Responding to Animal Abuse: The Role of Mental Health Professionals in Forensic Animal Maltreatment Evaluations

Co-sponsored by the UConn School of Law

Philip Tedeschi, LCSW. MSSW
5 CECs

Friday, March 13, 2020
9:30 am – 4 pm

Location: Hartford Public Library, Rm 026 – use 500 Main St entrance

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Crimes against animals reflect a wide array of behaviors, level of seriousness, actions harmful to animals and can also be omission of care. The underlying causative factors are also diverse. Despite this diversity and in many ways due to the array of behaviors on the continuum of criminal concern, we need to understand with some accuracy what has occurred and why.

Philip Tedeschi, Executive Director of the Institute for Human-Animal Connection, Clinical Professor at the University of Denver’s School of Social Work has developed a model to better identify the underlying causes of animal cruelty and to provide recommendations for treatment and supervision. One important aspect of this model is to have mental health professionals with the competencies to conduct forensic animal maltreatment evaluations of animal cruelty offenders.

The seminar will examine current research, typologies and clinical characteristics of individuals involved in animal abuse, and the connections between animal abuse and other interpersonal violence. Participants will learn how to perform the (FAME) Forensic Animal Maltreatment Evaluations and how to consider risk based on the (AARAT) Animal Abuse Risk Assessment Tool, and explore interventions and treatment planning considerations.

Using lecture and case presentations, this seminar will enable you to:

  • demonstrate a functional knowledge of the contexts and settings where animal abuse is most likely to occur and related typologies
  • demonstrate knowledge of the relevant research of the co-occurring circumstances where animal and human welfare are at risk and the link between interpersonal violence and animal abuse
  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge of animal abuse as it applies to existing standards and models
  • develop a functional understanding of assessment and intervention with animal abuse