The fundamental mind shift of animal consent: Teaching therapy animals to say Yes AND No

A ground-breaking shift in approach is changing the concept of what well-trained therapy animals are. Until recently, behavioral predictability, high levels of task skill and consistency were important attributes. Consent training and Co-operative Care are concepts that have changed the interaction fundamentally.  This webinar will examine ways to encourage animals (dogs, horses and possible other program animals) to be more active participants in therapeutic settings, to discuss what implications this training may have on our work.

Join a panel of innovative and progressive trainers who are eager to share their work and answer questions.

Webinar chair and presenter: Michael Kaufmann


  • Tess Erngren
  • Sara Karlberg
  • Anna Naber
  • Roswitha Zink
  • Jane Kopelman

About our presenters:

Michael Kaufman

Michael Kaufmann is the Farm and Wildlife Director at Green Chimneys and the director of the new Sam and Myra Ross Institute, dedicated to research on the human connection to animals and the natural world . He served the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the American Humane Association (AHA) as a key program director in animal-assisted activities/therapy, humane education & animal welfare. He has contributed to defining publications in the field and has served on numerous national boards & committees. He has lectured internationally on humane education, animal assisted activities ad how the link between child abuse and animal cruelty offers opportunity for collaboration between various helping professions.


Tess Erngren

Tess Erngren is a certified dog instructor, dog psychologist, dog philosopher and TAGteacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree in applied psychology and is owner and founder of GoodDog, Norway.



Sara Karlberg

Sara Karlberg has a bachelor degree in media and communications from Södertörns University in Stockholm. Quite soon after taking her degree and working as a tv-photographer she changed course and has studied public science, rehabilitation science, ethology, and psychology at different universities.



Anna Naber

Anna Naber, MSc, works as a clinical psychologist and biofeedback therapist in equine-assisted therapy. She works with children, adolescents and families experiencing severe life challenges through traumatic experiences, palliative and mental illness, death or disability. At Lichtblickhof ( in Vienna, Austria, Europe she accompanies them with horses to find new courage to face life, regain strength, experience joyful moments and feel understood without words.

As a researcher she works on topics for human-horse-interaction, focusing on animal welfare and training, positive impact factors of equine-assisted therapy as well as on horses’ “biofeedback skills” (HRV/RSA training, synchronization).


Roswitha Zink

Roswitha Zink, M.Sc, studied biology, special need education and psychotherapy and works as animal assisted psychotherapist mainly with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma, grief or receive palliative care. Passion and expertise are in the training of therapy horses to make their special non-verbal abilities available to people in therapy. Body language and affect attunement as well as self-efficacy are valuable key words to strengthen animals and clients in therapy.

Home in Europe, Vienna, Austria in the Otto Wagner Spital on the


Jane Kopelman

Jane Kopelman is a dog trainer and owner of Animals for Adoption. Jane was on the behavior staff at the ASPCA in New York City for five years working on the behavior helpline as well as running volunteer training workshops and classes for the general public. Appointed by the City of New York she has served on the board of ACC (Animal Care and Control) in New York City. She also served on the Board of Directors of Angel on a Leash. She has an extensive background in evaluating and training dogs.

For more than twenty years, Jane has been the owner of All About Dogs, a dog training business in New York She does private training and behavior counseling.

She is a certified therapy dog team evaluator for Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society) and teaches therapy dog classes in New York City as well as in upstate New York. She is also an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator. She serves as a consultant for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s therapy dog program.

For the last six years, Jane has been working with Green Chimneys on a program that brings shelter dogs and special needs children together.