Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy

4th Edition

Foundations and Guidelines for Animal-Assisted Interventions

Editors: Aubrey Fine
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128012925
eBook ISBN: 9780128014363
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 3rd June 2015
Page Count: 457
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In the 15 years since the first edition of Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy published, the field has changed considerably.  The fourth edition of the Handbook highlights advances in the field, with 11 new chapters and over 40% new material.  In reading this book, therapists will discover the benefits of incorporating animal-assisted therapy (AAT) into their practices, best practices in animal-assisted intervention, 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, the elderly, those receiving palliative care, as well as people with chronic disorders, AIDS, trauma, and autistic spectrum disorders.  Additional chapters cover techniques for working with families, in juvenile and criminal justice systems, and in colleges and universities.

Key Features

  • Summarizes efficacy research on AAT
  • Identifies how to design and implement animal assisted interventions
  • Provides methods, standards, and guidelines for AAT
  • Discusses AAT for children, the elderly, and special populations
  • Describes AAT use in different settings
  • Includes 11 new chapters and 40% new material


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Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • <li>Foreword</li> <li>Preface</li> <li>About the Editor</li> <li>Acknowledgments</li> <li>Part I. The Conceptualization of Animal&#x2013;Human Bond: The Foundation for Understanding Animal Assisted Interventions<ul><li>Chapter 1. Understanding Our Kinship with Animals: Input for Health Care Professionals Interested in the Human&#x2013;Animal Bond<ul><li>1.1. Introduction</li><li>1.2. Introduction to the Human&#x2013;Animal Bond</li><li>1.3. Defining the Human&#x2013;Animal Bond</li><li>1.4. Pets and People: Case Studies Reveal the Importance</li><li>1.5. Theories Explaining the Bond</li><li>1.6. The Biological Benefits of the Bond</li><li>1.7. Final Remarks</li></ul></li><li>Chapter 2. Animal-Assisted Interventions in Historical Perspective<ul><li>2.1. Introduction</li><li>2.2. Animal Souls and Spiritual Healing</li><li>2.3. Animal Powers and Shamanism</li><li>2.4. Animism in Classical and Medieval Times</li><li>2.5. Animals as Agents of Socialization</li><li>2.6. Animals and Psychotherapy</li><li>2.7. Animals, Relaxation, and Social Support</li><li>2.8. Conclusions</li></ul></li><li>Chapter 3. Forward Thinking: The Evolving Field of Human&#x2013;Animal Interactions<ul><li>3.1. To See Where We Are Headed, We Must See Where We Have Been</li><li>3.2. Progression of Animal-Assisted Interventions</li><li>3.3. Developing Common Terminology</li><li>3.4. Redefining Our Relationship with Animals and the Living World</li><li>3.5. What Do Animals Have to Do with Human Health?</li><li>3.6. Research Directions</li><li>3.7. Professionalizing the AAI<span class="smallcaps">S</i> Field</li><li>3.8. Into the Future</li></ul></li><li>Chapter 4. Influence of Cultural and Religious Factors on Attitudes toward Animals<ul><li>4.1. Introduction</li><li>4.2. Cultural and Religious Factors</li><li>4.3. A Culturally Responsive Framework for AAI</li><li>4.4. Conclusion</li></ul></li><li>Chapter 5. Animal Therapy on the Community Level: T


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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