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

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.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


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

Chapter 2 Therapeutic Animal Connections: Reassembling Our Conceptions of Animals and Human Health Creation
Janette Young

Chapter 3 Ethical Dimensions of Animal-Assisted Interventions
Simon Coghlan

Part II For Professionals Engaged in Canine-Assisted Interventions
Chapter 4 On the History, Physiology and Behavior of Dogs
Drew Webster

Chapter 5 Selection and Training of Dogs for Animal-Assisted Interventions
Evangelos Diamantakos

Chapter 6 Welfare of Dogs and Humans in Animal-Assisted Interventions
Rebekah Scotney and Liam Clay

Part III For Professionals Engaged in Equine-Assisted Interventions
Chapter 7 On the History, Types, Biomechanics and Behavior of Horses
Tangela Irwin

Chapter 8 Selection and Training of Horses for Animal-Assisted Interventions
Rachel Hogg

Chapter 9 Welfare of Horses and Humans in Animal-Assisted Interventions
Katrina Merkies

Part IV Animal-Assisted Interventions in Specific Professions
Chapter 10 Equine-Facilitated Physical Therapy
Tobba Therkildsen Sudmann

Chapter 11 Animal-Assisted Occupational Therapy
Jessica Hill

Chapter 12
Animal-Assisted Interventions in Speech-Language Pathology
Beth L. Macauley

Chapter 13 Animal-Assisted Interventions in Audiology:
Paws Have Only Scratched the Surface
Carlie J. Driscoll

Chapter 14 Animal-Assisted Interventions for Promotion of Mental Health
and Wellbeing in Older Adults
Amanda Salmon and Nancy A. Pachana

Chapter 15 Psychodynamic Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy:
Processing and Healing through Relationships
Nancy Parish-Plass and Keren Bachi

Chapter 16
Humans, Animals and the Environment in Social Work Practice
Erica Elvove and Courtney Brown

Chapter 17 Nursing Use of Animal-Assisted Interventions
Julie Miller

Addendum Minimum Standards for the Conduct of
Animal-Assisted Interventions

Carlie Driscoll, Simon Coghlan, Judy Cawdell-Smith,
Evangelos Diamantakos, Jessica Hill and Tangela Irwin
(on behalf of the University of Queensland Animal-Assisted Interventions Research Unit)


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