Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI) seminar in Helsinki 31.8.-2.9.2018 Seminar on dog- assisted intervention

The Finnish Association for Dog Assisted Intervention, Koirat kasvatus- ja kuntoutustyössä ry- Hundar inom fostran och rehabilitering rf is  arranging an international seminar for Dog assisted intervention 31.8- 2.9.2018 in Helsinki. The seminar will be held at Valkea Talo (Ilkantie 4). The seminar is open to professionals working in the field of education, social- and healthcare and persons interested in dog assisted interventions. Main lecturer of the seminar is  Melissa Winkle, OTR/L, FAOTA (USA).

The official language of the seminar will be English.

Topics for the weekend will be e.g.  

  • dog- assisted intervention in various client groups
  • well- being of the dog
  • dog training



Agenda Finnish Association for Dog Assisted Intervention 31 Aug- 2 Sep, 2018_Melissa Winkle agenda Finland 31.8.-2.9.2018


Melissa Winkle, OTR/L, FAOTA  works with children and adults of all ages and abilities in Albuquerque, NM. Her private practice, Dogwood Therapy Services Inc. offers opportunities to improve independent living and vocational skills in natural and integrated community settings. Melissa is active in evaluation, intervention, consulting, international workshops, program development and research. Special interests include animal assisted interventions, assistance dogs as assistive technology options, and nature therapy. Melissa serves a number of local, national and international positions.

Seminaariohjelman kuvaus ja luennoitsijoiden esittelyt/ Description of the seminar program and lectures by lecturers


Attendance fees:

Friday 75€

Saturday 150€

Sunday 150€

Early bird fee for 3 days 300€ (1.3.-31.5.2018)

Fee for 3-days 375€ (late registration)

Fees include lectures and workshops as well as lunch and coffee according to the program for the days in question.

On Saturday evening there will be a common dinner. The highlight of our second seminar day is dinner at restaurant Kannas at Eerikinkatu 43. The chef has suggested the following menu:
To start: escargot / small salmon soup
Main: griddled salmon / reindeer steak / veggie steak
Dessert: frozen cranberries with toffee sauce or season’s dessert
Special diets will be accommodated upon request.
The price of the menu is only €41; drinks are not included in the price.
Curious about the restaurant? Go check their website at

You can register for the dinner on the seminar’s webshop Holvi


Registration can be accepted from 1.3.2018 until 15.8.2018, at Koirat kasvatus- ja kuntoutustyössä ry seminar webstore Holvi

More information can be found at Koirat kasvatus- ja kuntoutustyössä ry website

After registration you will receive confirmation via e-mail (a receipt from the webstore). This receipt is the actual entrance ticket to the seminar. Limited number of participants.  

The registration is binding when payment through the webstore has been received. The registration fee will only be returned by enclosed doctor’s certificate.

If you need an invoice for your seminar fee, contact Invoicing fee is 10€.

Additional registration information, please make requests to or 040-5440570/Paula Leppänen

How will I get there?

The seminar will be held at Valkea Talo, address llkantie 4, Haaga, 00400 Helsinki

Valkea talo is a cosy and nice setting for meetings and seminars and it is located in Haaga in Helsinki. There are good connections from the center of Helsinki to  Valkea talo.

Bus: Busses nr 40 and 43 from Elielinaukio (next to Central Railway station), exit bus at Ilkantie 4, the bus stop is in front of the main entrance of Valkea talo

Train: The local trains S-, U-, L-, E-, A- P- and I from Central railway station (Rautatieasema)  => Huopalahden asema, a walking distance from Valkea talo.

We recommend using public transportation because there is limited parking space available.

Helsinki area Route/ Journey Planner can be found at (change site  language to English at the right top corner)


Helsinki area offers various accomodation possibilities in attractive hostels or hotels.

More information about accomodation and service in Helsinki area at

Nearby accomodation alternatives for example:

Contact information

For more information, please contact

The Finnish association for dog assisted intervention reserve the right to make changes in the scheduled programme.

Animal Assisted Intervention seminarium SWEDISH


AAI2018-seminar-programme-english version

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