The Identification, Assessment, and Treatment of Adults Who Abuse Animals: The AniCare® Approach
Shapiro, K., & Henderson, A. J. (1998)
This handbook provides step-by-step guidance on how to identify, assess, and treat adults who have abused animals. The theoretical framework employed is broad, encompassing cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, attachment, and trauma-based therapies. Organized by stages of therapy, the text discusses how to frame the therapy, establish a working relationship, deal with resistance, establish accountability, clarify values related to animals, and teach self-management skills such as empathy, attachment, accommodation, reciprocity, and nurturance. Additional materials are included or references, including an appendix of cases that illustrates the variety of client presentations, and electronic supplementary material that demonstrates role-played interviews and a workshop presentation.
AniCare® uses a cognitive-behavioral approach with an emphasis on the client’s need to acknowledge accountability for their behavior. It involves both assessment and treatment that address seven concepts: accountability, respect/freedom, reciprocity, accommodation, empathy, attachment and nurturance. Materials include a detailed AniCare® Adult Handbook that clinicians use to tailor treatment to the specific needs of each client. ASI sponsors virtual and in-person workshops to train social service professionals in the use of AniCare®.
Created in 1999, the AniCare® Model of Treatment for Animal Abuse is the first professionally developed psychological intervention program for adults who have abused animals. AniCare® Child is used to treat children under the age of 17 who have perpetrated or witnessed animal abuse.