Social Workers Advancing the Human Animal Bond Interest Group
Chair: Susan Cohen
Social Workers Advancing the Human-Animal Bond meets monthly to share information, discuss cases, listen to speakers, encourage advocacy, and support one another’s efforts. Two major thrusts of our work have been the exploration of animals in therapy (in the office, on horseback, in residential treatment) and the healthy integration of animals in urban life, especially in housing. Several members work with veterinarians and clients on decision making, pet loss, and compassion fatigue. Others assist clients to find veterinary, legal, and support services related to pets and assistance dogs. In addition our members work to sensitize police and social agencies on the need to recognize and deal with animal abuse as a component of domestic violence. Our goal for the coming year is to become a more visible resource to the social work community.
Click here to read the NASW News article about SWAHAB from June 2011.