SCAS member Angela Barker, and her team recently organised this most wonderful conference held in the magnificent Dewsbury Minster in Dewsbury, Kirklees, West Yorkshire. Some of this impressive Minster date from the 12th C
The conference presentations encompassed human-animal interactions, animal welfare, horticulture therapy and nature education. There was much interest from the delegates and, as a result of the conference, it is intended that a special interest group will be established locally.
The first series of presentations were concerned with human-animal interactions and were delivered by SCAS members Elizabeth Ormerod, Angela Barker, Belinda Johnston and Rebecca Leonardi. These were followed by presentations addressing animal welfare, horticulture therapy and forest schools.
Supported by Spirit in Mind (SIM), a charity linked to the NHS, this one-day conference focuses on engagement with the healing energies of animals, plants and the natural world; Developing new pathways in mental health care.
Location: Dewsbury, UK
Date/Time: 1 March, 9.30am – 4pm
Registration: £10, but early booking is advisable as places are limited.
Call for Posters to be presented at the 2022 SCAS Conference, ‘Pet Friendly Housing: How can we keep people and pets together?’ on Sunday18th September 2022 (Online).
Abstracts are now being accepted for posters related to the subject of pet-friendly housing (rental accommodation, nursing homes, temporary shelter). Please submit abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 30 June 2022 and type ‘SCAS2022 Poster’ in the email subject line. All abstracts must be submitted in English, the official language of the conference.
“Pets in the Crossfire of Family Violence,” a one-hour video featuring numerous Link authorities, was aired by Twin Cities Public Television and has been made available to watch free online.
The video, seen below, is compiled from a Link conference at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and discusses the evolving role of pets in society, the links between animal abuse and human violence, child abuse/animal abuse connections, and domestic violence/animal abuse links.
The video is built around a presentation by Phil Arkow, with commentaries by Link authorities Diane
Balkin and Jane Hunt, plus experts from family & children’s services, animal-assisted therapy, marriage and family counseling, human-animal bond, and the veterinary college.