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Schools of Social Work with Animal Curricula or Contacts

USA

ARIZONA

Arizona State University – Chris Risley-Curtis, Assoc. Prof., Animal-Human Interactions Coord., SSW

Courses include: Human-Other Animal Relationships; Assessment & Treatment of Animal Cruelty, Human-Animal Connections

 

COLORADO

University of Denver – GSSW – Phil Tedeschi, Director, Institute for Human-Animal Connection

Courses include: Animals in Therapeutic Settings; Animal-Assisted Social Work Practice; Orientation to Animal-Assisted Interventions (online)

 

FLORIDA

University of South Florida (Tampa) – Stacy Kratz, Adjunct Faculty, SSW

(also Adjunct at USC – California)

 

GEORGIA

University of Georgia – Patricia M. Reeves, PhD, MSW, Professor

Teaches course: The Human-Animal Bond and Professional Practice

 

INDIANA

University of Indiana at South Bend – John R. Gallagher, Asst. Prof. of Social Work

(no specific curricula, but reportedly interested in The Link)

 

IOWA

University of Iowa SSW – Traci Rudolf-Hanrahan, graduate student, conducting community needs assessment for partnerships with animal care & control

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Simmons College  (Boston) – Jennifer Putney, Assoc. Prof., SSW

 

MICHIGAN

Michigan State University – Linda L. Lawrence, Clinical instructor, Vet Social Work Services Coordinator

University of Michigan – Kristine Siefert, Ph.D., MPH, Edith S. Gomberg Collegiate Professor Emerita, School of Social Work, and Laura Sanders

Courses include Social Work and the Human-Animal Bond

 

NEW JERSEY

Georgian Court University (Lakewood) – Dr. Cheryl Resnick-Cortes, Dept. of Social Work

SW 220 – The Human-Animal Bond elective (incl. bond, link, grief/pet loss, AAT)

Monmouth University – Christine Costello, LCSW, LCADC, Instructor, SSW

 

OHIO

University of Toledo – Janet Hoy, Ph.D., LISW-S, Assoc. Prof., College of Social Justice & Human Service

(serves on Board of Toledo Area Humane Society; places shelter animals as emotional support   animals at mental health centers, developed supervised MSW field placements at humane society

 

PENNSYLVANIA

West Chester University — Page Buck, MSS, Ph.D., LSW, Program Director, Department Chair, & Associate Professor, MSW Faculty

University of Pennsylvania School of Public Policy and Practice — Phil Arkow

Courses include: Foundations of Animal-Assisted Interventions and Social Work

 

TENNESSEE

University of Tennessee – Elizabeth Strand  (also see below)

 

TEXAS

University of Texas/Pan-American – Catherine Faver, Professor

Courses include: Spirituality and Social Work; Human Behavior and the Social Environment5

University of North Texas – Cynthia Chandler, Professor

Courses include Animal Assisted Therapy

 

CANADA

NOVA SCOTIA

Dalhousie University, Halifax – Cassandra Hanrahan, Asst. Prof.

 

ONTARIO

York University, Toronto – Atsuko Matsuoka, Assoc. Prof., SSW

 

Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ont. – Faculty of Social Work

Dr. Shoshana Pollack – professor, coordinator of Inside-Out women’s prison program

Practices and conducts research on equine-assisted psychotherapy

 

SASKATCHEWAN

University of Regina-Saskatoon campus

Darlene Chalmers, Bed., BSW, MSW, PhD., RSW,  Asst. Prof., Faculty of Social Work

Partnership with Western College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Social Work program

University of Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Centre

Erin Wasson, MSW, BSW, RSW

 

JAPAN

Shikoku Island

Matsuyama University

Aki Sato, PhD, MSW, Lecturer, Faculty of Humanities Sociology Dept., Social Work course

 

OTHER SOCIAL WORK CONTACTS

Veterinary Social Work

Elizabeth Strand (see above) in the University of Tennessee College of Social Work coordinates a cross-disciplinary program with the UT College of Veterinary Medicine to address employment opportunities for social workers in veterinary hospitals, veterinary colleges, grief counseling, pet loss, helping clients work through economic issues surrounding their pets, compassion fatigue, suicide awareness, etc. A biennial conference brings together all the leaders in this emerging specialty. A Veterinary Social Work Certificate is offered.

 

SWAHAB – Social Workers Advancing the Human-Animal Bond

Dr. Susan Cohen, DSW, ACSW (susanpcohen@msn.com) organized this group in 2004 to recognize that the interactions of people and other animals affect the lives of both, often in profoundly important ways. In 2007 SWAHAB became a special interest group of the N.Y. City chapter of NASW. SWAHAB has a listserve.