Social Work History, Ethics, Values, and Practices

Online Module

This module is the very first step of the Veterinary Human Support Certificate Program. This short module provides a brief introduction to social work history, ethics, values, practices and self-care. The module takes approximately 2hrs to complete. You can pause and resume as needed.


Ragan Schriver, PsyD, MSW 

Director, MSSW Program, Knoxville Campus and
Assistant Professor of Practice

Dr. Susan Cohen is a pioneer in the fields of pet loss and human-animal interaction. She earned her doctorate in social welfare from Columbia University School of Social Work , where she researched the role of pets in urban families. She has taught social work at Columbia University and Long Island University. She also teaches online graduate courses and seminars for veterinarians and animal protection professionals, lectures, and gives media interviews. In addition she is Chairperson of SWAHAB (Social Workers Advancing the Human-Animal Bond), the first such committee of the National Association of Social Workers. In 2011 she received the Louis T. Benezet Award for Career Achievement.

Dr. Michele Gaspar is a 1994 graduate of the School of Veterinary Medicine University of Wisconsin-Madison and a licensed professional counselor. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Feline Practice) and was inducted into Phi Zeta, the veterinary medicine honorary, in 1993. In addition, she received an MA in counseling from Loyola University/Chicago in 2012 and a certificate in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy from the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy in Newton, MA, in 2011. She is currently enrolled in the Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program of the Chicago Institute For Psychoanalysis.

This module is available for purchase year-round. This module is a part of the Veterinary Social Work Certificate. Though it is a part of the certificate, you can purchase and complete this course even if you are not enrolled.

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