Social Work Practice and Human-Animal Interaction Survey: A Canadian Prairie Provinces Study
Department of Sociology, School of Public Health, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan; Faculty of Social Work University of Regina

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Funded by a U of S One Health Development Grant Program & Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse

There is little understanding about social workers’ experiences and theoretical knowledge on the inclusion of animals in their practices. An integrative approach that spans animal, human and social concerns is needed to address this area. This study examines social workers’ experiences, knowledge, views and practices with human-animal interactions in the prairie provinces of Canada (MB, SK, AB). Initial results were presented at the International One Welfare Conference.

 

Building Connections: Humans, Animals and their Service Providers
Faculty of Medicine University of Toronto; Department of Sociology, School of Public Health University of Saskatchewan, Faculty of Social Work University of Regina

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Funded by a U of S One Health Development Grant Program

Human service providers rarely ask their clients about the presence of companion animals in their family. Yet, the emerging research  tells us that it can reveal clinically relevant information, improve communication and strengthen the therapeutic alliance. This project examines the utility of service providers asking concise questions, such as ‘are there pets in your family’, and undertaking an exercise with their client from the Pet Positive Toolkit .