The human-animal bond is a dynamic relationship between people and the animals they care for. The human-animal bond crosses all demographics - people of every race, culture, gender and socioeconomic status share their lives with companion animals. Studies show a multitude of physical, emotional and mental health benefits for pet guardians. But what happens when those people are in crisis? This seminar is an overview of direct social work interventions that involve the human-animal bond. The session will begin with the history and benefits of the human-animal bond. We will then discuss topics such as disaster relief, domestic violence, homelessness, BSL, animal hording. Finally, we will consider therapeutic applications such as animal assisted therapy, psychiatric service dogs and grief counseling for pet loss. Attendees will gain direct knowledge of the special needs of people with pets. The seminar will conclude with concrete resources and ideas for future social work involving the human-animal bond.
PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ABLE TO:
- Gain knowledge on the history of the Human-Animal Bond in relation to social work practice.
- Identify the various areas of social work that involve the Human-Animal Bond, and how they apply to practitioner experience.
- Understand how to help people in need who care for animals who may be working with current clinicians.