HL665 Assessment and Treatment for Juvenile and Adult Animal Abuse

Course Description

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

Course Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Summarize the relationship between animal abuse and family violence
  • Differentiate among tools designed to identify and assess juvenile and adult animal abuse
  • Reconstruct variables descriptive of juvenile and adult populations who abuse animals
  • Demonstrate interventions directed to eliminating animal abuse

Course Topics

(Subject to Change)

  • Cycle of violence
  • Anicare approach
  • Juvenile assessment and treatment
  • Adult assessment and treatment
  • Crisis management
  • Working with families
  • Multi-systemic therapy
  • Hoarding
  • Use of animals in therapy
  • Validation

Course Materials

(Subject to Change)

  • Randour, M. L., Krinsk, S., & Wolf, J. (2002). AniCare Child: An assessment and treatment approach for childhood animal abuse. Washington Grove, MD: Animals and Society Institute.
  • AniCare Child instructional DVD. Washington Grove, MD: Animals and Society Institute.
  • Jory, B. & Randour, M. L. (1999). The AniCare Model of Treatment for Animal Abuse. Washington Grove, MD: Animals and Society Institute.
  • AniCare (Adult) instructional DVD. Washington Grove, MD: Animals and Society Institute.