Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy

Foundations and Guidelines for Animal-Assisted Interventions

Edited by

  • Aubrey Fine, Cal State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, USA

Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy: Foundations and Guidelines for Animal-Assisted Interventions, Fourth Edition, continues the excellence of the previous editions, and is updated to address the many changes that have occurred between editions.

The book highlights advances in the field, with seven new chapters and a wealth of new material. Therapists will discover the benefits of incorporating animal-assisted therapy (AAT) into their practices, how to design and implement animal-assisted interventions, and the efficacy of AAT with different disorders and patient populations.

Coverage includes the use of AAT with children, families, and the elderly, AAT in counseling and psychotherapy settings, and its use for treating a variety of specific disorders.

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Book information

  • Published: June 2015
  • Imprint: ACADEMIC PRESS
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-801292-5


Table of Contents

Part One- The Conceptualization of Animal-Human Bond: The Foundation for Understanding Animal Assisted Interventions

1. Understanding our kinship with animals: Impact for health care professionals interested in the human-animal bond
Aubrey H. Fine and Alan Beck

2. Animal-assisted interventions in historical perspective
James A. Serpell

3.Forward Thinking:  The evolving field of human-animal interactions
Aubrey Fine, Phil Tedeschi and Erica Elvove,

4. Influence of cultural and religious factors on attitudes towards animals
Brinda Jegatheesan

5. Animal Therapy on the Community Level: The Impact of Pets on Social Capital
Phil Arkow

6. Recruiting psychosocial health effects of animals for families and communities: transition to practice
Lynnette A. Hart and Mariko Yamamoto

7. The Animal-Human Bond: Health and Wellness
Erika Friedmann, Heesook Son and Mudasir Saleem

Part Two - Animal-Assisted Interventions: Conceptual Model and Guidelines for Quality Assurance

8. What’s Love Got to Do with It?  Selecting Animals for Animal-Assisted Mental Health Interventions
Maureen MacNamara, Jeannine Moga, and Christopher Pachel

9. Understanding the Other Side of the Leash: What therapists need to know about their co-therapists
Patricia McConnell and Aubrey Fine

10.  The role of the equine in animal-assisted interactions
Donna Latella and Barbara Abrams

Part Three - Best Practices in Animal-Assisted Interventions: Guidelines for Use of AAI with Special Populations

11. Incorporating animal assisted interventions in Psychotherapy:  Guidelines and suggestions for therapists
Aubrey H. Fine

12. Application of animal assisted interventions in professional settings: An overview of alternatives
Rise Van Fleet, Aubrey H.Fine, Dana Ocallaghan, Teal MacKintsoh, Julia Gimeno

13. Animals in the lives of children
Gail Melson and Aubrey H. Fine

14. Animals in Educational Settings: Research and Practice
Nancy Gee, Aubrey H. Fine and Sabrina Schuck

15. Enhancing Special Education School Environments with Animal Assisted Interactions at Green Chimneys:  Approaches and practical considerations
Michael Kaufman, Andrea Beetz, Miyako Kinoshita and Samuel  Ross Jr.

16. The roles of animals for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Temple Grandin, Aubrey H. Fine, Marguerite  O’Haire, Gretchen Carlisle, and Christine Bowers

17. Understanding the role of human-animal interaction in the family context
Megan K. Mueller, Aubrey H. Fine, and Marguerite E. O’Haire

18. Human/animal interaction in the aging boon
Rebecca Johnson and Jessica Bibbo

19. Increasing the effectiveness of palliative care through integrative modalities: Conceptualizing the roles of animal companions and animal assisted interventions
Perry Skeath, Aubrey H. Fine, Ann Berger, Molly Jenkins, and Amy McCullough

20. Pets Bring Comfort and Health: The evolution of the PAWS model in San Francisco and the Safe Pet Guidelines
Kenneth Gorczyca, Aubrey H. Fine

21. The human animal relationship in context of the juvenile and criminal justice systems
Allie Philips

22. Treating Human Trauma With the Help of Animals: Trauma Informed Intervention for Child Maltreatment and Adult Post-Traumatic Stress
Philip Tedeschi, Meredith Sisa, Meg Daley Olmert, Nancy Parish-Plass, Rick Yount

23. On call 24/7 - The emerging roles of service and support animals
Philip Tedeschi, Jennifer A. Pearson, Dan Bayly, and Aubrey H. Fine

24. Animal Visitation Programs in Colleges and Universities: An Efficient Model for Reducing Student Stress
Molly K. Crossman & Alan E. Kazdin

Part Four - Special Topics and Concerns in Animal-Assisted Interventions

25.Loss of a therapy animal: assessment and healing
Susan Cohen

26.Our ethical and moral responsibility: Ensuring the welfare of therapy animals
Zenny Ng, Julia Albright, Aubrey Fine, and Jose Peralta

27. Methodological standards and strategies for establishing the evidence base of animal assisted therapy
Alan E. Kazdin

28. A glimpse at the future of animal assisted interventions: Selected commentaries

PART A - The future status of the emerging field of anthrozoology
Dennis C. Turner

PART B - Public Policy and the Human-Animal Bond
Andrew Rowan

Part C - The Research Challenge: Threats to Validity of animal assisted studies and suggestions for implementation
Hal Herzog

PART D - Strengthening the foundation of human-animal interaction research: Recent developments in a rapidly-growing field
Sandra McCune, Katherine A. Kruger, James A. Griffin, Layla Esposito, Lisa S. Freund, Regina Bures, Karyl J. Hurley, Nancy Gee

Appendix 1
IAHAIO White Paper on Terminology