A Conversation On The Many Aspects Of The Human-Animal Relationship



As a clinical social worker who has been part of the healthcare system for many years, I’ve recognized the valuable influence animals have on my clients lives. I’ve also benefited from having animals as part of my family since I was young. When clients come to me for therapy after the loss of a pet they often feel shame after being told “it’s only a pet” or they feel guilty because this loss impacts them as much or more than the loss of a human loved one.

When I began my community service project as part of the veterinary and social work program I read everything I could find on the importance of the human-animal relationship. One book that was helpful was called ‘Animal Assisted Therapy And Activities’ by Phil Arkow. It’s an amazing resource guide for the use of animals in animal assisted interventions. This also helped me as a volunteer for the touch therapy program that I was involved in with my golden retriever for many years.

I am honored to have Phil Arkow join me on this episode so he can enlighten us about the work he has done in the field and the many projects that help to educate professionals on the importance on the human animal connection.


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We all know that the ANIMALS are the ones who teach us so much! What would you like to share about animals, your experiences with them or that you’ve learned over the years?

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— Animal Academy Podcast – Why The Animal Academy Podcast Exists

— Phil Arkow’s Email [email protected]

— National Link Coalition www.NationalLinkCoalition.org

— Sleeping Ruff Documentary https://vimeo.com/6621701

— Therapy Animals www.AnimalTherapy.net

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Allison White: Host of The Animal Academy Podcast -- St. Louis, MO USAAllison White: 

Allison is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in the field of mental health for over 27 years. She has been involved in programs that value the human-animal connection including therapy dog work, obedience, agility, conformation, herding and field work. When her dogs encountered sports-related injuries, she was introduced to the field of canine rehabilitation and sport’s medicine. Her passion has been to recognize this human-animal bond and what we can learn from animals, which improves our own quality of life by allowing us to experience their unconditional love, devotion and intelligence.

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Animal Academy Podcast: A Conversation on The Many Aspects of the Human-Animal RelationshipPhil Arkow: 

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 edits the monthly LINK-Letter. He chairs the Latham Foundation’s Animal Abuse and Family Violence Prevention Project. He teaches at the University of Florida, and Harcum College. He has presented over 250 times in 17 countries, 38 states and 9 Canadian provinces, and has authored over 80 key reference works on human-animal interactions and violence prevention.

He co-founded the National Link Coalition, the National Animal Control Association, and the Colorado and New Jersey humane federations. He has served with the AVMA, the ASPCA, American Humane, the Delta Society, the Animals & Society Institute, the National Sheriffs Association, the National Coalition on Violence Against Animals, the National District Attorneys Association, the Academy on Violence & Abuse, and the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from New Jersey Child Assault Prevention.