Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy

Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy

Foundations and Guidelines for Animal-Assisted Interventions

5th Edition - June 27, 2019

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  • Editor: Aubrey Fine
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128153956
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128189245

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Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy: Foundations and Guidelines for Animal-Assisted Interventions, Fifth Edition highlights advances in the field, with seven new chapters and revisions to over 75% of the material. This book will help therapists 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.

Key Features

  • Contains seven new chapters in addition to 75% new or revised material
  • Includes guidelines and best practices for using animals as therapeutic companions
  • Addresses specific types of patients and environmental situations
  • Includes AAI working with cats, dogs, birds, and horses
  • Discusses why animals are used in therapy, as well as how


Researchers and practitioners in clinical psych using animal assisted interventions

Table of Contents

  • Section I The Conceptualization of the Animal-Human Bond: The Foundation for Understanding Animal-Assisted Interventions
    1. Understanding Our Kinship with Animals: Input for Health Care Professionals Interested in the Human–Animal Bond
    Aubrey H. Fine, Alan M. Beck
    2. Animal-assisted Interventions in Historical Perspective
    James A. Serpell
    3. Forward Thinking: The Evolving Field of Human-Animal Interactions
    Aubrey Fine, Philip Tedeschi, Kevin N. Morris and Erica Elvove
    4. Influence of Cultural and Religious Factors on Attitudes Toward Animals
    Brinda Jegatheesan
    5. The Social Capital of Companion Animals: Pets as a Catalyst for Social Networks and Support ... and a Barometer of Community Violence
    Phil Arkow
    6. Living with Assistance Dogs and Other Animals: Their Therapeutic Roles and Psychosocial Health Effects
    Mariko Yamamoto and Lynette Hart
    7. The Animal-Human Bond: Health and Wellness
    Erika Friedmann

    SECTION II Animal-Assisted Interventions and Therapy: 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. Getting the Right Dog for the Right Job for Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI): Essential Understanding of Dog Behavior and Ethology for those working within AAI
    Daniel Mills, Jennifer Rogers, Greta Kerulo, Annika Bremhorst, Sophie Hall
    10. The Role of the Equine in Animal-Assisted Interactions
    Donna Latella, and Barbara Abrams
    11. Understanding the Other End of the Leash: What Therapists Need to Understand about Their Cotherapists
    Patricia McConnell, and Aubrey H. Fine
    12. Our Ethical and Moral Responsibility: Ensuring the Welfare of Therapy Animals
    Zenithson Ng, Julie D. Albright, Aubrey H. Fine, Jose M. Peralta
    13. The Veterinarian’s Role in Safe and Effective Animal-Assisted Interventions
    Lisa M. Freeman, and Deborah E. Linder

    SECTION III Best Practices in Animal-Assisted Therapy: Guidelines for Use of AAT with Special Populations
    14. Incorporating Animal-Assisted Interventions into Psychotherapy Guidelines and Suggestions for Therapists
    Aubrey H. Fine
    15. Application of Animal-Assisted Interventions in Professional Mental Health Settings: An Overview of Practice Considerations
    Risë VanFleet, Aubrey H. Fine and Tracie Faa-Thompson
    16. Animals in the Lives of Children
    Gail F. Melson, Aubrey H. Fine
    17. Animals in Educational Settings: Research and Practice
    Nancy R. Gee, and Aubrey H. Fine
    18. The Roles of Animals for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Temple Grandin, Aubrey H. Fine, Marguerite E. O’Haire, Gretchen Carlisle and Robin Gabriels
    19. Animal Assisted Interventions for Children with Disorders of Executive Function: The Influence of Humane Education and Character Development on the P.A.C.K. Model
    Sabrina E.B. Schuck, Aubrey H. Fine, Maryam M. Abdullah, and Kimberly D. Lakes
    20. Human–Animal Interaction in the Aging Boom
    Rebecca A. Johnson, Jessica L. Bibbo, and Lynette Harvey
    21. Animal-Assisted Interventions in Hospitals
    Sandra B. Barker and Randolf T. Barker
    22. Animal-Assisted Activities in Colleges and Universities: An Efficient Model for Reducing Student Stress
    Molly K. Crossman
    23. Understanding the Role of Human-Animal Interaction in the Family Context
    Megan Kiely Mueller, Aubrey H. Fine and Marguerite E. O’Haire
    24. Treating Human Trauma with the Help of Animals: Trauma-informed Intervention for Child Maltreatment and Adult Post-traumatic Stress
    Philip Tedeschi, Molly Anne Jenkins, Nancy Parish-Plass, Meg Daley Olmert, and Rick A. Yount
    25. Animal-Assisted Occupational Therapy: Guidelines for Standards, Theory and Practice
    Melissa Y. Winkle, Karen Ni
    26. Developing Community-Based AAI Programs: Supporting Paws on the Ground
    Ken Gorczyca, Aubrey H. Fine, Michael Kaufman, John L. Lipp, Kaushik Roy
    Part A: San Francisco's Pets Are Wonderful Support: Our Story and What We Learned
    Part B: Editorial: Considerations Toward Organizational Sustainability in Human-Animal Interaction Programs 

