The mission of Social Workers Advancing the Human-Animal Bond is to recognize and promote the healthy relationships individuals have with animals and the powerful bond that can exist between them. This group aims to:
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Educate professionals and students in the human service field on multiple issues related to the human-animal bond including attachment issues, pet loss, and bereavement
Promote and advocate for the involvement and recognition of service animals in the social work and healthcare professions
Recognize and educate others about multiple human-animal concerns including the correlation between animal abuse and other types of violence, the consideration of animals in times of crisis and disaster response, and animal hoarding
Support social workers and others who are currently working in environments in which both human welfare and animal welfare are at stake.
Currently our membership ranges from people who have been incorporating the human-animal bond into social work for almost thirty years to those who have just begun their professional lives and want to tap into and add to this important resource.
We work in a variety of settings, such as veterinary practices, children's service agencies, animal welfare organizations, groups dealing with family violence and in private psychotherapy and consulting practices.
We focus on problems that are similar to and intertwined with more conventional social work concerns.
Our guest lecturers discuss wide range of topics, the blend of psychoanalytic psychotherapy with animal assisted therapy (AAT); a residential treatment facility where farm and wild animals assist in education and recovery of children; programs in which prisoners train assistance dogs for individuals with disabilities; equine facilitated psychotherapy; service dog issues; ethical considerations with regard to lab animals; "compassion fatigue" among rescuers, and vet staff.