Deborah Dobson @ on
Finding info on AAT in addiction treatment
Hello, I am new to this site and would welcome any and all input, suggestions and feedback. I am attempting to get information about using AAT in addiction treatment. I have 2 specific questions: 1) What does that “look” like? In other words, how can AAT be successfully incorporated into addiction treatment on a daily basis? 2) How can I emphasize the need for “formal” AAT in addiction treatment? That is, someone who not only has a Handler/Therapy Dog designation from an accredited, nationally recognized organization, but also has experience and knowledge about counseling and addiction? The latter question comes as a result of learning that many rehabs offer what they call AAT, but it is often volunteers who visit the treatment center on a regular basis, rather than an integrated therapy using an animal that has goals and specific desired outcomes. Thanks again – I look forward to hearing from you.