TEACH (Touch Every Animal with Compassionate Hands)
TEACH is a program designed to address the established link between animal abuse and other types of violent criminal behavior. Our goal is to educate the public about the connection and to provide training and materials for mental health professionals who work with animal abusers and the human and animal victims of their behavior. We also want to actively involve the media in promoting a dramatic, consistent and relentless campaign against animal abuse. Display ads, radio PSA's, and billboards can increase public awareness about animal abuse and its inevitable progression to more criminal behavior.
The Animals and Society Institute, an independent education and research organization advancing the status of animals in public policy, offers a six-hour certification for mental health professionals who address this complex issue. SDAA has pledged to sponsor two of these trainings initially, each one providing expert instruction to a group of 25-30 counselors, therapists and social workers. They become better equipped with skills and information needed to treat animal abusers and provide an avenue for change and rehabilitation. The training also enables them to assist the domestic victims of animal abuse in the home, especially children who witness the abuse. It is our hope that ongoing donations will make it possible for us to sponsor the trainings on a continuing basis.
SDAA relies on your tax-deductible contributions to continue our work.
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