PBJ Connections is opening our staff trainings to the community for free. Join us to learn more about using the Human-Animal Bond in practice.
The NASW Ohio Human-Animal Bond working group is kicking off with an in-person networking and free CEU opportunity! Join social workers, counselors, and other professionals interested in learning about incorporating the human-animal bond into their work.
5:00 – 5:30 PM: Networking and farm tour
5:30 – 6:00 PM: Equine-assisted psychotherapy demo
6:00 – 7:00 PM: Using the Human-Animal Bond in Practice with presenter Dr. Janet Hoy-Gerlach (1 CEU for counselors and social workers)
About the Presenter:
Dr. Hoy-Gerlach has extensive experience as a social work practitioner in the public mental health service system, and is an avid advocate for the inclusion of human-animal interaction considerations within social work practice. Her current research is focused on: benefits of the human-animal bond; facilitators of mental health recovery among individuals living with mental illness; and the use of qualitative research to inform intervention research. She is on the board of the Toledo Area Humane Society (TAHS), where she developed and supervises MSW internship placements that facilitate benefits of human-animal interaction. She helped develop the TAHS Hope and Recovery Pet Program (HARP), which places shelter animals as Emotional Support Animals (ESAs); this is one of the only such programs in the United States. Dr. Hoy-Gerlach is the co-author of a
Human–Animal Interactions: A Social Work Guide published by NASW press in 2017