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2018 The Human-Animal Bond And Direct Social Work Practice

TUESDAY, August 7, 2018 | 6:00-9:00 p.m.

NYU Silver School of Social Work
1 Washington Square North
New York, NY 10003

NYSED and ACE Approved for 3 CE contact hours

This event is a part of the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning's Spring 2018 Seminar Series.

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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.

Learning Objectives


  • 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.


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Katherine Compitus, LCSW, MSEd, MA

Katherine Compitus is a licensed social worker and a doctoral candidate at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. Her research focuses primarily on "applied anthrozoology" (the study of human-animal interactions) and pediatric mental health. She is especially interested in crisis intervention and working with trauma survivors; she is a Certified Family Trauma Therapist and trained in EMDR. Katherine is also the founder and chairman of Surrey Hills Sanctuary, a non-profit organization providing social work services for people and their pets. Katherine has a MSW from NYU, a MSEd from Hunter College and an MA in Animal Behavior from Hunter College. She is currently an adjunct instructor at both NYU and Columbia University. Katherine has worked in social work involving the human animal bond for many years; her previous work includes animal assisted therapy with pediatric patients at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases and working as a grief counselor for pet loss at the Animal Medical Center.

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  • General Admission: $70.00
  • NYU Faculty & Staff: $52.50
  • NYU Silver Alumni (Graduate and Undergraduate degrees): $52.50
  • NYU Silver Post-Masters Certificate Program Alumni: $59.50
  • NYU Silver Current Field Instructors: $52.50
  • NYU Silver Current Students (space-available basis): $35.00
  • Non-NYU Current MSW and PhD Students (space-available basis): $46.69
  • 3+ from one agency: $52.50 each
  • Veterans: $35.00

All discounts must be applied before the event date.

Cancellations and Refunds

If after registering, you determine that you can no longer attend this event, The Office of Global and Lifelong Learning will issue refunds on the following basis:

  • Refund requests made on or before July 30 (by midnight): full refund
  • Refund requests made on or before Aug 3 (by midnight): 50% refund
  • Refund requests made on or after Aug 6: no refund

If this event is cancelled, all registrants will be fully reimbursed. To withdraw from and be reimbursed for this event, please complete the event withdrawal form.

Special Accommodations & Grievance Policy

Special Accommodations:
Students requiring accommodations have the opportunity to make these known upon registering or by writing to

Addressing Grievances:
Here is more information on our Grievance Guidelines. If you have questions or concerns contact (212) 998-9099.


NYSED and ACE approved for 3 CE hours.

New York University Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers {#SW-0012}.

NYU Silver School of Social Work, 1415 is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. NYU Silver School of Social Work maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 11/11/16 - 11/11/19. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 3 continuing education clock hours.

New York University Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors {#MHC-0083}.

For Mental Health Practitioners: Please check with your state, if you are not licensed in New York, to determine if these credits will be accepted for licensing renewal.

Contact Us

NYU Silver School of Social Work
Office of Global and Lifelong Learning
1 Washington Square North, G08
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-998-5973
Fax: 212-995-4497