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ERIC Number: EJ1301291
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2021
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1554-2998
Pathways for Implementing a School Therapy Dog Program: Steps for Success and Best Practice Considerations
VonLintel, Jennifer; Bruneau, Laura
Journal of School Counseling, v19 n14 2021
Animal-assisted interventions intentionally incorporate the power of the human-animal bond into the therapeutic process. Research findings indicate that therapy dog programs can reduce student stress and build connections within the school, strengthening student response to school-based interventions and providing a foundation to achieve a diverse range of goals. Two main pathways for school counselors in implementing therapy dog programs are described, including (a) utilizing community-based volunteer teams and (b) creating a comprehensive therapy dog program. Strategies for incorporating best practices in animal-assisted interventions, including counselor competence and animal welfare, are offered.
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Language: English
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