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  1. Miniature horse training (Equus caballus) for use in equine assisted therapy, according to equine learning theory

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    Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

  2. Effects of animal-assisted therapy on mental health of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder

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    Posters | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    This project explores the potential of using animals (particularly dogs) in animal-assisted therapy( AAT) with veterans who suffer from PTSD and reports on research that shows improvement in symptoms such as regulation of emotions, perceived quality of life, social functioning, sleep patterns,...

  3. Bright Strides Art & Equine Therapy

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    Organizations | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    Bright Strides is an innovative program developed at The Grateful Pony Horse Farm in East Haddam, Connecticut that combines the symbiotic, therapeutic benefits of equine therapy with art and other holistic therapies, as well as evidenced-based psychotherapy, creating an integrative approach to...

  4. The Experience of Social Workers Who Utilize Therapy Dogs in Practice

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    Posters | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    Animal assisted therapy, which incorporates animals into structured therapeutic interventions, and its use within social work has been shown to increase social interactions, communication, and the overall health and safety of clients (Nimer & Lundahl, 2007). However, there is a gap in the...

  5. The Efficacy of Hippotherapy for Physical Rehabilitation: A Systematic Review

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    Purpose: The purpose of this scholarly project is to examine existing literature pertaining to hippotherapy and conditions impacting physical health through completion of a systematic review. According to the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA, 2017), hippotherapy is defined as “how...

  6. Arabian Rescue Therapy

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    Organizations | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    Arabian Rescue Therapy's (ART) Mission is to provide Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), Equine Assisted Learning (EAL), Equine Facilitated Therapy (EFT) and Horsesight™ to clients incorporating Arabian and half-Arabian horses that have also experienced trauma.

  7. The Physical Therapeutic Benefits of Hippotherapy on Children with Physical Disabilities

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    Hippotherapy is a great choice of treatment for children with physical disabilities. It can improve gross motor function, balance, spasticity, posture, and gait, as reviewed in this paper. It can also have benefits for many other areas in the child’s life, physically or mentally. This...

  8. Attitude towards and Interest in Dog-Assisted Interventions of Students in Higher Education

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    Conference Papers | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    The mental health of students is a critical issue facing institutions of higher education, as a majority of college and university students report suffering from stress and anxiety. Studies have shown that interacting with animals can enhance the mental health. Consequently, animal-assisted...

  9. Therapy Dogs in Couple and Family Therapy - A Therapist's Perspective

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    The purpose of this study was to contribute an increased understanding of therapists' experiences working with therapy dogs in couple and family therapy. This qualitative study sought to describe the overall experience of therapists who work with therapy dogs in couple and family therapy,...

  10. Equine Assisted Couples Therapy: An Exploratory Study

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    Equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) is an emerging experiential methodology that has recently gained recognition as a method for addressing a range of presenting problems for a wide variety of client populations. Couples therapy is one area that the practice of equine assisted psychotherapy...

  11. Introduction to Animal Therapy and its Related Tax Benefits

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    How are animals being used to improve the emotional and physical health of individuals? What are the tax implications associated with service and therapy animals? We examine these questions by providing an introduction to the subject of Animal Assisted Therapy, including how therapists and...

  12. BAS Pack of Dogs

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    Organizations | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    BAS Pack of Dogs are the Brighton Area Schools Social Emotional Learning Dogs. Social/Emotional Dogs can assist teachers working with students who feel angry, are being bullied, bully others, or have other behavior problems. They can help students who feel anxious, sad, or upset at school....

  13. Roxy Therapy Dogs

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    Organizations | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    Roxy™ Therapy Dogs is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our programs provide an irreplaceable and dependable support system for children in the Central Bucks County, Pennsylvania community. Our trained and certified therapy dogs deliver self-esteem, relief from anxiety...

  14. Changes of Oxytocin and Serotonin Values in Dialysis Patients after Animal Assisted Activities (AAAs) with a Dog—A Preliminary Study

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    Our study aimed to measure the levels of serotonin and oxytocin in patients affected by end-stage renal disease (ESRD), undergoing dialysis and participating in a program of animal-assisted activities (AAAs) with a dog. Ten patients with comparable levels of ESRD were enrolled. A blood sample...

  15. Turpaterapiaa ja karvaista kaveruutta : ihmisen ja eläimen välinen suhde sekä eläinten koetut vaikutukset hyvinvointiin ja elämäntyytyväisyyteen

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    Vaikka ihmisen ja eläimen välinen suhde on ilmiönä tuhansia vuosia vanha, on sen yhteyksiä ihmisen terveyteen ja hyvinvointiin tutkittu aktiivisesti vasta reilut 30 vuotta. Kertynyt tutkimus on keskittynyt koiriin ja erityisryhmiin. Ihmisen ja eläimen välisen...

  16. Animal-Assisted Therapy and Oncology Hospice Patients

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    Posters | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    Background: If there are more ways to induce comfort during hospice care, all options should be explored, which is why animal-assisted therapy (AAT) could be a viable, non-pharmacological option for oncology hospice patients. Objectives: The aim of this research is to show that the use of AAT...

  17. King's Stables

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    Organizations | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    King’s Stables of King's Home is a fully operational farm with an equine therapy program offering hope and healing through bonding with horses. The goal of equine therapy is to help King’s Home residents and other participants develop needed skills and character traits, such as...

  18. Hope and Healing at Hillenglade

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    Organizations | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    Hope and Healing at Hillenglade is an Equine-Assisted Program that offers time away in the Country for our Active Armed Forces, Veterans, First Responders and their Families to enjoy the Therapeutic Wonder of Horses. 

  19. Hootie's Horse Haven

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    Organizations | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    Hooties Horse Haven is a ranch dedicated to helping people fulfill their dreams and reach their goals.

  20. Country Heart Farm

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    Organizations | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    Country Heart Farm's mission is to facilitate growth, learning, wellness, and healing for children and adults of all ages, abilities and backgrounds by providing therapeutic equine assisted psychotherapy and integrative educational programs.