By Cynthia K. Chandler
This e-book delineates Animal Assisted remedy (AAT) counseling thoughts. Supported via case examples, the publication explains how one can pick out, educate and review an animal for remedy paintings. The ebook examines moral issues and possibility administration, presents a historical past of AAT, and discusses the newest empirical study within the box. the writer additionally contains instructions for developing a university-based application for AAT education. pattern varieties for use in screening consumers and recording consultation facts are incorporated in addition to a sequence of separate illustrations (line drawings of animals) to facilitate many of the prompt AAT thoughts. This publication is designed to be used in education classes for AAT in counseling and comparable courses (such as social paintings, psychology, and rehabilitation counseling). thus far, there's no booklet devoted to educating recommendations particular to AAT. This publication will fill that want.
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It must feel comfortable with greeting unfamiliar people. It does not need to know any basic obedience commands. But it must be willing to sit quietly in a lap while being petted even by someone it meets for the first time. There are some advantages and disadvantages to working with a cat in a counseling setting (Burch, 1996, 2003). Many people prefer cats to other therapy animals because of their personalities. Cats are smaller and less threatening, so most people are not afraid of cats. Cats are active and playful, therefore entertaining to play with and watch.
Client transportation to the facility where the therapy horse is located may be a problem. For safety of the rider, work with a therapy horse usually requires a counseling team as opposed to just the one handler; other team members may serve as side-walkers or may be needed to lead the horse while the rider is in the saddle. Special equipment is required in working with a therapy horse. Horses require a great deal of time and expensive care. The potential injur y from working with a therapy horse could be more severe than an injur y incurred from working with a cat or dog (Burch 1996, 2003).
It was thought that the nondirective interactions with the therapy dog in the AAT only group uplifted the mood of the group members, whereas the directive psychotherapy with AAT focused clients on painful issues and thus mediated the results of this combined therapy approach. It is important to note that 6 of the 9 participants in the AAT and psychotherapy combined group did show reductions in BDI scores. But the statistics applied to the study compared the statistical significance of pre- and post-test scores and failed to investigate the possibility of clinical significance or effect size.
Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling by Cynthia K. Chandler