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Literature review and manual: Animal-assisted therapy

By Mary Louise Cole

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In this paper research of animals in therapy is reviewed and then used to inform a manual on the topic. A history of the field, a discussion of terminology, and a summary of therapies utilizing animals prefaces the review. Key research in animal therapy is reviewed, followed by contemplation of animal therapy in counselling, including therapeutic techniques, populations who may benefit from animals in counselling, and a discussion of benefits, challenges and ethical considerations. Welfare of animals in counselling is explored, followed by a synopsis, possible future directions in research and a conclusion. The manual designed for counsellors draws from this review and the writer's experience to provide thoughtful and practical information for the practitionerinterested in Animal Assisted Therapy.


Deborah Maron

Date 2009
Degree Master of Counseling
Language English
Notes Provided courtesy of University of Lethbridge' institutional repository:
University University of Lethbridge
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Adolescents
  2. Animal-assisted therapies
  3. Animals
  4. Cats
  5. Cognition
  6. Farm animals
  7. Gender
  8. Health
  9. Human-animal bond
  10. Individual therapy
  11. Mammals
  12. Mental health and well-being
  13. Nursing homes
  14. open access
  15. parents
  16. play therapy
  17. Problem Solving
  18. social development
  1. open access