Human-animal interventions

The Distinctiveness of Animal Assisted Play Therapy™

Posted by on May 28, 2021

This article explores the unique features that comprise Animal Assisted Play Therapy™ as it was created and developed by Dr. Risë VanFleet (USA) and Tracie Faa-Thompson (UK). There are distinct differences with many other forms of Animal Assisted Intervention, and some of these distinctions are described here.

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Getting Started in Animal Assisted Play Therapy™

Posted by on Feb 12, 2021

Read this to explore the field of Animal Assisted Play Therapy™ and learn how to get into this exciting field!

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AAPT Certification Board: Information on the Process

Posted by on Jul 11, 2020

The credentials linked to Animal-Assisted Interventions are numerous and confusing. This blog discusses the differences between certificate programs and certification programs. The AAPT Certification Program is briefly described, and the development of the AAPT International Certification Board is highlighted.

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Animals and Face Masks : Creating Safety, Fun, and Familiarity

Posted by on Jun 22, 2020

As we reopen our businesses, dog trainers, behaviorists, and human therapists are likely to be wearing masks and engaging in social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19. How do animals respond to mask-wearing humans? How can we make our use of masks comfortable for them? This post focuses on ways to ensure that masks do not become impediments to the work we do that involves animals.

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Resuming In-Person Animal Assisted Play Therapy® During the Pandemic

Posted by on May 26, 2020

As people involved in Animal Assisted Play Therapy® and Animal Assisted Interventions plan to reopen their clinics or practices for in-person sessions, many risk factors must be considered. Risk management plans must be updated to take the pandemic into account. This article provides some excellent resources and some factors to think about when planning for a safe resumption of in-person sessions.

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Teletherapy Sessions with Animals: Initial Considerations

Posted by on May 14, 2020

Reports by therapists suggest that their own therapy animals or family companion animals are being involved in their teletherapy sessions. This process is not as straightforward as one might think. This blogpost outlines some key considerations for therapists prior to involving any animals in their sessions.

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