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Healing partners: The integration of a therapy animal in feminist family therapy

By Teresa Rogers

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This qualitative Delphi study explored the impact that a therapy animal may have when integrated into a therapy setting with couples and families. Specifically, this study's goal was to understand how the inclusion of a therapy animal impacts the feminist family therapist's ability to develop a strong therapeutic alliance, empower clients and address power. A thorough review of feminist family therapy literature, animal assisted therapy literature and a synthesis of these two fields have been provided. Nine expert panelists provided insight based on theory and experience to address the research question: How does the inclusion of a therapy animal impact the therapist's focus and application of key feminist family therapy principles, specifically (a) therapeutic alliance; (b) empowerment; (c) power? Results indicated that the inclusion of a therapy animal does enhance the therapist's ability to address these three principles. A discussion of the findings, limitations of the study, implications for therapists and direction for further research are addressed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

ISBN/ISSN 0419-4217978-1321862317
Publisher ProQuest Information & Learning
Notes Accession Number: 2016-17133-281. Other Journal Title: Dissertation Abstracts International. Partial author list: First Author & Affiliation: Rogers, Teresa; The University of Akron, Counselor Education and Supervision-Marriage and Family Therapy, US. Release Date: 20160620. Publication Type: Dissertation Abstract (0400). Format Covered: Electronic. Document Type: Dissertation. Dissertation Number: AAI3710374. ISBN: 978-1321862317. Language: English. Major Descriptor: Animal Assisted Therapy; Interspecies Interaction; Therapeutic Alliance. Classification: Social Processes & Social Issues (2900). Population: Human (10). Methodology: Empirical Study; Quantitative Study.
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  1. Animal-assisted therapies
  2. Animals
  3. Family
  4. Impact
  5. Interspecies interactions
  6. Research
  7. therapeutics
  8. therapy
  9. therapy animals