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Safer Together: Cross-Reporting for Humane and Human Services
A free virtual workshop – Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, 10am – 4pm (5.5 CEs for OH social workers, counselors, and therapists)

Why This Workshop?
The Animal Welfare Institute and the National Link Coalition, with the support of the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW Ohio) and the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, will host this virtual workshop to explore this critical issue and opportunities to establish and enhance cross-training and cross-reporting processes at the local level. This workshop will explore “the dark side” of the human-animal bond and its implications for human and humane services, family welfare agencies, prosecutors, law enforcement, and human and veterinary medicine. It will describe new strategies, public policy, research, and programs to prevent family violence and to respond to its human and animal victims.
Topics to be addressed include: animal hoarding, animal sexual abuse, animal fighting, applicable statutes and statistics, case studies, and animal abuse’s specific links with child maltreatment, domestic violence, elder abuse, and community violence. There will be a law enforcement case study recognizing the link between animal and human violence, and utilizing threat assessments for better case resolution and officer safety. Recommendations for professionals and advocates and an extensive list of resources will be presented. NASW Ohio will be providing 5.5 CEs for OH social workers, counselors, and therapists.

Sep 21, 2021 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Phil Arkow
Coordinator @National Link Coalition
Internationally acclaimed lecturer, author, and educator Phil Arkow is coordinator of the National Link Coalition – the National Resource Center on The Link between Animal Abuse and Human Violence, and editor of its monthly LINK-Letter. He chairs the Latham Foundation’s Animal Abuse and Family Violence Prevention Project. He teaches Animal Abuse and Human Violence courses at the University of Florida and Animal-Assisted Therapy courses at Harcum College and Camden County College. He has presented over 250 times in 17 countries and 38 states and authored over 75 key reference works in human-animal interactions and violence prevention. Phil cofounded the National Link Coalition, the National Animal Control Association (now the National Animal Care and Control Association), and the Colorado and New Jersey federations of animal welfare agencies. He has served with the American Veterinary Medical Association, ASPCA, American Humane Association, the Delta Society, the Animals & Society
Dr. Jessica Bibbo
@Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, Cleveland
Jessica Bibbo, Ph.D. is a Research Scientist at the Center for Research and Education, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. Through January 2022, she will be conducting research on Uncovering Pet Ownership Benefits, Challenges, and Resources in an Aging Society: Promoting Healthy Aging in Healthcare and Community Environments through a grant provided by the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) Foundation.
Dr. Barbara Boat
Associate Professor @University of Cincinnati
Barbara Walling Boat, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist, an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Director of the Childhood Trust at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. In addition to providing evaluation and treatment for children, adolescents and adults, supervising trainees, and presenting at conferences, she studies relationships among cruelty to animals, child abuse and domestic violence, including dog bites. Her special clinical interests are treatment of post-traumatic stress, the recognition, treatment and prevention of the health effects of violence and abuse across the lifespan and the training and utilization of evidenced-based interventions for trauma-exposed children and their families. She recognizes that collaboration among all community providers of services is essential to promote the well-being of children.
Stacey Burge
@Interfaith Hospitality Network, Cincinnati
Stacey Burge, LISW-S, is President and CEO of Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati (IHNGC) – the community response to family homelessness. In 2014, IHNGC established the Pet Support program to extend care to four-legged family members, allowing children and parents who become homeless to keep their dog, cat and/or small companion animals with them during their shelter stay rather than surrendering them to animal shelters or leaving them behind.
Todd Curtis
Detective Sergeant @Perrysburg Township Police
Multi-certified law enforcement professional of 28 years in law enforcement operations, investigations, management, instruction, training and implementation of target enforcement strategies and tactics. I have extensive training in investigation, supervision, narcotics, tactical operations, police canine utilization and patrol operations. I am an experienced law enforcement trainer and domestic violence trainer, presenting over 1000 hours of training to in-service law enforcement professionals, academy cadets, college students, firefighter / medics, prosecutors, judges and advocates. I have received advanced training, certification and education in specialized fields of investigation, domestic violence, strangulation assaults, crime scene, marine patrol, advanced patrol operations, stress management, critical incident and fitness for public safety. I am a court certified expert in domestic violence and strangulation.
Dr. Janet Hoy-Gerlach
@University of Toledo
Janet Hoy-Gerlach, LISW-S, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Social Work Program in the College of Health and Human Services at the University of Toledo. She has extensive experience as a social work practitioner in the public mental health services system and is an avid advocate for the inclusion of human-animal interaction considerations within social work practice. She co-authored Human-Animal Interactions – A Social Work Guide.
Jordan Vincent
@My Sister’s Place, Athens
Jordan Vincent. LISW, is a social worker at My Sister’s Place, a domestic violence agency serving Athens, Hocking and Vinton Counties. My Sister’s Place provides shelter for both families and their pets through My Sister’s Paw. Pets are often the target of family violence or can become part of an abuser's controlling behavior. Many victims of relationship abuse have had the lives of their pets threatened or have seen harm done to an animal at home.
Andrew Warner
@Humane Society of Greater Dayton
Andrew Warner is a humane officer with the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. The mission of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton and the Cruelty & Neglect Investigations Department is to ensure all animals are valued and free from suffering. The mission is accomplished through education, assistance and enforcement.
Vicki Deisner
Government Affairs @Animal Welfare Institute
Vicki represents Animal Welfare Institute’s Government Affairs in the state of Ohio and is currently working to pass legislation requiring cross-reporting of anima/human violence as well as planning regional workshops on the issue around the state. Vicki has been instrumental in passing and monitoring enforcement of critical animal welfare legislation in Ohio on critical issues such as puppy mills, exotic species ban, livestock care standards, pet protective orders, bestiality, felony cruelty, felony cockfighting, and animals left in hot cars. She has also worked throughout the Midwest in to pass equine hold legislation in Kentucky, spay-neuter legislation in Indiana, anti-tethering laws in Illinois, pet protective orders in Indiana and Michigan, and putting in place the toughest animal fighting laws in the nation in Michigan.