ERIC Number: ED459404
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
Animal-Assisted Therapy in Counseling and School Settings. ERIC/CASS Digest.
The integration of animal-assisted therapy into clinical psychology is a growing phenomenon. These "co-therapists" may be of assistance to counselors when working with withdrawn and non-communicative counselees. The presence of an animal has been found to lower anxiety and motivate the counselee's participation in therapy. Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is not considered a style of therapy, but helps build trust between the counselee and counselor. Some common mental health treatment goals associated with AAT are to improve socialization and communication; reduce isolation, boredom, and loneliness; help with affect; lessen depression; and provide affection. School settings are appropriate for integrating AAT and such programs may have a role in helping curb school violence. (JDM)
Descriptors: Counseling Techniques, Counseling Theories, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Response, Interpersonal Communication, Pets, School Counseling, Secondary School Students, Therapy, Trust (Psychology)
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student Services, Greensboro, NC.