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Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy, 4th Edition

by Aubrey H. Fine
Jun 2015Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy, 4th Edition

In the 15 years since the first edition of Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy published, the field has changed considerably. The fourth edition of the Handbook highlights advances in the field, with 11 new chapters and over 40% new material. In reading this book, therapists will discover the benefits of incorporating animal-assisted therapy (AAT) into their practices, best practices in animal-assisted intervention, how to design and implement animal-assisted interventions, and the efficacy of AAT with different disorders and patient populations. Coverage includes the use of AAT with children, the elderly, those receiving palliative care, as well as people with chronic disorders, AIDS, trauma, and autistic spectrum disorders. Additional chapters cover techniques for working with families, in juvenile and criminal justice systems, and in colleges and universities.

  • Contains 50% new material, including substantial updates and seven new chapters
  • Includes guidelines and best practices for using animals as therapeutic companions
  • Addresses specific types of patients and environmental situations
  • Includes AAT working with cats, dogs, birds, and horses
  • Discusses the “why” to use animals in therapy as well as the “how”
  • Covers the use of animal-assisted therapy to treat different disorders

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Part I- The Conceptualization of Animal-Human Bond: The Foundation for Understanding Animal Assisted Interventions

1. Understanding our Kinship with Animals: Input for Health Care Professionals Interested in the Human-Animal Bond
Aubrey H. Fine and Alan M. Beck

2. Animal-Assisted Interventions in Historical Perspective
James A. Serpell

3.Forward Thinking:  The Evolving Field of Human-Animal Interactions
Aubrey H. Fine, Philip Tedeschi and Erica Elvove

4. Influence of Cultural and Religious Factors on Attitudes Towards Animals
Brinda Jegatheesan

5. Animal Therapy on the Community Level: The Impact of Pets on Social Capital
Phil Arkow

6. Recruiting Psychosocial Health Effects of Animals for Families and Communities: Transition to Practice
Lynnette A. Hart and Mariko Yamamoto

7. The Animal-Human Bond: Health and Wellness
Erika Friedmann, Heesook Son and Mudasir Saleem

Part II – Animal-Assisted Interventions: Conceptual Model and Guidelines for Quality Assurance

8. What’s Love Got to Do with It?  Selecting Animals for Animal-Assisted Mental Health Interventions
Maureen MacNamara, Jeannine Moga, and Christopher Pachel

9. Understanding the Other End of the Leash: What Therapists Need to Understand About their Co-Therapists
Patricia McConnell and Aubrey H. Fine

10.  The Role of the Equine in Animal-Assisted Interactions
Donna Latella and Barbara N. Abrams

Part III – Best Practices in Animal-Assisted Interventions: Guidelines for Use of AAI with Special Populations

11. Incorporating Animal-Assisted Interventions in Psychotherapy:  Guidelines and Suggestions for Therapists
Aubrey H. Fine

12. Application of Animal-Assisted Interventions in Professional Settings: An Overview of Alternatives
Risë VanFleet, Aubrey H.Fine, Dana O’Callaghan, Teal Mackintsoh, Julia Gimeno

13. Animals in the Lives of Children
Gail F. Melson and Aubrey H. Fine

14. Animals in Educational Settings: Research and Practice
Nancy R. Gee, Aubrey H. Fine and Sabrina Schuck

15. Enhancing Special Education Environments with Animal-Assisted Interactions at Green Chimneys:  Opportunities and Practical Considerations
Michael E. Kaufman, Andrea Beetz, Miyako Kinoshita and Samuel  Ross Jr.

16. The Roles of Animals for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Temple Grandin, Aubrey H. Fine, Marguerite E.  O’Haire, Gretchen Carlisle, and Christine M. Bowers

17. Understanding the Role of Human-Animal Interaction in the Family Context
Megan K. Mueller, Aubrey H. Fine, and Marguerite E. O’Haire

18. Human/Animal Interaction in the Aging Boom
Rebecca Johnson and Jessica Bibbo

19. Increasing the Effectiveness of Palliative Care Through Integrative Modalities: Conceptualizing the Roles of Animal Companions and Animal Assisted Interventions
Perry Skeath, Molly A. Jenkins, Amy McCullough, Aubrey H. Fine, and Ann Berger

20. Pets Bring Comfort and Health: The Evolution of the PAWS Model in San Francisco and the Safe Pet Guidelines
Kenneth Gorczyca, Aubrey H. Fine

21. The Human-Animal Relationship in Context of the Juvenile and Criminal Justice Systems
Allie Philips

22. Treating Human Trauma With the Help of Animals: Trauma Informed Intervention for Child Maltreatment and Adult Post-Traumatic Stress
Philip Tedeschi, Meredith L. Sisa, Meg Daley Olmert, Nancy Parish-Plass, Rick Yount

23. On Call 24/7 – The Emerging Roles of Service and Support Animals
Philip Tedeschi, Jennifer A. Pearson, Dan Bayly, and Aubrey H. Fine

24. Animal Visitation Programs in Colleges and Universities: An Efficient Model for Reducing Student Stress
Molly K. Crossman & Alan E. Kazdin

Part IV – Special Topics and Concerns in Animal-Assisted Interventions

25.Loss of a Therapy Animal: Assessment and Healing
Susan P. Cohen

26.Our Ethical and Moral Responsibility: Ensuring the Welfare of Therapy Animals
Zenithson Ng, Julia Albright, Aubrey H. Fine, and Jose Peralta

27. Methodological Standards and Strategies for Establishing the Evidence Base of Animal-Assisted Therapy
Alan E. Kazdin

28. A Glimpse at the Future of Animal Assisted Interventions: Selected Commentaries

28.1 – The Future Status of the Emerging Field of Anthrozoology
Dennis C. Turner

28.2 – Public Policy and the Human-Animal Bond
Andrew N. Rowan

28.3 – The Research Challenge: Threats to Validity of Animal Assisted Studies and Suggestions for Implementation
Harold Herzog

28.4 – Strengthening the Foundation of Human-Animal Interaction Research: Recent Developments in a Rapidly-Growing Field
Sandra McCune, Katherine A. Kruger, James A. Griffin, Layla Esposito, Lisa S. Freund, Regina Bures, Karyl J. Hurley, Nancy R. Gee

Appendix 1
The IAHAIO Definitions for Animal-Assisted Interventions and Gidelines for Wellness of Animals Involved

Author Information

Author Information

Dr. Fine received his graduate degree from University of Cincinnati in 1982 and has been on the faculty at California State Polytechnic University since 1981. His leadership among faculty and teaching excellence earned him the prestigious Wang Award in 2001, given to a distinguished professor within the California State University system (23 Universities), in this instance for exceptional commitment, dedication, and exemplary contributions within the areas of education and applied sciences. Dr. Fine is also a licensed psychologist who opened his practice in Southern California in 1987. His practice specializes in treating children with ADHD, learning disabilities, developmental disorders and parent child relations. Cal State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, USA
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