Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy: Theoretical Foundations and Guidelines for Practice

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-08-01
  • Publisher: Academic Pr

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This is the third edition of the Handbook of Animal Assisted Therapy, covering research and applications of animal assisted therapy. The third edition has eliminated four chapters, added five new chapters, and is heavily revised in chapters carrying over from the second edition. Overall, the third edition is 63% new material, including added coverage on use of animal therapy in counseling settings, with at risk youth, what therapists need to know about animal behavior, and helping clients deal with the loss of a pet.

- Includes coverage of the use of cats, dogs, birds, and horses

- Discusses the "why" to use animals in therapy as well as the "how"

- Covers the use of animal-assisted therapy with different special populations and to treat different disorders

Special Features:

- Summarizes efficacy research on AAT

- Identifies how to design and implement animal assisted interventions

- Provides methods, standards, and guidelines for AAT

- Discusses AAT for children, families, the elderly, and special populations

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. xi
Forewordp. xv
Prefacep. xix
Dedicationp. xxiii
The Conceptualization of the Animal/Human Bond: The Foundation for Understanding Animal-Assisted Therapy
Understanding our kinship with animals: input for health care professionals interested in the human/animal bondp. 3
Animal-assisted interventions in historical perspectivep. 17
Animal-assisted interventions in mental health: definitions and theoretical foundationsp. 33
Newer and older perspectives on the therapeutic effects of animals and naturep. 49
Positive effects of animals for psychosocially vulnerable people: a turning point for deliveryp. 59
The animal/human bond: health and wellnessp. 85
Animal-Assisted Therapy: Conceptual Model and Guideliness for Quality Assurance
Animal selection procedures in animal-assisted interaction programsp. 111
Designing and implementing animal-assisted therapy programs in health and mental health organizationsp. 135
Understanding the other end of the leash: what therapists need to understand about their co-therapistsp. 149
Best Practices in Animal-Assisted Therapy: Guidelines for Use of AAT with Special Populations
Incorporating animal-assisted therapy into psychotherapy: guidelines and suggestions for therapistsp. 169
Application of animal-assisted interventions in counseling settings: an overview of alternativesp. 193
Animals in the lives of childrenp. 223
The use of therapy animals with individuals with autism spectrum disordersp. 247
Understanding the role of animals in the family: insights and strategies for cliniciansp. 265
Human/animal interaction and successful agingp. 283
Increasing the effectiveness of palliative care through integrative modalities: conceptualizing the roles of animal companions and animal-assisted interventionsp. 301
Human/animal support services: the evolution of the San Francisco model and pet-associated zoonoses educationp. 329
Animal abuse and developmental psychopathology: recent research, programmatic and therapeutic issues and challenges for the futurep. 357
Animal-assisted activity as a social experiencep. 401
Assistance animals: their evolving role in psychiatric service applicationsp. 421
Special Topics and Concerns in Animal-Assisted Therapy
Loss of a therapy animal: assessment and healingp. 441
Animal-assisted interventions and humane education: opportunities for a more targeted focusp. 457
Welfare consideration in therapy and assistance animalsp. 481
The role of the veterinary family practitioner in AAT and AAA programsp. 505
Methodological standards and strategies for establishing the evidence base of animal-assisted therapiesp. 519
The future of research, education and clinical practice in the animal/human bond and animal-assisted therapyp. 547
The role of ethology in the field of human/animal relations and animal-assisted therapyp. 547
Human/animal interactions (HAIs) and health: the evidence and issues-past, present, and futurep. 554
The role of AAT in clinical practice: the importance of demonstrating empirically oriented psychotherapiesp. 563
Indexp. 579
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The Handbook on Animal Assisted Therapy provides an excellent overview of the issues surrounding the professionals, the clients/participants, and the dogs. This textbook provides excellent resources for articles by professionals in a variety of disciplines that is critical to understand if we are to maintain professional standards. It is a must have for entry level and seasoned professionals, alike.
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