Online: Partnering to Help People through Animal Loss
A Primer for Veterinary Teams and Mental Health Professionals
2.5 hours of NC Continuing Veterinary Medical Education Credit and RACE-approved
Endorsed by NASW-NC for 2.5 hours Social Work Continuing Education
Veterinary professionals facilitate the death of patients – and confront the grief of their clients – with great frequency, but sparse training in how to work with death and dying. Mental health professionals are also increasingly asked to counsel clients through animal crises and loss, despite a deficiency of formal education on the human-animal bond.
This online course will close the gap by providing veterinary practitioners and mental health professionals with a shared understanding of how animal loss affects the people we work with — and how we can collaborate to support them. Current research on the human-animal bond and loss will be reviewed, and methods for working with animal death – both in the veterinary clinic and in the counselor’s office – will be presented through case examples. Special attention will be paid to working with people whose animal loss is accompanied by complicated relationships and/or circumstances. Finally, emerging standards and recommendations around pet loss practice will be presented in order that attendees walk away with real-time tools to better meet the needs of their clients and more effectively partner within their communities.
Presenter: Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW
Participants will be able to:
- Understand the stage, phase, and task models of grief as they relate to animal loss;
- Effectively respond to the wide range of human reactions to animal loss and accurately assess situations requiring additional support/intervention;
- Employ resilience-based methods of facilitating client grief, whether in the veterinary clinic, the therapist’s office, or a community service setting; and
- Identify, and effectively partner with, community resources related to the human-animal bond and animal loss.
- “But this feels different…:” The human-animal bond and grief
- The “HAB,” the life course, and family process
- Understanding grief
- Stages, phases, and tasks
- Animal loss and grief: What the research tells us
- Supporting people through the loss of an animal: tips and tactics
- What people need: information, preparation, closure, and ritual
- Anticipatory grief and the end of life
- The dying process
- Client aftercare
- Promoting resilience
- Storytelling: Making it real
- Validation: Making it legitimate
- Meaning: Making it matter
- Special issues and special populations in animal loss
- Service animals
- Working teams
- Behavioral euthanasia
- Chronic mental illness
- Traumatic death
- Resources and final recommendations
- When – and how – to make an effective referral
- Emerging practice standards
- Supporting the clinician: training, supervision and case consultation
Upon completion of the lectures and post-test, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. Please keep this certificate for your records.
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At NC State, we offer a variety of scientific-clinical programs that include both evidence and case based subject matter. This includes the science of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease as it relates directly to patients. Additional topics in veterinary science that are not specifically clinical in nature but consider the comprehensive range of the practice of veterinary medicine are also offered.