Treatment for Animal Abuse

Department Course Offerings

  • HL665 Assessment and Treatment for Juvenile and Adult Animal Abuse

    This course focuses on learning to assess and treat juveniles and adults who present with a problem of animal abuse. After a critical review of the literature on the relationship between violence toward humans and animal abuse and the policy implications of that relationship, the course introduces students to instruments that identify and assess individuals who have perpetrated or witnessed animal abuse. Students will apply the instrument to case examples and self-administered role-played interviews. Students also will learn interventions that are framed within cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic and attachment theories. Designed for both mental health practitioners and other professionals working with adults and children, this course presents AniCare -- an assessment and treatment approach for children and adults who have abused animals. Based on a well-established clinical theory and interventions for perpetrators of domestic violence, AniCare (adult) emphasizes the socialpsychological causes of violence. Building on cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, and attachment theories, AniCare Child keys on empathy and self-management. 3 credits

  • HL669 Treatment for Animal Abuse Certificate Final Project

    Students will complete an approved project, designed in conjunction with a faculty advisor and/or an external mentor that advances our understanding of practices related to the assessment and treatment for animal abuse (TAA). Thesis or project topics must be approved by the faculty advisor. The project will be documented by a written report, which will be suitable for the portfolio. 3 credits