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On April 19, 2017 Animals & Society Institute’s Lisa Lunghofer will be at the Humane Society of Huron Valley giving a day-long training on animal abuse, teaching professionals what they need to know to recognize the problem and intervene effectively. The morning will be devoted to a general discussion about the relationship between animal abuse and other antisocial and violent behavior. In the afternoon, we’ll focus specifically on animal abuse and children. Using case studies and video vignettes, we will explain why all professionals dealing with children should be aware of animal abuse as a risk factor. We will discuss what professionals should look for and the types of questions that might be asked about animal-related experiences. The workshop will conclude with discussion of the range of intervention resources available.

And on April 1, 2017  Animals & Society Institute’s Lisa Lunghofer will be presenting at the Maryland Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) annual conference in Annapolis, MD, the theme of which is Standing Strong for Children and Youth. The conference is attended by CASA volunteers and staff who are working to promote the best interests of children in the child welfare system. Lisa will be discussing the ways in which animal abuse affects children and family systems; ways in which animals may serve as protective factors for children; key factors to consider in assessing animal abuse and approaches to exploring a child’s relationships with animals; and trauma-focused strategies for intervening with children who have abused animals or witnessed abuse. The registration deadline is March 17.

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