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Saturday, August 3, 2019
McKimmon Center
1101 Gorman St
Raleigh, NC


The roles of animals in our lives are changing now more than ever. Companion animals are considered members of our families and there is increasing evidence-based research showing the benefits of animal-assisted interventions for a wide variety of illnesses and conditions. As the changing roles of animals in our lives are showcased in mainstream media, social media, and in conversations and interactions in our communities, it's time to really consider where social work will come in with all of these changes.

Social work is the only profession with a dual focus on holistically addressing individual issues and using social policy to affect change. That, combined with social work's emphasis on individual strengths and empowerment, gives us the foundation to be the leading profession regarding understanding and developing interventions that address animal-human relationships.


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Agenda - 6.5 Hours of CE


8:30-8:50    Registration

8:50-9:00    Welcome, announcements, and speaker introductions

9:00-9:30    Human-animal relationships: history, current trends, and future projections

9:30-10:30  The Inconvenient Family Member

· Benefits and risks of Human Animal Relationship to individuals, families, communities

· Evaluating anthropocentric social policy, social work education, and social work interventions

10:30-10:40 Break

10:40-12:10 Animals and assessment: what to ask, and what to do with what you learn

· Animals and children/youth

· Animals and family dynamics

· Animals and elders

· Animals serving those with disabilities

· Animals and communities

12:10-1:00  lunch on your own

1:00-2:30  Including animals in treatment: history, current trends, and new directions

· Animal-assisted vs. animal-informed

· Current models, including the Matrix of Opportunity

· Species selection

· Implementation issues: site assessment, clinician training, program/session planning, animal care and handling

2:30-2:40   Break

2:40- 3:10  Risk reduction

3:10-4:00   Ethical decision-making and recommendations for sound practice/referral

4:00-4:30   Recommendations and conclusions

4:30           Adjourn







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