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Adam Clark, MSW ’14, works at the Argus Institute at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Argus is a specialized service that supports humans, veterinarians and pets, and Clark is one of its three clinical counselors, working with his two favorite populations – humans and animals.
Clark’s passion stems from his background in equine-assisted psychotherapy, which he studied while earning his undergraduate, prior to coming to GSSW for his MSW and the Animal-Assisted Social Work Certificate. “The program gave me a great foundation and allowed me to find out who I am as a social worker,” says Clark.
Clark works one-on-one with clients going through the grieving process after the loss of a pet and supports animal owners faced with making tough decisions regarding their pets’ healthcare. The Argus Institute also has a national pet loss and bereavement clinic telephone line, enabling Clark to provide short-term support and resources for clients throughout the United States who are in crisis with their animals or grieving the loss of their companions.
Clark provides emotional support, grief counseling, quality of life discussion and other services for the owners of pets that include hamsters, rats, cats, horses, dogs and everything in between. Although advocating for both clients and their pets can be challenging, Clark finds the overall experience extremely rewarding.
Clark values the pure bond between humans and animals. Because of this, he continues to educate his community about the grief process that many people experience after losing their companion animals. By working with veterinarians, clients and animals, Clark hopes to reduce the stigma around grief resulting from the loss of a pet. For now, Clark says, “I am happy where I am and making a difference everyday.”
With a bright future ahead of him, this emerging field will be grateful to have Clark on its side.
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(written by Stephanie Cichocki, MSW student)