UO Psychology Graduate Seminar Winter 2007

Trauma & the Human-Animal Bond

Syllabus Version: 2 March 2007

Winter 2007 Psychology 607 Seminar
Title: Sem Trauma & Human-Animal Bond
CRN: 24451
Instructors: Jennifer Freyd & Pamela Birrell
Grading option: Optional
Credits: 1-4
Time: T 12:00-13:50 in 143 Straub Hall

Application Form: Instructors Consent is Required for graduate students not enrolled in Psychology graduate program (for both students who wish to register and those who wish to audit). Applications will be considered as long as there is space available.

Course Home Page http://dynamic.uoregon.edu/~jjf/courses/psy607-win07/

Course Materials for Registered Students Located at http://blackboard.uoregon.edu/

Clinical Elective: This seminar can be used as a clinical elective for grad students in UO Clinical Psychology program.

Overview: We will consider the emerging empirical research and theoretical literature on the relationship between human trauma and the human-animal bond. Empirical research indicates that the maltreatment of humans by humans and the maltreatment of animals by humans are correlated within individuals and larger social systems. Research also indicates that animals may play a significant role in the prevention of and recovery from human trauma. We will look at the ways human trauma and the human-animal bond relate to (and ask why? and what mechanisms underlie?) the perpetration, prevention, and treatment of trauma.

Required book for the course:

Frank R. Ascione and Phil Arkow (Eds). (1999) Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, and Animal Abuse: Linking the Circles of Compassion for Prevention and Intervention. Purdue University Press.

(This book will be available for purchase in the text book section of the UO bookstore, and will be on reserve at Knight Library.)

Additional readings:

See weekly reading assignments.

Course Work: Students will be expected to attend all class meetings, do all assigned readings, and to participate actively in seminar discussion. In addition each participant will lead a class discussion and, in advance of the class meeting, create a set of discussion questions by the Friday at noon before the Tuesday class. The student will send the questions to the instructor and then the questions will be distributed to the class via email by the instructor prior to the discussion. After the class, the student(s) leading discussion will create a document including the discussion questions, any other presentation material, and capturing important discussion points from class. This revised document must be submitted to the instructor for posting on the course web site by the Wednesday at noon following class. The revised version of the handout must be in either powerpoint, word, or rich text format.


Topics & Readings by Week

(Ascione & Arkow (Eds) 1999 = readings from required book)

January 9: Introduction and Organization

Discussion Leaders: Jennifer Freyd & Pam Birrell

January 16: The Human-Animal Bond, Animal Cruetly, and Societal Violence

Discussion Leaders: Melissa Foynes & Annmarie Cholankeril


January 23: The Evolution of Animal Welfare as a Human Welfare Concern

Guest Speaker: Shanta R. Dube, PhD, MPH (Dube is an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is the Project Director for the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study).

Discussion Leader: Bridget Klest


January 30: Child Abuse and Abuse of Animal: Links and Assessment

Discussion Leader: Shin Shin Tang


February 6: Domestic Violence, Family Violence, and Animal Abuse

Discussion Leader: Yvette Pederson & Melissa Pistono


February 13: Animal Abuse & Reporting Policies

Discussion Leaders: Jennifer Biglan & Robyn Grimes


February 20: Legislative and Legal History and Context

Clinical Brown Bag Speaker: Nnamdi Pole, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan

Discussion Leader: Courtney Jellar


February 27: The Use of Animals in Prevention of Human Abuse

Guest Speaker: Debra Durham, Ph.D., Co-founder International Association for Animal Trauma and Recovery will present on "The primate perspective: early life trauma and adult pathology"

Discussion Leader: Deb Merskin


March 6: The Use of Animals in Intervention of Human Abuse

Guest Speaker: G.A. Bradshaw, Director, The Kerulos Centre for Animal Psychology and Trauma Recovery

Discussion Leader: Laura Kaehler


March 13: Summing Up

Discussion Leaders: Pam Birrell & Jennifer Freyd



Course Readings

Primary Text

Additional Readings


Also see

Jennifer Freyd <jjf@dynamic.uoregon.edu>