The Education of Will: A Window on Comparative Trauma in People and Dogs

Chat with Dr. Patricia McConnell, CAAB                                          


Patricia’s new book, a memoir titled The Education of Will, brings up many issues related to the experience and treatment of trauma in both people and companion animals. We’ll use it as a starting point to discuss:
* Is it reasonable to talk about animals like our dogs or cats as capable of being traumatized? Having PTSD?
* If we accept that both companion animals and people can be traumatized, how would our experiences be similar? How would they be different?
* What can treatments for human victims of trauma teach us about treating trauma in companion animals? What about the other direction—from pets to people?
* What do we know, both from science and anecdotal experience, that can help us evaluate the practice of using other animal to help people recover from trauma?

The Chat is completed, and replays can be found at the bottom of this page.

If you missed it live, get the video replay – an hour and 40 minutes of great information and conversation. Here’s what live attendees had to say –
“[I loved] All of it 🙂 It was informative and entertaining. Lots of great ideas both for working with my own dogs and putting together some potential studies.” Linda G.
“Good information covering a lot of subjects.” Julie S.
“[An] open and honest conversation” Sylvia A.
“Dr. McConnell is just so amazing, her experience, her empathy and compassion!” Monique C.
“You were all wonderful 🙂 “ Wendy K.
“You guys always rock it!” Heidi K.

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