Honouring the Bond: Attending to the Human-Animal Bond in Clinical and Community Interventions

10 Jun Honouring the Bond: Attending to the Human-Animal Bond in Clinical and Community Interventions

Nina Papazian | PRHC

This is a half-day introductory overview course designed to enhance awareness and practical application capacity to acknowledge and attend to psycho-social benefits and challenges associated with the human-animal bond. Topics covered include: assessing for animals, identifying protective factors and risk issues associated with the human-animal bond, the role of the bond in supporting and maintaining human resilience, the role of clinical or community workers in advocacy to support and maintain the bond, as well as preparedness to respond when facing anticipatory grief, and/or grief and bereavement following the loss of a beloved animal companion. We will also learn to identify individuals who may be at greater risk when there is an impending loss, separation, forced surrender of animal companion, death of companion animal (whether anticipated or unexpected), and review support approaches and risk mitigation.



October 15, 2019 | 1:00 – 4:00 PM EST


Peterborough Lions Community Centre | Sisson Room
47 Burnham St.
Peterborough, ON K9H 1T5

Interactive Elements Included:

  • Powerpoint slides and handouts
  • Small and large group discussions and experience sharing
  • Practice session in including non-human animals in ecomaps and genograms
  • Brainstorming session
  • Video clips

Facilitator Biography:

Nina Papazian | PRHC
Nina Papazian MSW, RSW, VSW is a clinical social worker with over 30 years of clinical experience in the Peterborough community. Nina has specialized training in Veterinary Social Work (Post-MSW Veterinary Social Work Certificate-University of Tennessee School of Social Work), and Grief and Bereavement Counselling, including a Pet Loss Counsellor certificate from the Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement. Nina is currently working as a social worker at the Women’s Health Care Centre, PRHC.


Who should attend this training?

QoC training sessions are designed for helping professionals in Peterborough City and County. We define “helping professional” as anyone in a position of interacting with people in providing a service.

Will food be provided?

Coffee, tea, and light snacks are included.

Is there parking?

There is free parking at the Lions Centre, but come early as spaces can fill up fast! Street parking is also available.

Who can I contact with further questions?

Contact the QoC Project Lead at qoc@peterboroughdrugstrategy.com or 705-927-3448.

The cost of this training has been subsidized through a partnership with the Peterborough Drug Strategy and its members. Tickets are sold on a cost-recovery basis. Bursaries are available upon request.