By Cynthia K. Chandler
This ebook delineates Animal Assisted remedy (AAT) counseling ideas. Supported through case examples, the e-book explains tips on how to decide upon, teach and review an animal for treatment paintings. The booklet examines moral concerns and hazard administration, presents a heritage of AAT, and discusses the newest empirical learn within the box. the writer additionally comprises directions for constructing a university-based application for AAT education. pattern varieties for use in screening consumers and recording consultation facts are incorporated in addition to a chain of separate illustrations (line drawings of animals) to facilitate the various instructed AAT concepts. This ebook is designed to be used in education classes for AAT in counseling and comparable courses (such as social paintings, psychology, and rehabilitation counseling). up to now, there isn't any ebook devoted to educating suggestions particular to AAT. This booklet will fill that want.
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Pigs can learn obedience commands and do fun pet tricks and be taught to use a litter box or a doggy door. Any farm animal is appropriate for therapy as long as it is healthy and not aggressive. There are some advantages as well as disadvantages to working with farm animals for counseling work (Burch, 1996, 2003). One major advantage is that most people do not have much opportunity to interact with farm animals so they hold one’s attention. Farm animals can give a client a sense of competence when working on a farm.
This study provides strong evidence for the social benefits of AAT. An analysis of variance repeated measures comparison between AAT and no-AAT with elderly residents at a long-term care facility revealed that AAT participants were more likely to initiate and participate in longer conversations (Bernstein, Friedman, & Malaspina, 2000). The researchers reported that the most dramatic differences between the two groups was that the touching of the animals added significantly to resident engagement in and initiation of touching social behavior.
The research described in this chapter is not meant to be all-inclusive but rather to review important AAT-C-related literature from recent years. For a more comprehensive and historical examination of AAT research, I refer you to Fine (2000a) and to Hooker et al. (2002). Psychophysiological Health Psychophysiological health can be enhanced by positive human–animal interactions. Odendaal (2000) measured significant changes in blood plasma levels of various neurochemicals after subjects engaged in a positive interaction with an unfamiliar dog.