APNM Coordinates Free Training for
NM Therapists and Law Enforcement Officers

Dates Scheduled in August and September

A recent government grant provided through the NM Department of Public Safety (DPS) enabled about 60 therapists, social workers, and counselors from the central and northern regions of New Mexico to attend six days of workshops on The AniCare Approach to Treatment and Counseling for Animal Abuse Offenders. AniCare emphasizes the client’s need to acknowledge accountability and develop a stronger sense of respect and empathy toward others. This approach has been successful in breaking the cycle of violence that usually begins with cruelty toward animals and can escalate to more violence toward animals as well as people. 

In April-May, APNM coordinated Albuquerque and Santa Fe workshops facilitated by Ken Shapiro, Ph.D., Director of the Animals & Society Institute (ASI), and other Certified AniCare Trainers, to increase the number of trained AniCare therapists in the state. New Mexico’s Animal Cruelty statute allows judges to order AniCare therapy for those who are convicted of animal cruelty. APNM continues to work with ASI to notify New Mexico courts and others about this training and the list of trained therapists available for court referrals.

One more round of AniCare Workshops will run Sept. 9-11, 2011 in Las Cruces. For information or to register, see our website at www.nmanicare.com. These workshops are available to all mental health professionals who provide counseling to children, adolescents, and/or adults who are at-risk, have been referred for evaluation, or have been convicted of animal cruelty. Six (6) CEUs per day are approved by the licensing boards for therapists, social workers, occupational therapists and psychologists.

Seven Locations Statewide for Law Enforcement Training

Also sponsored by DPS, a one-day training on Animal Cruelty Investigations for law enforcement officers and animal control officers is being coordinated by APNM throughout the state. This training will provide a comprehensive overview on Investigating Animal Cruelty and Neglect in New Mexico. Eric Sakach, Senior Law Enforcement Specialist for The Humane Society of The Unites States, will provide the training this August in Albuquerque, Aztec, Raton, Santa Fe, Deming, Las Cruces, and Roswell. All law enforcement officers are encouraged to attend this free training and can receive up to eight (8) Advanced Training Credits. Any attorneys who prosecute animal cruelty cases at the state, local, or county level are also welcome to attend.

Law enforcement officers often witness first-hand the link between animal cruelty and other forms of violence and criminality in our communities. Typically, a dog-fighting or animal hoarding raid turns up illegal drugs and weapons and often reveals children and families in abusive and dangerous situations. See www.NMInvestigatesCruelty.com for additional information and online registration.

Please pass along this information to anyone who might be interested in attending.

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