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Essentials Conference

The NASW-NC Essentials Series was developed to offer a more in-depth look at a variety of social work practice topics. At this year's conference we will more closely examine animals in social work practice.



Member registration will begin on June 3rd.


Registration fees:

Members $99   

Not yet a member?  $139

Nonmember registration will begin on June 17th.


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



By registering, you irrevocably consent to and authorize NASW-NC to photograph and record video images of you at the event and to use and publish the same. All negatives, prints and digital files shall be solely the property of NASW-NC.


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