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  1. The Benefits of Animal-Assisted Interventions: Perceptions of Social Workers Working with Veterans

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    | Contributor(s):: Anne Thompson

    Evidence-based practices utilized by social workers working with veterans experiencing physical (e.g., spinal cord injuries and loss of limbs) and/or mental health (e.g., posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, substance use) issues are widely used with this vulnerable population. The number...

  2. HOPE is a 4-Legged Word: How Service Dogs Can Help Veterans Suffering from Combat-Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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    | Contributor(s):: Holly Katherine Robinson

    As the rate of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) continues to increase among our veterans returning from the War on Terror, the need for alternative treatment options is becoming more critical. One such alternative is the use of psychiatric service dogs specially trained to assist those...

  3. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy: A Transformational Path to Emotional Wellness for U.S. Military Veterans

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    | Contributor(s):: Cathy Powalski

    Purpose. The purpose of this qualitative multiple case study was to explore and describe the impact of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) on the reintegration of wounded veterans into civilian life as perceived by wounded U.S. military veterans participating in...

  4. Considerations for Recommending Service Dogs versus Emotional Support Animals for Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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    | Contributor(s):: Macy Porter, Melissa Y. Winkle, Ellen Herlache-Pretzer

    Background: Health care providers must understand factors that may guide the decision-making process for determining whether a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is appropriate for a service dog (SD) versus an emotional support animal (ESA), and assist SD training organizations...

  5. Tracking positive and negative affect in PTSD inpatients during a service dog intervention

    | Contributor(s):: Woodward, Steven H., Jamison, Andrea L., Gala, Sasha, Lawlor, Catherine, Villasenor, Diana, Tamayo, Gisselle, Puckett, Melissa

  6. Dog training as a complementary intervention to support Veteran mental health and well-being: A scoping review

    | Contributor(s):: Van Buiten, Hannah, Flynn, Erin, Morris, Kevin N.

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

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    | Contributor(s):: Alison Thies

    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,...

  8. Rescue 22 Foundation

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    The Rescue 22 Foundation provides the highest quality, task trained service dogs in order to address the mental and physical health of our nation’s combat veterans.

  9. Hope and Healing at Hillenglade

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    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. 

  10. Clear Path for Veterans Canine Program

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    Clear Path for Veterans offers select Canine Programs for both Veterans and community members who wish to participate in training with their canine companions. It is our goal to improve and enhance the quality of life of each of those who have the opportunity to engage in our training programs....

  11. Neural changes following equine‐assisted therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder: A longitudinal multimodal imaging study

    | Contributor(s):: Zhu, Xi, Suarez‐Jimenez, Benjamin, Zilcha‐Mano, Sigal, Lazarov, Amit, Arnon, Shay, Lowell, Ari L., Bergman, Maja, Ryba, Matthew, Hamilton, Allan J., Hamilton, Jane F., Turner, J. Blake, Markowitz, John C., Fisher, Prudence W., Neria, Yuval

  12. The Effect of a PTSD Service Dog on Military Veterans’ Medication Regimens: A Cross-Sectional Pilot Study

    | Contributor(s):: Rodriguez, Kerri E., Anderson, Lindsey M., Ott, Carol A., O'Haire, Marguerite E.

  13. Paws Assisting Veterans (PAVE)

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    Paws Assisting Veterans is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of Veterans suffering from mental and/or physical disabilities through trained service dogs, empowering them and their families to achieve lifelong successes and to pave their way home....

  14. Interdisciplinary Mental Health Approach to Equine Assisted Therapy for Veterans

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    | Contributor(s):: Elizabeth Large, Brier Van Valin

    Purpose: The purpose of this program plan, Veteran Equine Therapy Services: An Interdisciplinary approach (VETS), is to provide an interdisciplinary, theory-driven structure to increase veterans’ occupational performance in the community using equines as a therapeutic medium. Methods: A...

  15. Shelter Dogs for Veterans

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    A 501c(3) nonprofit organization, Shelter Dogs for Veterans provides trained service dogs to combat injured veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. The dogs are rescued from kill shelters.

  16. Takoda Service Dogs

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    The Takoda Service Dogs mission is to breed, raise and professionally train service dogs to be provided at no cost to disabled military veterans and first responders with PTSD and other disabilities; to educate the public on the need for professionally trained service dogs, the laws that apply...

  17. Healing Hoofbeats of CT

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    Healing Hoofbeats of CT seeks to help individuals feel more empowered and secure in their lives through building healthy and mutually beneficial relationships with horses.  It is our belief that through learning how to build and maintain these relationships we begin to heal from past...

  18. Top Dogg K9 Foundation (TDK9)

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    TDK9 is meeting the critical needs of disabled veteran families and local communities. Our mission is to reduce the number of military families that are impacted by suicide due to mental illness each year. TDK9 Foundation stands on the principle that Veterans Deserve Outstanding Generosity and...

  19. HorsePlay Therapy Center

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    HorsePlay Therapy Center is a not-for-profit therapy organization, located in the heart of St. Augustine, FL, that specializes in serving children with special needs and veterans with PTSD and other life-altering injuries. Our facility is based on the leading national medical therapy model...

  20. Attachment Theory and Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy for Vietnam Veterans

    | Contributor(s):: Laura Meyer, Ann Sartori