The University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work With Society & Animals Forum (formerly PSYETA)
Assessing & Treating Juvenile Animal Abuse
With Kenneth Joel Shapiro, Ph.D., ABPP
Friday, June 3, 2005 Wm Pitt Union - University of Pittsburgh
Professionals in the field of mental health understand that any type of abuse, untreated, can escalate and negatively affect the whole family. Animal abuse is an indicator of family crisis and a precursor of violence toward humans. In fact, animal
abuse is often the first symptom, arising on average at age 6 years 6 months, of Conduct Disorder of Childhood. Appropriate treatment of animal abuse can break this cycle of violence. Many states have strengthened their anti-cruelty statutes by adding counseling provisions that allow or mandate the courts to make counseling part of the sentence of convicted animal abusers. These developments have increased the need for more mental health professionals to be trained to accept referrals to assess and treat juvenile and adult abusers. As understanding of this ?link? between human violence and animal abuse has grown, so have the requests for appropriate treatment.
This workshops is designed to provide clinical professionals with important conceptions and trends about the connection of animal abuse to human violence. Grounded in research, the dynamics of animal abuse will be presented to amplify the significance to family, child and spousal abuse. Based on the AnicareChild approaches, this workshop provides
strategies for you to be able to identify possible animal abuse and to make skilled assessments
skills for treating juvenile abuse and integrating treatment with other interventions
a checklists and instruments to complement your diagnostic and treatment practice.
lecture, video interviews, case study, role-play, and interactive learning on the AniCareChild approach, which focuses on accountability and the development of self-management skills and empathy.
Faculty: Kenneth Joel Shapiro, Ph.D., ABPP, is executive director and a cofounder of S&AF. He is a clinical psychologists who has extensive experience giving workshops on AniCare/AniCare Child to health care and related professionals. He has published scholarly work in phenomenological psychology and animal welfare, including Animal Models of Human Psychology: Critique of Science, Ethics, and Policy (1998). He is founding editor of Society & Animals and is co-founding editor of the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science.
Time: Friday 9 AM-4PM C E: 6 hours (LSW, CAC, NBCC, Psychologists*)
Dates: June 3, 2005 Place: Wm Pitt Union - University of Pittsburgh Fee: $95
For more information contact the Continuing Education Office at (412) 624-3711
*This program is co-sponsored by Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic for psychologists. WPIC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologist, and WPIC and the School of Social Work maintain responsibility for this program.
**About Co-Sponsor - Society & Animals Forum. Founded in 1981 and incorporated in 1984, Society & Animals Forum (formerly PSYETA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with approximately 3,500 members who share knowledge among scholars, researchers, and practitioner professionals about the multidisciplinary field of human-animal studies, the relationship between animal abuse and violence against humans, interventions designed to break the cycle of abuse, and alternatives to invasive uses of animals in research.
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