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  1. 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,...

  2. 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...

  3. Pet Loss, Complicated Grief, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Hawaii

    Contributor(s):: Adrian, Julie Ann Luiz, Stitt, Alexander

    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...

  4. Horses Healing the Wounded Warrior: A Qualitative Inquiry of Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy in Treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder for Female Veterans

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    | 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...

  5. PTSD and service dogs: Beneath the surface | Shannon Walker | TEDxMtHood

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    | 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...

  6. Service dog training programs for veterans with PTSD: results of a pilot controlled study

    | Contributor(s):: Whitworth, J. D., Scotland-Coogan, D., Wharton, T.

  7. Preliminary efficacy of service dogs as a complementary treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder in military members and veterans

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    | Contributor(s):: O'Haire, M. E., Rodriguez, K. E.

  8. 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

  9. Military Veterans and Their PTSD Service Dogs: Associations Between Training Methods, PTSD Severity, Dog Behavior, and the Human-Animal Bond

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

  10. Animal-Assisted Therapy for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Lessons from "Case Reports" in Media Stories

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    | 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...

  11. Animal Aid- an end to mental health waiting lists | Amy Aylmer | TEDxDrogheda

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    | 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...

  12. McCormick Research Institute

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    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...

  13. "Can Tigers Tame Your Stress?" | Kevin Rose | TEDxWilmington

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    | Contributor(s):: 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...

  14. 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...

  15. Anxiety Symptoms and Sleep Disturbance in Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: The Impact of Receiving and Training a Service Dog

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    | Contributor(s):: Scotland-Coogan, Diane

    The impact of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on our combat veterans and their families is extensive. Symptoms of anxiety and the effects of sleep disturbance have a negative impact on daily functioning (Wright et al., 2011). The presence of a dog has demonstrated a reduction in anxiety...

  16. Dogs 4 Warriors

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    Dogs 4 Warriors, Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing professionally trained service dogs at no cost to  Combat Veterans of all eras suffering from PTSD, TBI, and other combat related injuries. Founded and located just outside Bowerston, Ohio. Dogs 4 Warriors Inc is managed...

  17. The Therapeutic & Recreational Riding Center, Inc. (TRRC)

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    The Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center, Inc. (TRRC) provides therapeutic horseback riding services to children and adults with a wide range of physical, mental and emotional disabilities.

  18. Wild Hearts Horses for Heroes

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    Wild Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Program is a non-profit, charitable 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 2009. Our mission is to transform the lives of our participants, their families, and all who work with us through the healing power of horsemanship. 

  19. New Freedom Farm

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    New Freedom Farm is a non-profit community farm located in Buchanan, Virginia. We exist to aid veterans with PTSD, Substance Abuse, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) by using the therapeutic activity of interacting with our equines, farming, and peer-to-peer support. The end goal is to...

  20. Valor Equine Therapy Service, Inc. (V.E.T.S.)

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    V.E.T.S. is a Montana-based not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing therapeutic services for Military veterans, police, firefighters and first responders suffering from PTSD and/or TBI.  The program is administered by professional equestrian instructors in a quiet, peaceful and...