Human-Animal social work and mental health professionals, join ASI Board Members Dr. Kenneth Shapiro and Dr. Kimberly Spanjol at their upcoming live virtual course Wednesday, October 13, and Thursday, October 21, 2021 6:00–7:30pm ET. The course is presented through the NYU Silver School of Social Work.

The ASI course, “BARK (Behavioral Accountability, Responsibility and Knowledge) Program,” will provide guidance on how to identify, assess, and treat adults who have abused animals. Topics covered include how to frame the therapy, establish a working relationship, deal with resistance, establish accountability, and clarify values related to animals. It also teaches self-management skills including empathy, accommodation, reciprocity, nurturance, anger management, and stress-management. The BARK diversion program is a group intervention based on The Identification, Assessment, and Treatment of Adults Who Abuse Animals: The AniCare Approach (Shapiro & Henderson, Springer, 2016).

Dr. Kenneth Shapiro (PhD, ABPP) is ASI Board President and a retired clinical psychologist who had a private practice (1972-1990) and was a counselor at the Bates College Health Center (1979-1990). He is the author of two books on the treatment of people who abuse animals (Shapiro, Randour, Krinsk, & Wolf, The Assessment and Treatment of Children who Abuse Animals, Springer, 2014; Shapiro & Henderson, The Identification, Assessment and Treatment of Adults who Abuse Animals, Springer, 2016).

Dr. Kimberly Spanjol (PhD, LMHC, LBA, BCBA-D) is a criminologist, licensed mental health counselor and licensed and board-certified behavior analyst. She is also trained in Animal Assisted Therapy, Animals and Human Health, and is a Certified Humane Education Specialist (CHES).  Dr. Spanjol is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York her clinical work has been focused on children, teens and young adults with a variety of behavioral, developmental and mental health issues in private practice, educational, and correctional settings for nearly three decades.

Tuition is $60, and the course is NYSED and ASWB/ACE approved for 3 Continuing Education Contact Hours.

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