Speaking & Presentations

Speaking & Presentations:
Veterinary Social Work & the Human-Animal Bond

I love talking about how our pets impact our lives and the supports available to those who hold pets near and dear to their hearts. As a veterinary social worker and a pet owner, I love sharing with others information about the human-animal bond and how to care for ourselves when caring for animals.

Topics that I often present on include:

  • Pet loss and grief
  • Caregiver stress, compassion fatigue, and self-care
  • Information about Veterinary Social Work
  • Impact of caring for a pet with behavior problems

I provide presentations to:

  • Veterinary, training & behavior, and animal shelter & rescue professionals looking for more resources for their pet owners (and themselves) around dealing with the emotional impact of caring for animals.
  • Mental health professionals looking to increase their awareness and sensitivity to human-animal bond concerns.
  • Pet owners who are wanting more information to understand & validate the experience they are going through with their pet.

Inform & Empower Your Staff or Audience:

A lot of times when we talk or read about the human-animal bond, it’s about all the warm fuzzies and positive ways animals impact our life. And don’t get me wrong, I love talking about that too! But the hard and painful parts often times aren’t named – the stress of increased caregiving responsibilities for an aging or ill pet, decisions and feelings around euthanasia, loving a pet with behavior problems, grieving the loss of a pet. These experiences aren’t out in the open as much, which can leave the people going through them feeling really isolated and alone.

My hope is that by bringing these topics out into the light, it helps provide more information and context for the struggles pet owners go through and also more awareness of the resources and supports available to help them through the times of stress and heartache.

My hope is that after a presentation attendees will:

  • Feel more informed and empowered on how to be sensitive to the emotional aspects of caring for animals.
  • Have an increased understanding of the topic and also applicable tools and resources to take with you.
  • Have knowledge of referral sources and resources to direct pet owners (or yourself!) to for additional support

Schedule a presentation:

Chicago & Online

 I’m available to do presentations in-person onsite at your Chicagoland location or in a webinar format.

 Contact me for more information on rates and scheduling.

Past Presentations & Speaking Events:

Roundtable panelist, “The Emotional Impact of a Pet’s Behavior Problem on the Caregiver – Separation Anxiety”
April 2017

Guest speaker, “Living with DINOS (Dogs in Need of Space)” course
January 2017
(course is available online)

“Coping with the Loss of a Beloved Pet”,
Goshen College Grief Seminar
September 23, 2016

“The emotional impact of living with challenging dogs and how shelters/vets can better support pet owners” &
“How debriefing benefits us and tips for how we can facilitate this for staff”
University of Florida Maddie Shelter Medicine Program
Summer 2016

“Compassion Fatigue: Caring for You While You Care for Animals”
FetchFind Summer Webcast Series
July 2016

“Compassion Fatigue” presentations
Humane Society of Missouri
April 2016

“Social Work & the Human-Animal Bond”
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Social Work Department
April 2016

Managing a Difficult Pet: Q & A
Kriser’s Bucktown Pet Store 
January 2016.

Compassion Fatigue Presentation
Medical District Veterinary Clinic
January 2016

“Evaluating Case Progress” course
Instructor for IAABC Animal Behavior Consulting: Principles & Practices
Fall 2015
(course available online)

“Compassion Fatigue & Stress Management” Workshops
North Center Animal Hospital 
Fall & Winter 2015

Panelist at Creature Comforts Exhibit, “Relating to An-other” 
School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
Fall 2015

“Living with and Loving a Pet with Behavior Problems: Impact on Pet Owners”
Veterinary Social Work and Wellness Summit
November 2015

Compassion Fatigue Webinar
Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians (SVBT) 
October 2015

Compassion Fatigue Presentation
Veterinary Behavior Residents Rounds
August 2015

“Living and Loving a Pet with Behavior Problems: Impact on Pet Owners”
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) Conference
April 2015