their dogs as well as creating new visiting therapy dog programs for human health professionals in varying departments of agencies large and small, Heather has a substantial understanding all aspects of therapy dog programming. In addition to her work in the canine field, Heather also works with equines, having worked as Program Director for a therapeutic equestrian facility in New York, coordinating, creating, and implementing ground-based equine programs. Heather's Master's Thesis, "Optimizing Animal Assisted Interactions within Psychiatric Facilities" won her Hunter College's Jacob Goldfein award. Heather enjoys keeping up to date with the latest developments in the field of Human-Animal Interactions, having completed multiple post-graduate certificates through several Universities and hands-on learning opportunities. Heather takes her dedication to quality, ethics, and continual improvement into her work with people and animals to create positive outcomes for all. 

Credentials

MSW - CUNY Hunter College

Animals and Human Health Certificate - University of Denver 

Treating Animal Abuse Certificate - Arizona State University

Post-MSSW Veterinary Social Work Certificate - University of Tennessee

Equine Assisted Mental Health Practitioner Certificate - University of Denver

Certified Professional (MH) - Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association

Certified Level 1 - Equine Experiential Education Association

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning - Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship

Certified Canine Fitness Trainer and Master Trainer - University of Tennessee and FitPaws

International Society for Anthrozoology - Society Affiliate

Animals and Society Institute - Professional Member

Horses in Education and Therapy International (HETI Federation) - Member

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