Identification, Assessment, And Treatment of Adults Who Abuse Animals: A
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Online via Zoom
6.0 CE Hours for Social Work (MICEC) and MCBAP (RELATED)
Course fee: $99
Presenters: Kenneth Shapiro, PhD, ABPP and Kimberly Spanjol, PhD, LMHC, LBA, BCBA-D
A substantial body of empirical evidence has established that domestic violence, a serious societal problem, is correlated with animal abuse. Identifying, assessing, and treating individuals who abuse animals can reduce both animal abuse and human violence. After reviewing the empirical literature and its implications for policy and practice, this course introduces BARK, a group-based diversion program for adults who have abused animals. Attendees learn about and practice applying assessment instruments and an intervention that addresses the presenting problem of animal abuse. The intervention focuses on establishing accountability, examining attitudes and beliefs about animals, and developing interpersonal skills such as empathy, showing respect, accommodation, and stress and anger management. The course utilizes role-plays and other devices to directly involve attendees.