Equine-assisted interventions for veterans with service-related health conditions: a systematic mapping review
Contributor(s):: Kinney, A. R., Eakman, A. M., Lassell, R., Wood, W.
BACKGROUND: Evidence-based treatments for service-related health conditions such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and traumatic brain injury (TBI) are not effective for all veterans. Equine-assisted interventions are emerging as an additional treatment modality, but little is...
Dog Ownership and Training Reduces Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms and Increases Self-Compassion Among Veterans: Results of a Longitudinal Control Study
Contributor(s):: Bergen-Cico, D., Smith, Y., Wolford, K., Gooley, C., Hannon, K., Woodruff, R., Spicer, M., Gump, B.
Objectives: The aims of this study were to measure the potential impact of a therapeutic dog ownership and training program for Veterans with symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Design: The study used a quasi-experimental design with two cohorts of Veterans-a dog owner-trainer intervention and a...
Veterans and Shelter Dogs: Examining the Impact of a Dog-Walking Intervention on Physiological and Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms
Contributor(s):: Krause-Parello, Cheryl A., Friedmann, Erika, Blanchard, Kelly, Payton, Megan, Gee, Nancy R.
When military veterans return from service many are in a state of reintegration from military to civilian life, a transition that can be difficult and stressful. Recent literature supports the use of human–animal interactions to reduce stress. To date there have been few studies that examine the...
There for You: Attending Pet Euthanasia and Whether this Relates to Complicated Grief and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Contributor(s):: Adrian, Julie Ann Luiz, Stitt, Alexander
Recognizing the deep relationship between grief and the loss of a companion animal, veterinarians and mental health practitioners often find themselves consoling pet owners both prior to and in the aftermath of pet euthanasia. Yet how does euthanasia influence this bereavement process? To explore...
Military Veterans and Service Dogs: A Qualitative Inquiry Using Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis
Contributor(s):: Krause-Parello, Cheryl A., Morales, Kristie A.
There are over 18.8 million veterans of the United States of America's Armed Forces. After military service veterans may find it difficult transitioning back to civilian life. Veterans reintegrating may experience physical and psychological challenges related to their military service. For many,...
Animal-assisted Psychotherapy and Trauma: A Meta-analysis
Contributor(s):: Germain, Sarah M., Wilkie, Karlene D., Milbourne, Virginia M. K., Theule, Jennifer
The present meta-analysis examined the efficacy of animal-assisted psychotherapy for individuals who have experienced trauma. Eight studies quantitatively assessed the treatment effects of involvement in animal-assisted psychotherapy. A random effects model was used to aggregate each study into...
Pet Loss, Complicated Grief, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Hawaii
We examined the impact of pet/animal death on Complicated Grief (CG) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in relation to demographic variables amongst a diverse population of racial and ethnic groups in Hawaii. Three hundred and fifty-five participants (142 solicited by mail, 213 volunteer...
Horses Healing the Wounded Warrior: A Qualitative Inquiry of Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy in Treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder for Female Veterans
| Contributor(s):: Rebecca R. Wara-Goss
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a major concern for military veterans in the United States and current research on women’s experiences in the military and the effects of their post-military PTSD are limited. Currently, there are a variety of evidence-based and alternative...
PTSD and service dogs: Beneath the surface | Shannon Walker | TEDxMtHood
| Contributor(s):: Shannon Walker
Fox News radio stations seem to think Shannon Walker is the go-to expert voice representing the power of a service-dog in the life of combat veterans. No wonder. Shannon Walker is the founder and CEO of Northwest Battle Buddies, a non-profit foundation that matches expertly trained service-dogs...
An adjunctive human-animal interaction intervention for veterans with PTSD: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial
| Contributor(s):: Grubaugh, A. L., Myers, U. S., Keller, S. M., Wangelin, B. C., Lozano, B. E., Tuerk, P. W.
Service dog training programs for veterans with PTSD: results of a pilot controlled study
| Contributor(s):: Whitworth, J. D., Scotland-Coogan, D., Wharton, T.
Preliminary evidence is promising, but challenges remain in providing service dogs to veterans: Commentary on preliminary efficacy of service dogs as a complementary treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder in military members and veterans (O’Hair
| Contributor(s):: Stumbo, Scott P., Yarborough, Bobbi Jo H.
Preliminary efficacy of service dogs as a complementary treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder in military members and veterans
| Contributor(s):: O'Haire, M. E., Rodriguez, K. E.
Pilot testing a manualized equine-facilitated cognitive processing therapy (EF-CPT) intervention for PTSD in veterans
| Contributor(s):: Wharton, Tracy, Whitworth, James, Macauley, Emily, Malone, Marguerite
Military Veterans and Their PTSD Service Dogs: Associations Between Training Methods, PTSD Severity, Dog Behavior, and the Human-Animal Bond
| Contributor(s):: LaFollette, M. R., Rodriguez, K. E., Ogata, N., O'Haire, M. E.
Animal-Assisted Therapy for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Lessons from "Case Reports" in Media Stories
| Contributor(s):: Altschuler, E. L.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can follow war trauma, sexual abuse, other traumas, and even be experienced by commanders for the PTSD of their subordinates. Medications and counseling are sometimes not effective, so new treatments are needed. Some years ago, I suggested that...
Animal Aid- an end to mental health waiting lists | Amy Aylmer | TEDxDrogheda
| Contributor(s):: Amy Aylmer
Currently Ireland has the highest child girl suicide rates in the EU. Waiting lists to see a mental health professional for young adults under 18 are incomprehensible. Schools and colleges cannot hire counsellors fast enough. Although there are many reasons, theory's and explanations as to...
McCormick Research Institute
The organization, originally known as Heavenly Hooves, began in 2002 at the home of the Tompkins family. Horse enthusiast Thomasa Sanchez was the center's founder and first instructor, and continues today as a full-time volunteer CEO. From 2002-2005 horses were transported...
"Can Tigers Tame Your Stress?" | Kevin Rose | TEDxWilmington
| Contributor(s):: Marcy Wilhelm-South, Kevin Rose
Kevin’s talk focuses on his efforts to help combat veterans turn down the stress after returning from war. Recalling his own intense anxiety from childhood, he shares his grandmother’s teachings of nature and using the five senses to feel calm. Through this connection to the natural...
Behavioural and physiological responses of therapy horses to mentally traumatized humans
| Contributor(s):: Merkies, Katrina, McKechnie, Marnie J., Zakrajsek, Emily
The benefits to humans of equine-assisted therapy (EAT) have been well-researched, however few studies have analyzed the effects on the horse. Understanding how differing mental states of humans affect the behaviour and response of the horse can assist in providing optimal outcomes for both horse...