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Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy

Foundations and Guidelines for Animal-Assisted Interventions

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.

Hardbound, 457 Pages

Published: June 2015

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-801292-5


  • 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


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