AniCare® Adult Handbook

The Identification, Assessment, and Treatment of Adults Who Abuse Animals: The AniCare® Approach

Shapiro, K., & Henderson, A. J. (1998)

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. The AniCare® Adult Handbook is 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.

Purchase the AniCare® Adult Handbook here.


For the assessment and treatment of children, see AniCare® Child.


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