The Missing LINK in Social Work: Addressing Animal Abuse to Improve Delivery of Services to Vulnerable Victims

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Tue, Jul 16th, 2024 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM ET
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For far too long, social work has conspicuously ignored companion animals’ impact on human well-being and functioning, the powerful human-animal attachments that enhance or hinder clients’ responses to interventions, and the Links between inter-personal and inter-species violence. A systemic “PAWS” Gap — People and Animals’ Welfare and Safety – in social work training and practice makes social workers ill-equipped for the “3-Rs” — Recognition, Response, and Referral — regarding clients’ concerns involving animals. The PAWS Gap affects clients’ quality of life, decision-making, and potential escalation into domestic, child, elder and animal abuse.

This webinar will identify six reasons why social workers should be aware of human-animal relationships and nine career opportunities, with action steps, to reduce the ”PAWS” Gap, improve the delivery of services, identify clients’ risk and resiliency factors, enhance social and environmental justice, and improve responses to all vulnerable members of families and communities.


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This webinar has been certified by the National Animal Care & Control Association and is approved for 1 Continuing Education Unit. Please refer to your NACA membership portal for current CEU submission process. Current NACA Members who attend the live presentation or watch the recording will be able to download a jointly issued attendance certificate that includes the National Animal Care & Control Association logo. Visit the NACA training page for a complete list of future trainings.



This webinar has been pre-approved by the Maine Animal Welfare Program for 1 Continuing Education Unit for the State of Maine’s ACO annual training. You can find more information about Certification, required annual training or submitting materials for credit at Maine’s Animal Control Officer Resource Page.




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