Animal-Assisted Interventions for Health and Human Service Professionals

Carlie J. Driscoll, PhD (Editor)
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Series: Health and Human Development
BISAC: MED003000



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Animal-Assisted Interventions are goal-oriented and structured interactions that incorporate the human-animal bond. By including animals in health and human services, unique and significant therapeutic gains can be achieved. However, Animal-Assisted Interventions involve so much more than simply having a dog or horse present during therapy. For the sake of both the animals and humans involved, the health professional must be cognizant of a profusion of information in order to deliver ethical and effective services. Animal-Assisted Interventions for Health & Human Service Professionals provides physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language therapists, audiologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, and other health and rehabilitation specialists with the core knowledge required to effectively introduce dogs and horses into their practice. Wide-ranging and up-to-date content is provided by expert clinicians and researchers in the field of Animal-Assisted Interventions to produce the only comprehensive text to address topics relevant to all health professionals. Explicit direction is also provided separately for dog-human and horse-human therapy teams. Finally, discipline-specific attention is given to the latest in research and development, application, and best practice of including animals in healthcare and human services. This book is essential reading for any health and human service provider who is currently working with animals or who is considering expanding their practice to include the help of animal co-workers.
(Imprint: Nova Medicine and Health)



Part I: For Professionals Engaged in All Animal-Assisted Interventions

Chapter 1. The Human-Animal Bond and One Health, One Welfare
(Brinda Jegatheesan and Elizabeth Ormerod, PhD, Educational Psychology, Learning Sciences and Human Development, University of Washington, WA, US, and others)

Chapter 2. Therap/Eutic Animal Connections: Reassembling Our Conceptions of Animals and Human Health Creation
(Janette Young, PhD, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia)

Chapter 3. Ethical Dimensions of Animal-Assisted Interventions
(Simon Coghlan, PhD, Faculty of Health, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia)

Part II: For Professionals Engaged in Canine-Assisted Interventions

Chapter 4. On the History, Physiology and Behavior of Dogs
(Drew Webster, Institute for Human-Animal Connection, University of Denver, Denver, CO, US)

Chapter 5. Selection and Training of Dogs for Animal-Assisted Interventions
(Evangelos Diamantakos, Department of Animal Sciences, University Centre Reaseheath, Nantwich, England)

Chapter 6. Welfare of Dogs and Humans in Animal-Assisted Interventions
(Rebekah Scotney, PhD, and Liam Clay, School of Veterinary Science, University of Queensland, Gatton, Queensland, Australia)

Part III: For Professionals Engaged in Equine-Assisted Interventions

Chapter 7. On the History, Types, Biomechanics and Behavior of Horses
(Tangela Irwin, Texas Tech University Therapeutic Riding and Therapy Center, Lubbock, TX, US)

Chapter 8. Selection and Training of Horses for Animal-Assisted Interventions
(Rachel Hogg, PhD, School of Psychology, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia)

Chapter 9. Welfare of Horses and Humans in Animal-Assisted Interventions
(Katrina Merkies, PhD, Animal BioSciences, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada)

Part IV: Animal-Assisted Interventions in Specific Professions

Chapter 10. Equine-Facilitated Physical Therapy
(Tobba Therkildsen Sudmann, PhD, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Bergen, Norway)

Chapter 11. Animal-Assisted Occupational Therapy
(Jessica Hill, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia)

Chapter 12. Animal-Assisted Interventions in Speech-Language Pathology
(Beth L. Macauley, PhD, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI, US)

Chapter 13. Animal-Assisted Interventions in Audiology: Paws Have Only Scratched the Surface
(Carlie J. Driscoll, PhD, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Chapter 14. Animal-Assisted Interventions for Promotion of Mental Health and Wellbeing in Older Adults
(Amanda Salmon and Nancy A. Pachana, PhD, School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Chapter 15. Psychodynamic Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy: Processing and Healing through Relationships
(Nancy Parish-Plass and Keren Bachi, PhD, Israeli Association of Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy, Israel, and others)

Chapter 16. Humans, Animals and the Environment in Social Work Practice
(Erica Elvove and Courtney Brown, Institute for Human-Animal Connection, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver, Denver, CO, US)

Chapter 17. Nursing Use of Animal-Assisted Interventions
(Julie Miller, Therapet Animal-Assisted Therapy, Tyler, TX, US)

Addendum: Minimum Standards for the Conduct of Animal-Assisted Interventions
(Carlie Driscoll, Simon Coghlan, Judy Cawdell-Smith, Evangelos Diamantakos, Jessica Hill and Tangela Irwin, Animal-Assisted Interventions Research Unit,University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)



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