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Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy

Theoretical Foundations and Guidelines for Practice

In the 10 years since the first edition of Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy published, the field has changed considerably. The third edition of the Handbook highlights advances in the field, with 10 new chapters and over 50% new material. In reading this book, therapists will discover the benefits of incorporating animal assisted therapy into their practice, how to design and implement animal assisted interventions, and the efficacy of animal assisted therapy with different disorders and patient populations. Coverage includes the use of AAT with children, families, and the elderly, in counseling and psychotherapy settings, and for treating a variety of specific disorders.


Practicing Clinicians and clinical psychology researchers

Hardbound, 588 Pages

Published: August 2010

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-381453-1


  • Table of ContentsSECTION I - The Conceptualization of the Animal-Human Bond: The Foundation for Understanding Animal-Assisted Therapy
    Chapter 1: Human Animal Interactions: Why Health Care Professionals should be Interested in the Human Animal Bond
    Chapter 2: Animal Companions and Human Well-Being: An Historical Exploration of the Value of Human-Animal Relationships
    Chapter 3: Animal-Assisted Interventions: The What, why, and where of Animal Assisted Interventions: The need for more rigorous research
    Chapter 4: New and Old Perspectives on the Therapeutic Effect, of Animals and Nature
    Chapter 5: Animals as Social Supports: Insights for Understanding AAT
    Chapter 6: Psychological Benefits of Animal Companionship
    Chapter 7: The Animal-Human Bond: Health and WellnessSECTION II - Animal-Assisted Therapy: Conceptual Model and Guidelines for Quality Assurance
    Chapter 8: Methods, Standards and Guidelines in Selecting Animals for Animal Assisted Interventions
    Chapter 9: Designing and Implementing Animal-Assisted Therapy Programs in Health and Mental Health Organizations
    Chapter 10: A Conversation with Patricia McConnell--Understanding the Other Side of the Leash: What therapists need to know about dog and cat behaviorSECTION III - Best Practices in Animal-Assisted Therapy: Guidelines for Use of AAT with Special Populations
    Chapter 11: Animals and Therapists: Incorporating Animals in Outpatient Psychotherapy: Guidelines for Application
    Chapter 12: Application of animal assisted interventions in counseling settings: An overview of alternatives
    Chapter 13: Animals in the Lives of Children
    Chapter 14: Understanding the Role of Animal Assisted Interventions and the Human animal Bond with Persons with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder
    Chapter 15: Understanding the Role of Animals in the Family - Insights and Strategies for Clinicians
    Chapter 16: The Role Animals Play in Enhancing Quality of Life for t


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