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This group is for academically-trained mental health professionals who integrate animals into their practice of psychotherapy. The goal of creating this group is to encourage a healthy and vibrant dialogue among animal-assisted professionals who have training in psychotherapy. The idea is to ground the dialogue in both theory and practice, and to exchange ideas and experiences. By the way, students are welcome to join!

In order to join, first register (the right side of the upper toolbar) and create a new account for the HABRI Central site. Then press on "Community" on the upper toolbar, then on "Groups", then look for Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy and request membership.


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    Carol Kay Hanis

    Great to find this Group of like-minded Professionals!

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    Nancy Parish-Plass

    I have set up a number of topics for discussion that I hope will stimulate the dialogue we are all looking for. Once in the AAP group site, on the left toolbar, press on the word Forum. This will open up all the discussions. (I promise – there will be even more. And I will be happy for more suggestions!) So go for it – express yourself!!!!!

    IMPORTANT: To make sure that you receive all the posts for this group, when you press on Forum, scroll down to the bottom and make sure that you check the box for email settings, "Email forum posts."

    I look forward to your participation!



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    Juliann Steinbeigle

    Hello Everyone,

    I live in Illinois and am currently a Counseling Education and Supervision Doctoral student at Capella University. I am a LCPC in Illinois and LMHC in Indiana and have been working in the field of mental health for over 20 years. My passion is learning about the human animal bond and how it can be used effectively in a therapeutic environment. 

    As a side question I am going into my practicum in Jan. 2016. Does anyone know of a place where I could do a practicum in animal assisted psychotherapy with my Therapy dog Martin.

    I look forward to sharing and learning from all.


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    Ritva Huusko

    Wonderful to meet you all here, like Carol says!

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    Juliann Steinbeigle

    Hello All,

    I am working toward the end of developing my research proposal at Capella University Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision.

    My topic of study is the intuitive communication between the therapist and their animal partner,  Needless to say I am struggling with 3 concepts within this thought. and would appreciate any feedback.

    1. Do others think there is an intuitive communication with their therapy animal (canine specific)?

    2. Can this be connected to the non-verbal communication developed through the attachment theory?

    3. How does this affect the therapy process if at all.

    I hope my scattered thoughts make sense.  Any and all comments are appreciated.


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    Juliann Steinbeigle

    Hello All,

    I am currently going into the last phase of my Ph.D in counselor education and supervision from Cappella University and looking for a Practicum site.

    I live in Illinois and am having difficulty finding any animal assisted therapy practitioners or agencies that I could contact for the possibility of doing my practicum at.

    It would be greatly appreciated if there was anyone within this group that could offer this opportunity or could point me in a direction to explore the possibility.

    Thanks, Juliann

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    Katy Schroeder

    Good Morning All,

    My name is Katy Schroeder, and I am a doctoral candidate in counseling at Oregon State University, adjunct instructor at Prescott College, as well as a PATH Intl. therapeutic riding instructor and equine specialists in mental health.  I'm excited to be involved with this group!

    I have a quick question for the group...

    I will be giving a guest lecture on AAT in a counseling theories class, with a focus on equine-assisted interventions and would like to provide students with a couple of scholarly articles to supplement the lecture.  I would love some recommendations for recently published articles, conceptual, research, or otherwise, that capture the field well.  I'm particularly interested to know if there are articles out there clarifying terminology, as this continues to be a source of confusion for those new to the field.  

    I've been deep into my dissertation research, and while I have accumulated a lot of articles, it would be nice to find out if I am missing anything more recent.  In other words, new perspectives would be helpful, I'm going cross-eyed from reviewing all the literature :-)

    Thank you!


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    Kati Loiselle

    I am new to the field and am looking into animal assisted interventions. I am looking for intervention models/plans using dogs for pretty much any population. I am interested in seeing how they are utilized in therapy. I am also looking for information on how to use cats in a therapeutic setting. I appreciate anyone who is willing to share some resources. Thanks! 



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