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Human–Animal Interactions

A Social Work Guide

Janet Hoy-Gerlach, PhD, LISW-S, is associate professor of social work at the University of Toledo. She has extensive experience as a social work practitioner in the public mental health services system and is an avid advocate for the inclusion of human–animal interaction considerations within social work practice. Janet is on the board of the Toledo Area Humane Society (TAHS), where she developed and supervises MSW internship placements that facilitate benefits of human–animal interaction. She helped to develop the ProMedica Hope and Recovery Pet program, which places TAHS shelter animals as emotional support animals; this is one of the only such programs in the United States. Janet has provided expert witness testimony for the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Department on Emotional Support Animals and has presented nationally and internationally on the therapeutic roles of animals. She lives in Toledo, Ohio, with her wife, Jen, and their son, Zane, three dogs (Henderson, Mabel, and Dawson), and two cats (Mickey Mantle and Dominique).

Scott Wehman, LICSW, has recently obtained independent licensure to practice social work and is a member of a community-based crisis response team providing emergency mental health assessments for residents of Hennepin County, Minnesota.

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