Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy

Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy

Theoretical Foundations and Guidelines for Practice

2nd Edition - August 14, 2006

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  • Editor: Aubrey Fine
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080463834

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The original edition was the first book to provide a comprehensive overview of the ways in which animals can assist therapists with treatment of specific populations, and/or in specific settings. The second edition continues in this vein, with 7 new chapters plus substantial revisions of continuing chapters as the research in this field has grown. New coverage includes: Animals as social supports, Use of AAT with Special Needs students, the role of animals in the family- insights for clinicians, and measuring the animal-person bond.

Key Features

  • Contributions from veterinarians, animal trainers, psychologists, and social workers
  • Includes guidelines and best practices for using animals as therapeutic companions
  • Addresses specific types of patients and environmental situations


Practicing Clinicians

Table of Contents

  • Dedication
    Foreword Dr. Bernard Rollin


    SECTION I The Conceptualization of the Animal-Human Bond: The Foundation for Understanding Animal-Assisted Therapy

    1. Animal Assisted Interventions in Historical Perspective
    James A. Serpell

    2. Animal-Assisted Interventions in Mental Health: Definitions and Theoretical Foundations
    Katherine H. Kruger and James A. Serpell

    3. New and Old Perspectives on the Therapeutic Effects of Animals and Nature
    Aaron H. Katcher and Alan M. Beck

    4. Animals as Social Supports: Insights for Understanding AAT
    June McNicholas and Glyn Collis

    5. Community Context and Psychosocial Benefits of Animal Companionship
    Lynnette A. Hart

    6. The Animal-Human Bond: Health and Wellness
    Erika Friedmann and Chia-Chun Tsai

    SECTION II Animal-Assisted Therapy: Conceptual Model and Guidelines for Quality Assurance

    7. The Art of Animal Selection for Animal Assisted Activity and Therapy Programs
    Maureen Frederickson-MacNamara and Kris Butler

    8. Designing and Implementing Animal-Assisted Therapy Programs in Health and Mental Health Organizations
    Gerald P. Mallon, Samuel B. Ross, Jr., Steve Klee, and Lisa Ross

    SECTION III Best Practices in Animal-Assisted Therapy: Guidelines for Use of AAT with Special Populations

    9. Incorporating Animal Assisted Therapy into Psychotherapy: Guidelines and Suggestions for Therapists
    Aubrey H. Fine

    10. Animals in the Lives of Children
    Gail F. Melson and Aubrey H. Fine

    11. A 4-Year Trial of Animal-Assisted Education and Therapy with Public School Special Education Students
    Aaron Katcher and Susan Teumer

    12. Clinical Approaches to Assessing and Utilizing Animal–Related Experiences in Therapeutic Interventions With Children, Adolescents and Their Caregivers
    Barbara W. Boat

    13. Animal-Assisted Therapy/Activity in Specialized Settings
    Ben P. Granger and Lori R. Kogan

    14. Human-Animal Interaction and Successful Aging
    Mara M. Baun, Rebecca Jonson, and Barbara McCabe

    15. History, Development and Theory of Human-Animal Support Services for People with AIDS/HIV and Other Disabling/Chronic Conditions
    Kenneth Gorczyca, Aubrey H. Fine, C. Victor Spain, Dana Callaghan, Laura Nelson, Lori Popejoy, Belinda Wong, and Stephanie Wong

    16. Animal Abuse and Developmental Psychopathology: Recent Research, Programmatic, and Therapeutic Issues and Challenges for the Future
    Frank R. Ascione, Suzanne Barnard Susan Brooks and Julie Sell-Smith

    SECTION IV Special Topics and Concerns in Animal-Assisted Therapy

    17. Measuring the Bond: Instruments to Assess the Impact of Animal-Assisted Therapy
    David C. Anderson

    18. Techniques for Searching the Animal-Assisted Therapy Literature
    Mary W. Wood

    19. ""Old Wine in a New Bottle"": New Strategies for Humane Education
    Phil Arkow

    20. Welfare Considerations in Therapy and Assistance Animals
    James A. Serpell, Raymond Coppinger, and Aubrey H. Fine

    21. The Role of the Veterinary Family Practitioner in Animal-Assisted Therapy and Animal-Assisted Activity Programs
    Richard Timmins and Aubrey H. Fine

    22. The Future of Research, Education and Clinical Practice in the Animal-Human Bond and Animal-Assisted Therapy

    PART A The Role of Ethology in the Field of Human-Animal Relations and Animal-Assisted Therapy
    Dennis C. Turner

    PART B Human Animal Interactions and Health: Best Evidence and Where We Go From Here?
    Cindy C. Wilson

    PART C The Role of Animal-Assisted Therapy in Clinical Practice: The Importance of Demonstrating Empirically Oriented Psychotherapies
    Aubrey H. Fine.and Jeffrey S. Mio


Product details

  • No. of pages: 552
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2006
  • Published: August 14, 2006
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080463834

About the Editor

Aubrey Fine

Aubrey Fine
Dr. Fine received his graduate degree from University of Cincinnati in 1982 and has been on the faculty at California State Polytechnic University since 1981. His leadership among faculty and teaching excellence earned him the prestigious Wang Award in 2001, given to a distinguished professor within the California State University system (23 Universities), in this instance for exceptional commitment, dedication, and exemplary contributions within the areas of education and applied sciences. Dr. Fine is also a licensed psychologist who opened his practice in Southern California in 1987. His practice specializes in treating children with ADHD, learning disabilities, developmental disorders and parent child relations.

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Cal State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, USA

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