The Identification, Assessment, and Treatment of Adults Who Abuse Animals

The AniCare Approach

  • Kenneth Shapiro
  • Antonia J.Z. Henderson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Kenneth Shapiro, Antonia J. Z. Henderson
    Pages 1-11
  3. Kenneth Shapiro, Antonia J. Z. Henderson
    Pages 13-31
  4. Kenneth Shapiro, Antonia J. Z. Henderson
    Pages 33-71
  5. Kenneth Shapiro, Antonia J. Z. Henderson
    Pages 73-107
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 109-115

About this book


This book provides step-by-step guidance on how to identify, assess and treat adults who have abused animals. The theoretical framework employed is broad, encompassing cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, attachment, and trauma-based theories. Organized by stages of therapy, the text discusses how to frame the therapy, establish a working relationship, deal with resistance, establishing accountability, clarifying values related to animals, and teaching self-management skills such as empathy, attachment, accommodation, reciprocity and nurturance. Additional materials are included or referenced, including an appendix of cases that illustrate the variety of client presentations and electronic supplementary material demonstrates role-played interviews and a workshop presentation.


accountability animal abuse animal hoarding animal welfare attachment theory cognitive behaviorism cycle of violence empathy human-animal relationships psychiatric disorders self-management

Authors and affiliations

  • Kenneth Shapiro
    • 1
  • Antonia J.Z. Henderson
    • 2
  1. 1.Animals and Society InstituteWashington GroveUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyLangara CollegeVancouverCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-27360-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-27362-4
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