Dr. Nancy Bell & Dr. Kenneth Shapiro, Experts in AniCare

Dr. Kenneth Shapiro–cofounder and executive director of the Animals and Society Institute and director of the Institute’s AniCare program (a psychological assessment and treatment approach for juveniles and adults who abuse animals), and Dr. Nancy Bell, a psychologist, teacher and writer who has trained mental health professionals in the AniCare approach–discuss the Institute’s history and mission. kenstraightThey also provide an overview of AniCare, including how its influence and implementation have widened out over the years–now, 30 states recommend or require counseling for persons convicted of animal cruelty, often opting for AniCare in those cases. Drs. Bell and Shapiro also describe the traits and recurring factors in those who abuse animals, and outline the treatment provided under the AniCare approach, including the exercises that clinicians. (Dr. Bell, along with another colleague, Dr. Gupta, was to provide a daylong training session in AniCare in Tampa, two days after this “Talking Animals” program.) They also addressed the extent to which compassion and empathy can be taught to children and adults who have abused animals and for whom those qualities are lacking. (www.animalsandsociety.org/main/, www.facebook.com/AnimalsandSocietyInstitute)

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Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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