Tails of Joy Animal Asssisted Therapy, Connecticut

Providing Therapeutic Benefit to People
Through the Use of Animals

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Tails of Joy members volunteer throughout Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties and neighboring towns in Connecticut.

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Tall Tails is now available on the Documents section of the Members-Only portion of our website.

Membership in Tails of Joy

Next Meeting

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 7PM
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Guest Speaker Mallory Fergione, MSW

Trauma and the potential impact on thoughts, emotions and behavior

Mallory will be sharing her expertise on various types of trauma and the potential impact on thoughts, emotions and behavior. Therapy teams visiting in all types of situations may encounter people affected by trauma and will be better prepared after hearing Mallory’s talk.

Meeting is considered mandatory continuing education for our AACRT teams.

Networking ~ Door Prizes

Tails-U-Win
175 Adams Street, Manchester, CT 06040

 

Mallory Fergione, MSW is the coordinator of the Outreach Program within Young Adult Services at The Institute of Living in Hartford, CT. The Outreach Program aims to increase community participation by clients and families while providing individualized treatment to greater support clients in the community. In addition to this, time is spent creating ‘community conversations’ regarding mental health, access to services and trauma response for families, clients and community agencies.

Mallory joined the Institute of Living in 2008 and implemented the outreach program as a case manager in Young Adult Services.  During her time as an outreach case manager, she was working on furthering her education, received her MSW from UConn and stepped into a clinical role to expand the program.

Meetings are held monthly, except January and during the summer, usually on the first Saturday of the month. Holiday weekends may alter the schedule. Guests are welcome.

     

Animal Assisted Activity

Fall 2014 - Spring 2015
Meeting Schedule

September 7, 2-5 PM
Annual Picnic
Baywood Kennels

October 4, 7 PM
Guest Speaker: Laurel Rabschutz
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November 1, 7 PM
Guest Speaker: Mallory Fergione, MSW
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December 13, 6:30 PM
Holiday Party
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February 7, 7PM
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March 7, 7PM
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April -- no meeting

May 2, 7PM
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June 6, 7PM
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Dates and location are subject to change, please check back to verify as the day gets closer.


Benefits of Membership in Tails of Joy

  • Pet Partner and Intermountain Therapy Animal evaluation/re-evaluation at no cost by our member evaluators.
  • Mentoring by an experienced therapy team handler.
  • Support and information exchange with other members.
  • Coverage under Tails of Joy insurance policy for volunteer pet visiting activities.
  • Educational Events.

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Membership Levels

All memberships are from July 1 to June 30th. Membership dues for members joining between January 1 and June 30 are one-half of the yearly dues.

Becoming actively involved does not require that you have a purebred companion animal or an animal of a specific size. We try not to place any time constraints on our members and ask only that you spend a couple of hours each month providing AAA / AAT.

Membership Application in PDF format

Registration Evaluations are offered several times a year.

Please contact Beth Hajek for current evaluation schedule.

Almost any type of animal can provide AAA / AAT when trained properly. Each evaluating program has their own requirements and restrictions. TOJ evaluators conduct evaluations for dogs, cats and rabbits.


 

Full Membership $30.00

Any member who is registered with a national organization, including Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society), Intermountain Therapy Animals and Therapy Dogs Incorporated, and has been visiting a facility with his/her companion animal.


Associate Membership $25.00
Any member who is not yet a registered team, is part of the mentoring program or provides a service but is not involved in providing AAA / AAT with a companion animal.
Family Membership $35.00
Two or more members in the same family. Children must be between 12 and 17 years old.
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Tails of Joy is an ITA Affiliate Organization

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