Member Spotlight in the HAI Member Bulletin
"Christina Moore earned her Master of Science in Social Work and a graduate certificate in Veterinary Social Work from the University of Tennessee. While earning her MSSW, Christina was the graduate assistant for the Veterinary Social Work program, and supported peer relationships, student initiatives and program development. Christina has focused her clinical work in the four areas of Veterinary Social Work: animal assisted interventions (AAI), grief and bereavement, the link between human and animal violence, and compassion fatigue. Her clinical experience includes equine facilitated mental health, trauma informed CBT, AAI as a registered handler with a therapy dog through the Human Animal Bond in Tennessee, crisis intervention, and individual advocacy. Christina has experience working with diverse populations such as veterans, those experiencing chronic homelessness, as well as child and adult victims of crimes.
Christina is currently designing and implementing an animal assisted intervention program at the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, GCCAC. Founded in 2000, the GCCAC was created with the mission to protect and enhance the quality of life for victims of sexual violence and child abuse by providing a trauma sensitive, specialized approach to assess, identify, treat and prevent sexual assault and child abuse through the coordination of community resources. The Animal Assisted Intervention Program supports the GCCAC’s mission by partnering with dogs to achieve advocacy in a variety of programs and settings. The dog/handler teams facilitate interventions that empower participants."