    SECTION IV Special Topics in Animal-Assisted Interventions
    27. Research, Practice, Science and Public Policy – How They Fit Together in the Context of AAI
    Steven Feldman, Aubrey H Fine and Lindsey Melfi
    28. Global Best Practices in Applying AAI: Snapshots of Unique Treatments
    Introduction: Aubrey Fine
    Snapshot One: Animal Care at the Center of a Human-Animal Interaction Program: Building Character with a Focus on Animal Welfare
    Miyako Kinoshita
    Snapshot Two: AAI and Eating Disorders
    Patricia Flaherty Fischette
    Snapshot Three: Teacher’s Pet: Dogs and Kids Learning Together: Pairing At-Risk Youth With Hard-to-Adopt Shelter Dogs
    Amy Johnson
    Snapshot Four: Integrating Animals into Neurorehabilitation
    Karin Hediger
    Snapshot Five: A Model of AAI in Pediatric Settings - From MRI Scan to Neuropsychiatry, Passing by PICU, Special Needs Dentistry, and Neurosurgery
    Francesca Mugnai and Klaus Peter Biermann
    Snapshot Six: Bringing Animal-Assisted Intervention into the Mainstream – Case Study from Dog for Good, UK
    Peter Gorbing
    Snapshot Seven: Therapeutic Doga: Yoga and Human-Animal Interactions
    Melissa Y. Winkle and Ashley R. Prokopiak
    Snapshot Eight: Horses Touch More Than Our Skin: An Example of Equine-Assisted Palliative Care
    Rosawitha Zink and Renate Deimel
    Snapshot Nine: The PATH to Success Program
    Patricia Pendry
    29. Methodological Standards and Strategies for Establishing the Evidence Base of Animal-Assisted Interventions
    Alan E. Kazdin
    30. Animal-Assisted Interventions Within an International Perspective: Trends, Research and Practices
    Marie-Jose Enders-Slegers, Karin Hediger, Andrea Beetz, Brinda Jegatheeson, and Dennis Turner
    31. The Research Challenge: Threats to the Validity of Human-Animal Interaction Intervention Studies and Suggestions for Improvement
    Molly K. Crossman & Harold Herzog
    32. 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, Regina Bures, Karyl J. Hurley, Nancy R. Gee

    The IAHAIO Definitions for Animal-Assisted Intervention and Guidelines for Wellness of Animals Involved

Product details

  • No. of pages: 548
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2019
  • Published: June 27, 2019
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128153956
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128189245

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Cal State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, USA

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  • sarahcroft Mon Jan 13 2020

    Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy

    Very happy about having bought this up to date book

  • Ken G. Mon Dec 30 2019

    Handbook of Animal Assisted Therapy


  • MichaelHealy Thu Nov 14 2019

    Handbook of Animal assisted therapies. Fine

    Very comprehensive and well informed authoritative text. Essential reference for workers in the field. A bit weighty unless specialised interest in the area.