The Assessment and Treatment of Animal Abuse

The UConn School of Social Work, in collaboration with the UConn Law School and the Animals and Society Institute present two webinars on the Assessment and Treatment of Animal Abuse

Developing policies and practices related to dealing with animal abuse is important both for animal welfare considerations and because of the empirically established co-occurrence, the “link”, between animal abuse and human violence. Early intervention is key. These webinars will explore the identification, assessment and treatment of animal cruelty offenders.  The programs are appropriate for human service professionals, forensic psychologists and criminal justice personnel.

Fees for each webinar:

$30 – UConn SSW Alumni and Current Field Instructors
$35 – All Others

Register for Parts 1 & 2 – Save 10% and receive a free electronic version of the AniCare handbook*

Presenter: Kenneth Shapiro, PhD, Co-founder and President of the Board of the Animals & Society Institute

Part 1 – Thurs, March 4, 5:30 – 7 pm
1.5 CECs

The first 90-minute webinar will focus on understanding the link between animal abuse and human violence and the identification and assessment of adults who have abused animals.

In the first webinar, participants will:

  • understand the relationship between animal abuse and other antisocial and criminal behavior, including family violence
  • become familiar with the policy and practice implications of the “link”
  • learn to identify, assess, and recommend the appropriate form of intervention for adults who abuse animals


Part 2 – Thurs, March 11, 5:30 – 7 pm
1.5 CECs

The second webinar will introduce interventions to address animal abuse, including a group-based psychoeducational diversion program (BARK: Behavior, Accountability, Responsibility, and Knowledge) and an individual-based psychotherapy (AniCare).

In the second webinar, participants will:

  • become familiar with developing and implementing treatment plans for working with adults who have abused animals
  • learn how to incorporate AniCare into their current approach
  • learn how to include assessment and intervention in establishing accountability, clarifying values regarding animals, dealing with attachment issues, developing empathy, and enhancing self-management skills

* Register for both sessions to save 20%, plus receive a free electronic version of the AniCare handbook, The Identification, Assessment, and Treatment of Adults who Abuse Animals: The AniCare Approach, Springer, 2016.