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  1. Equine-Assisted Therapy for Veterans with PTSD: Manual Development and Preliminary Findings

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    | Contributor(s):: Arnon, S., Fisher, P. W., Pickover, A., Lowell, A., Turner, J. B., Hilburn, A., Jacob-McVey, J., Malajian, B. E., Farber, D. G., Hamilton, J. F., Hamilton, A., Markowitz, J. C., Neria, Y.

    INTRODUCTION: Equine-assisted therapy (EAT) for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has attracted great interest despite lacking empirical support, a manual, and a standardized protocol. Our team of experts in EAT and PTSD developed an eight-session group EAT treatment protocol for PTSD...

  2. An exploratory case study of the impact of psychiatric service dogs on problematic substance use among PTSD-diagnosed veterans

    | Contributor(s):: Husband, A., Ahmed, A., Dell, C. A.

    Background: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and co-occurring problematic substance use is a health concern among Canadian military veterans. There are complex pathways to their problematic use of substances, including high-risk use of licit and illicit substances both pre and post PTSD...

  3. Do Service Dogs for Veterans with PTSD Mount a Cortisol Response in Response to Training?

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    | Contributor(s):: van Houtert, E. A. E., Endenburg, N., Rodenburg, T. B., Vermetten, E.

    Only a few studies have investigated the welfare of animals participating in animal-assisted interventions (AAIs). Most of these studies focus on dogs in therapeutic settings. There are, however, also dogs-service dogs-that are employed to continuously support a single human. Because the...

  4. Experiences of Military Veterans in a Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program

    | Contributor(s):: Johnson, R. A., Albright, D. L., Marzolf, J. R., Bibbo, J. L., Yaglom, H. D., Crowder, S. M., Carlisle, G. M., Grindler, K., Harms, N., Willard, A., Wassman, M., Russell, C. L.

  5. Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies for Veterans With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Current State, Challenges and Future Directions

    | Contributor(s):: Marchand, W. R., Andersen, S. J., Smith, J. E., Hoopes, K. H., Carlson, J. K.

  6. How Service Dogs Enhance Veterans' Occupational Performance in the Home: A Qualitative Perspective

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    | Contributor(s):: Terry K. Crowe, Mylinh T. Nguyen, Brenda G. Tryon, Stephanie Barger, Victoria Sanchez

    Background: This qualitative study explored the lives of veterans diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI) and how the partnerships with their service dogs supported improved occupational performance in their...

  7. Integrating Animal-Assisted Therapy Into TF-CBT for Abused Youth With PTSD: A Randomized Controlled Feasibility Trial

    | Contributor(s):: Allen, Brian, Shenk, Chad E., Dreschel, Nancy E., Wang, Ming, Bucher, Ashley M., Desir, Michelle P., Chen, Michelle J., Grabowski, Simonie R.

  8. Federal, state, and institutional regulations regarding a nursing student with a service animal

    | Contributor(s):: Shilling, S. D., Lucas, L., Silbert-Flagg, J., Nolan, M. T.

  9. Therapeutic horseback riding as a complementary intervention for military service members with PTSD

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    | Contributor(s):: Beth A. Lanning, Amelia L. Wilson, Robert Woelk, A. Alexander Beaujean

    The aim of this study was to examine the efficacy and potential effectiveness of an 8-week therapeutic horseback riding [THR] program for veterans with combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder [PTSD]. Eighty-nine military service members diagnosed with PTSD participated in either the THR...

  10. 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.

  11. An explorative clinical pilot study into the effect of service dogs on chronic posttraumatic stress disorder

    | Contributor(s):: Galsgaard, Astrid, Eskelund, Kasper

  12. Understanding partner perceptions of a service dog training program for veterans with ptsd: Building a bridge to trauma resiliency

    | Contributor(s):: Whitworth, James, O'Brien, Casey, Wharton, Tracy, Scotland-Coogan, Diane

  13. Defining the PTSD Service Dog Intervention: Perceived Importance, Usage, and Symptom Specificity of Psychiatric Service Dogs for Military Veterans

    | Contributor(s):: Rodriguez, K. E., LaFollette, M. R., Hediger, K., Ogata, N., O'Haire, M. E.

  14. Equine Assisted Therapy for Patients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Case Series Study

    | Contributor(s):: Shelef, A., Brafman, D., Rosing, T., Weizman, A., Stryjer, R., Barak, Y.

  15. The role of pets in managing uncertainty from COVID-19

    | Contributor(s):: Nieforth, Leanne O., O'Haire, Marguerite E.

  16. Effect of Pets on Human Behavior and Stress in Disaster

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    | Contributor(s):: Aki Tanaka, Jun Saeki, Shin-ichi Hayama, Philip H. Kass

    Animal-related consequences were not anticipated in disaster preparedness planning in Japan at the time of its massive earthquakes in 2011. Evacuation failure was quite common due to pet ownership in this disaster. Public attention to the welfare of affected animals in this disaster triggered an...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...