ANZASW Webinar – Animals in Disaster: Considerations for Social Workers in Aotearoa

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Date(s) - 02/12/2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


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Steve Glassey, prior to commencing his PhD with Otago University, Steve was the Chief Executive Officer of Wellington SPCA. He established the first technical animal rescue team in Aotearoa. His skills and experience in co-ordinating a disaster response are sought-after internationally. Steve is based in Wellington, New Zealand.

Carole Adamson is currently a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Auckland. She’s particularly interested in how social work practice adapts to current realities and intersectionalities. She has a practice, teaching and research focus on stress, trauma, resilience and mental health. With her first language being Labrador, the subject of animal-inclusive social work is dear to her heart, seeing animal rights in close relationship to human rights, and arguing that a focus on animals in relationship with humans in situations of crisis and trauma can assist both human and animal wellbeing.

Abstract:This will be a free ranging discussion between Carole and Steve, covering management of animals and their owners in disasters, and the roles that social workers have to play in these situations.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding the human-animal bond
  • Aspects of animal and owner vulnerabilities in disasters
  • The evolution of animal disaster management in modern times
  • Tools to protect animals in disaster and improve community resilience
  • Legal aspects of emergency protective custody and protection of disability assistance dogs.


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