Companionship, pleasure, affection, nonjudgmental acceptance, love, connection to the outside world, a reason to live – are just a few of the countless benefits enjoyed by those who share their lives with other species of animals. The session will provide the participants with an overview of the human animal bond and will foster a greater appreciation for understanding our unique kinship with all living creatures, including horses. Attention within this portion of the discussion will be to explain why these relationships are so meaningful as well as highlight some of the physiological and psychological benefits derived.
Dr. Fine received his graduate degree from University of Cincinnati in 1982 and has been on the faculty at California State Polytechnic University since 1981. His leadership among faculty and teaching excellence earned him the prestigious Wang Award in 2001, given to a distinguished professor within the California State University system (23 Universities), in this instance for exceptional commitment, dedication, and exemplary contributions within the areas of education and applied sciences. Dr. Fine is also a licensed psychologist who opened his practice in Southern California in 1987. His practice specializes in treating children with ADHD, learning disabilities, developmental disorders and parent child relations.