Assessment and Treatment of Animal Abuse

  • January 13, 2014
  • (MST)
  • online course
Arizona State University (ASU) and the Animals and Society Institute (ASI) are once again partnering to provide an online course for 14 weeks this coming winter/spring, January 13-May 2, 2014. The course, called “Assessment and Treatment of Animal Abuse” (TAA2), is a practicum on AniCare, an assessment and treatment approach for juveniles and adults who abuse animals. This is an excellent opportunity for students and professionals nationwide to take advantage of this course. The program is delivered online using the ASU Blackboard system, and course administrators will support students pursuing CEUs for the course.

Designed for both mental health practitioners and other professionals working with adults and children, this course presents the AniCare assessment and treatment model. Based on well-established clinical theory and interventions for perpetrators of domestic violence, AniCare emphasizes the social-psychological causes of violence and keys on accountability and building interpersonal skills. The juvenile version, AniCare Child, is also based on cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, and attachment theories related to empathy and self-management. Through a handbook, a demonstration DVD and clinical case materials, students are introduced to a variety of exercises and other tools, such as puppet role-play and projective material.

The course must be completed within the assigned semester (January 13-May 2, 2014) unless otherwise arranged. The program is delivered online using the ASU University Blackboard system. The registration deadline is December 30, 2013.

Each course costs $900 and includes the cost of the Blackboard availability and support, as well as registration fees. It does not include books and other materials.

Application Process
Please send an email to Kenneth Shapiro at with a curriculum vitae or a brief description of your academic and professional background and a statement of your interest in taking the course. For questions about the mechanics of the course, contact Chris Risley-Curtiss at

Dr. Antonia (Toni) Henderson is a professor of psychology at Langara College in Vancouver, British Columbia teaching exclusively “Mixed Mode” (half online and half in person) in Introductory Psychology, Developmental, and Developmental Psychopathology. She has been an active research psychologist since completing her doctoral work in 1998, and involved in numerous and varied projects. More recently, her research interests have focused on human/animal relationships. Her numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals reflect her varied research repertoire.

She has designed and taught a number of university courses in Human-Animal Studies (HAS). In 2004, her course “Beyond puppy love: The social interaction of humans and animals” won the ASI/Humane Society of the United States Distinguished Course Award for the top HAS course in North America. She has also created and delivered a number of courses related to equine psychology. She has been collaborating as researcher and trainer at the ASI since 2004, and has taught the TAA course both in person and online.

Dr. Christina Risley-Curtiss is an associate professor of Social Work at Arizona State University as well as co-director of the Child Welfare Training Project and an affiliate with the ASU Women and Gender Studies Program. She has more than 20 years of practice and management experience in a combination of public health and child welfare. She has authored/co-authored many publications and presented numerous scholarly papers and workshops to various state and national groups. Her primary areas of research are in the areas of the animal-human bond and child welfare.

Dr. Kenneth Shapiro is co-founder of the ASI and president of its board of directors, as well as the founding editor of Society & Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies and the co-founding co-editor of the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. Dr. Shapiro and his colleagues developed the AniCare model for assessing and treating animal cruelty, and he does training in this model nationally.
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