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Human Animal Bond Work Group
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Human Animal Bond Work Group

When: From 12:00pm until 1:30pm
Where: NASW-Michigan Office
741 N Cedar
Lansing, Michigan  48910
United States

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Do you work in the area of animal-assisted therapy? Veterinary social work? Interested in learning more about the emerging field of social work and animal and human relationships?


The strong bond between animals and humans is at the heart of two increasingly popular specialties in social work education: veterinary social work and animal-assisted social work. The former targets the human needs of veterinary professionals and their clients, addressing the hardships that arise from the love of animals and the toll of caring for them, while the latter marshals the transformative and potentially healing power of animals to aid in the therapeutic process.

The NASW-Michigan Human Animal Bond Work Group meets monthly to discuss the social work profession and how animals impact our clients. The group meets the second Thursday of each month from 12-1:30 pm at the NASW-Michigan office (741 N Cedar, Lansing). Conference call options are always available.

Topics of discussion may include:

  • Grief and pet loss
  • Animal-assisted interactions
  • The link between human and animal violence
  • Social work education/Field placement options
  • Working across disciplines
  • Compassion fatigue management

If you are interested in attending the meeting or being added to the group listserv, please email Director of Member Services Duane Breijak at



The group will be chaired by Claudia J. Combs-Wise, ACSW, LMSW, PLLC who can be reached at

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