About Genie

Genie Joseph, PhD is a certified Trust Technique Practitioner and dog trainer.  She was previously on the board of the Human-Animal Bond Program at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii. 


She is the creator of The Act Resilient Method and for this work, she was given President Obama's Silver Volunteer Service Award.  She and her dog Sophia are registered and certified as a Therapy Dog Team with The Alliance for Therapy Dogs and have done hundreds of visits with over 4,000 Service Members, Veterans, youth,  elderly, and incarcerated people. 


Genie has over 2,000 hours of volunteer work in animal shelters, rescue centers, and sanctuaries.  She does private consultations, conducts workshops and classes, and speaks to groups on communication, healing, and the human-animal connection.  She is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and published author. She registered and insured through The International Institute of Complementary Therapies.

For more information about The Act Resilient Method click here.

Read about our Board of Directors for The Human-Animal Connection.

Our Mission

We believe that animals are sentient beings, and this informs how we engage with them.  We believe that animals have opinions.  When we listen to them, it builds trust and cooperation and leads to healing.  Animals and humans can share peaceful feelings. When we work with Intuitive Communication we can help each other find greater connection and peace. 

What We Do

We work with individuals, groups, and organizations in workshops, classes, and private consultations.  We work with a number of natural, holistic methods that promote healing and transformation.  We help people to deepen their relationship with the animals in their lives.  We show people how to increase communication, connection and transform dynamics in the relationship.  We use all positive, cooperative methods, and do not override the animal's readiness or opinion.  We use a cooperative method of teaching animals that builds trust and mutual understanding. 

Make a donation

Please consider making a donation to support our work. The Human-Animal Connection is a non-profit 501c3 organization. All donations are tax deductible. 

Our Impact

Change is possible.  Healing is possible.  We have worked with over 4,000 US Service Members, have volunteered thousands of hours in animal shelters, rescues, and sanctuaries and helped hundreds of people interested in deepening their connection with the animal who shares their life.  We have seen that no matter what happened in the past, the present is powerful.  We can reverse the impact of trauma with effective tools of healing.  Animals want to connect, to communicate, to be understood, and to share love.

We believe

Honoring Animal Wisdom makes us better humans.

Animals are sentient beings.

Animals can heal from trauma.

What happened in the past does not have to dictate the future.

Trust lost can be regained and rebuilt.

​Love can soften and transform pain.

Animals can heal from trauma.

Every animal is unique.

Animals have thoughts, feelings, moods, opinions, and desires.

Animals have consciousness.

Animals can and do help heal humans.

Humans can and do help heal animals.

Animals have done a great service to humanity.


It is time for humanity to treat animals with greater respect.

​All animals deserve to live their lives with dignity, respect, and peace.

Animals have much to teach Humans. 

Animals and humans can communicate with or without words.

Animals are more than his or her past, and that change is possible.

Every animal is unique.  And that animals have a specific, individual purpose.

Animals communicate with each other in ways that we don't fully understand.

Intuition allows us to enter the animal's world and to communicate on deeper levels.

We believe that all animals are sacred.

Animals are connected to the Earth in ways we don't fully understand.

​Animals can show us how to love in deeper ways.

​We believe that sharing love with an animal changes us both.