By Cynthia K. Chandler
This booklet delineates Animal Assisted treatment (AAT) counseling recommendations. Supported via case examples, the e-book explains the right way to opt for, teach and overview an animal for treatment paintings. The booklet examines moral issues and threat administration, presents a historical past of AAT, and discusses the newest empirical study within the box. the writer additionally comprises guidance for constructing a university-based application for AAT education. pattern varieties for use in screening consumers and recording consultation info are integrated in addition to a sequence of separate illustrations (line drawings of animals) to facilitate a number of the urged AAT options. This booklet is designed to be used in education classes for AAT in counseling and comparable courses (such as social paintings, psychology, and rehabilitation counseling). up to now, there's no e-book devoted to instructing innovations particular to AAT. This publication will fill that want.
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Dogs enjoy engaging in activity with humans. Therapy dogs like just about everyone, so a client can feel immediate unconditional acceptance the moment they enter the counseling room. Dogs are a very trainable species. They can learn various obedience commands and fun tricks useful in therapy work. Except for the very small breeds, dogs don’t get sick easily and are fairly sturdy, and this minimizes the risk of injury to them. Dogs can make and maintain good eye contact with people, and they are fun and playful.
A pet that stays at home most of the time is not going to be comfortable meeting people when away from home. The pet should be exposed to a variety of different types of clothing and accessories that people may wear or accompany, for instance, hats, backpacks, briefcases, purses, crutches, canes, walkers, wheelchairs, and so forth. The pet should become comfortable with being transported, such as riding in the car. Start by going short distances at first and then gradually extend the time and distance of the trip until the pet is very comfortable with travel.
Farm therapy animals do not require training. A major disadvantage to choosing to work with farm animals in a counseling setting is that working therapy farms are hard to find. Transportation of a client to a working therapy farm can be problematic. Or, if you own a farm animal as a pet it may be difficult to transport that farm animal to the counseling setting. Most farm animals are large, and injuries incurred from interaction with a therapy farm animal can be more severe compared to smaller therapy animals like dogs or cats.