Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy

2nd Edition

Theoretical Foundations and Guidelines for Practice

Editors: Aubrey Fine
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123694843
eBook ISBN: 9780080463834
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 14th August 2006
Page Count: 552
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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

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 Psychother


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About the Editor

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Cal State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, USA