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Katherine Compitus


Dr. Katherine Compitus, D.S.W., is a bilingual licensed clinical social worker in New York. Her research focuses primarily on clinical social work, trauma therapy, and the human-animal bond. She is also the founder and chairman of Surrey Hills Sanctuary, a nonprofit organization providing veterinary social work services, including trauma-informed animal-assisted therapy for abuse survivors. Katherine has a DSW and an MSW from NYU and also an MSEd (Education) and an MA (Animal Behavior and Conservation) from Hunter College. She received her Doctorate in Social Welfare (Clinical Social Work) from New York University.

Katherine is especially interested in crisis intervention as it relates to the human-animal bond; she is a certified family trauma therapist, has trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, DBT and Hypnotherapy and also has received training in ERP through NOCD. Recently she has published articles on the clinician’s experience of conducting animal-assisted therapy and the welfare of therapy animals. She designed and currently teaches the first human-animal bond course at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. Katherine was a teacher prior to becoming a social worker and has almost 20 years of experience working with children and families. Katherine is currently an adjunct lecturer at New York University, Fordham University, and Columbia University.

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