Tales Kids Tell: The Humane Educators Role in Breaking the Cycle of Abuse
Category: Humane Education
Start Date: 10/19/2013
End Date: 12/13/2013
Register Before: 10/17/2013
"My dog had an accident on the floor and went to bed without dinner." Those of us working with youth often hear and see indicators of potential violence in the home. These are prime opportunities for intervention. This course will discuss the problem of childhood/family cruelty to animals, how to recognize that cruelty is happening in a childs home, and proactive solutions including youth outreach, humane education, and community partnerships.
There are no scheduled lecture times; Students complete the work on their own schedule, however weekly deadlines for assignments and responding to discussions are specified. Participate in weekly discussions and submit assignments at your convenience. Expect to spend at least 2-4 hours per week reading materials, completing assignments, and discussing issues.
This 8-week instructor-led course is part of the Certified Humane Education Specialist (CHES) program.
Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
- Understand the difference between intentional abuse and neglect.
- Identify risk factors for cruelty to animals.
- Understand gangs and how they may substitute the roles of a traditional family and violent behavior that is prevalent in gangs.
- Identify coping skills for the stress that is common in families and community programs that help families learn these skills.
- Identify signs of animal and child abuse and appropriate ways of reporting it, and reasons why some are reluctant to report.
- Identify risk factors that increase the likelihood that a young person will become violent and partake in abuse as well as factors that safeguard young people from exposure to risks.
- Identify ways to build empathy as a humane educator.
- Identify programs for at-risk youth that incorporate humane education.
- Understand the role of community coalitions in reducing cruelty to animals and improving reporting.
All required reading materials are provided in the course.
Students are expected to take part in asynchronous discussion forums in which they interact with classmates and the instructor, as well as submit writing assignments via the drop box format. The following participation and assignments are planned for this course:
Week 1 - Why Are Children Cruel?: Students are expected to take part in the "Cruelty Vs Intentional Neglect" discussion form.
Week 2 - Linking the Connection Between Childhood Animal Cruelty and Interpersonal Violence: Students will take part in the "33 Risk Factors" discussion forum and "At Risk for Future Violence?" drop box.
Week 3 - Family Violence: Students will post in the "Gangs as Family" discussion forum and complete the "Family Coping Mechanisms" drop box assignment.
Week 4 - Recognizing and Reporting Abuse of Children and Animals: Students will post in the "Reluctance to Report" discussion forum and complete the quiz.
Week 5 - Risk and Protective Factors: Students are expected to take part in the "Risk and Protective Factors" Discussion forum.
Week 6 - The Humane Educators Role in Preventing and Addressing Abuse: Students will complete the "Tips and Steps" Discussion Forum assignment and "Research a Program" drop box.
Week 7 - Community Coalitions: Students will complete the "Your Experiences" Discussion Forum assignment and "Numerous Steps" drop box assignment.
Week 8 - Conclusion: Extra credit activity: Hold a professional development workshop for classroom educators, social workers, medical professionals, etc. about the link between interpersonal violence and animal cruelty.
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