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  1. Understanding the Value of Dog Facilitated Psychotherapy, What Theory Emerges?

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    Contributor(s):: Annemarie Una Harmon O'Brien

    Animal Assisted Therapy is a field that is growing substantially with animals purported to be a panacea from everything from autism to prisoner reform. In many countries they are incorporated into psychotherapy process. The researcher wanted to explore if this is a valid form of practice, the...

  2. Equine-Facilitated Counselling and Women With Eating Disorders: Articulating Bodily Experience

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    | Contributor(s):: Hillary Sharpe, Tom Strong

    Disordered eating is on the rise and our current conceptualization and treatment of such problems neglects a corporeal-relational understanding in favour of a more cognitive approach. In this hermeneutic phenomenological study, I explore the experiences of fourteen women with eating disorders...

  3. For Death is But a Passing Phase of Life: Riding The Grief Waves Resulting From The Death of Pet and Human Loss Within a Culturally Fluid World

    | Contributor(s):: Yoshiko Nonaka

    We, as living beings, all cross paths with death of others and of ourselves, as well as the grief that follows. However, people in many cultures and societies are often discouraged from talking about death and dying. Death and grief as a result of it happen in response to not only human loss, but...

  4. Pet facilitated therapy and the therapeutic relationship: participant perspectives

    | Contributor(s):: Laurie Heather Baird

    This qualitative study examines Pet Facilitated Therapy (PFT) from the perspective of the participant/client in an initial counselling session. The use of the human-animal bond to facilitate therapy is a relatively new and growing field. Existing research has focused on quantitative measures,...

  5. Counselor Empathic Responding in the Presence of a Therapy Dog

    | Contributor(s):: Erin Perry

    This study examined the difference between counselor empathic responding with and without a therapy dog in their counseling sessions was examined in a within-subjects design. Counseling consisted of animal-assisted therapy, play therapy, and other psychotherapeutic activities with elementary aged...

  6. Capturing the essence of canine animal-assisted therapy in counseling: A phenomenological inquiry of at-risk youths' experiences of a residential canine animal-assisted therapy program

    | Contributor(s):: Bach-Gorman, Amber Rae

    Phenomenological inquiry was implemented to capture the experiences of nine at-risk youths' unique and shared experiences of a canine animal-assisted therapy in counseling (AAT-C) program at a therapeutic working ranch (TWR) in the mid-western United States. Five females, and four males ranging...

  7. Animal assisted therapy: a look at the benefits of integrating therapy dogs into the treatment of adult women suffering from sexual assault related PTSD

    | Contributor(s):: Megan House

    Based on the statistical evidence listed above, the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (2014) suggests sexual assault is becoming an epidemic in the United States. In regard to the statistical evidence, Bates (2014) believes that sexual trauma is better resolved with the aid of counseling or...

  8. TAMER: Touch-guided Anxiety Management via Engagement with a Robotic Pet- Efficacy Evaluation and the First Steps of the Interaction Design

    | Contributor(s):: Yasaman Sadat Sefidgar

    Anxiety disorders are widespread among children and adolescents, yet the existing treatments are effective for only a small proportion of the affected young population. We propose a novel idea for improving the efficacy of anxiety treatments that relies on affective touch as a therapeutic medium....

  9. Silent supporters : understanding clients' lived experiences of animal-assisted therapy in counselling

    | Contributor(s):: Jessica Owen

    The human-animal bond has long been a topic of interest for both researchers and clinicians. There are many studies that support the benefits of animals with regards to humans’ psychological and physical wellbeing, such as improved mental and physical health in pet owners and the use of...

  10. Effects of therapy canines on therapeutic alliance: A pilot study on client perceptions

    | Contributor(s):: Grueneich, Brea Rachelle

  11. A Case Study of Veterinary Technology Students' Experience of Continuing Human-Animal Bonds

    | Contributor(s):: Gierka, Robert Eugene

  12. The effects of pet presence and counselor blindness on the efficacy of a counseling session

    | Contributor(s):: Joellen Mcadams

    The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of pet presence and counselor blindness on the efficacy of a counseling session;Counselor effectiveness was assessed by using three Counselor Rating Scales, the Confidence for Counseling Outcomes Expectancy Scale, the Continuation of...

  13. Campus Tails: An On-Campus Therapy-Dog Pilot Program and Feasibility Study

    | Contributor(s):: Maureen D. Sanford

    College counseling centers are treating more cases of depression and anxiety than ever. Yet, despite endorsing symptoms, many students are disinclined to engage in counseling. Research shows that interacting with a therapy dog has positive psychological effects, including decreasing symptoms of...

  14. Competencies in animal assisted therapy in counseling: a qualitative investigation of the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of competent animal assisted therapy practitioners

    | Contributor(s):: Leslie Stewart

    Existing authors (Reichert, 1998; Watson 2009) have described the unique positive impact of Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling (AAT-C) on the client’s perception of the therapeutic alliance as well as the professional counselor’s ability to build positive alliances quickly. When...

  15. Exploring equine assisted psychotherapy for adolescents in residential care

    | Contributor(s):: Hurwitz, Jaqueline

  16. The lived experiences of people with physical disabilities who partner with service dogs along with their family members: An interpretive phenomenological analysis of family experiences

    | Contributor(s):: Taylor, Jill Marie

  17. A qualitative investigation into dogs serving on animal assisted crisis response (AACR) teams : advances in crisis counselling.

    | Contributor(s):: Filomena Bua

    Animal Assisted Crisis Response (AACR) is a new field that operates in collaboration with other crisis services to support people affected by a traumatic event. Essentially itconsists of an animal and human handler team specifically trained in animal therapy, animal assisted crisis response and...

  18. Children's perceptions of animate and inanimate interventions in counseling

    | Contributor(s):: McDonald, Kathy

  19. The lived experiences of veterinarians and personal pet loss: A phenomenological study

    | Contributor(s):: Norris, Robin Raniero

  20. Animal-assisted therapy and equine-assisted therapy in Canada: surveying the current state of the field, its practitioners, and its practices

    | Contributor(s):: Schlote, Sarah M.

    Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) and equine-assisted therapy/learning (EAT/L) are innovative techniques in counselling, psychotherapy, mental health, coaching, and other personal growth interventions. Although this field has experienced tremendous growth in the United States, very little is known...