Posts Tagged "Animal Assisted Interventions"

Animal Assisted Play Therapy™ Is for All Professions – A blogpost by Cyndie Kieffer

Posted by on Jan 1, 2023

The principles and practices of Animal Assisted Play Therapy™ are applicable to a wide range of professions – mental health, allied health, and education, among others, and for a variety of client populations. It takes a solid understanding of AAPT and one’s own work, and then some creativity to think outside the box sometimes. In this blogpost, Cyndie Kieffer, LCSW, CPP-AAPT, CAAPT-I discusses how she incorporated AAPT into her non-traditional work situations and interviews professionals from other professions about their views.

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Professional Decision Making in Animal Assisted Play Therapy™: How the Goodness-of-Fit Model Impacts Practice

Posted by on Oct 5, 2022

Decision-making in Animal Assisted Play Therapy™ and Animal Assisted Therapy practice is a complex process. Not only must practitioners know how to intervene to meet client goals, they must consider and advocate for the needs of the animals. Other factors play a role in determining what an actual intervention, lesson, or session might look like, also. This blogpost considers four aspects that are forefront in the minds of professionals using AAPT in their work.

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Adapting to Adoption: Appreciating What Our Dogs Must Learn

Posted by on Aug 22, 2022

When dogs are adopted from a shelter, rescue, or other caretaking situation, they have an enormous amount to learn as they adapt to their new environment. We sometimes take that for granted and develop unrealistic expectations of them as a result. As we give them space and time to adjust, we can observe the situation from their viewpoint and alter our own expectations and actions to better help them feel comfortable in their new homes.

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Including Animals in Play Therapy — Not Just for Kids!

Posted by on Jul 18, 2022

Quite often when people hear “play therapy” they think of children. Play therapy uses the therapeutic powers of play (based on the seminal work of Dr. Charles Schaefer) and the natural features of childhood to provide a developmentally-attuned set of interventions and approaches to help children learn and heal. Even so, we know that play is important not only for children, but also for adolescents and adults throughout the lifespan. Humor and playfulness enrich people’s lives while providing a safety valve and coping mechanism for the more intense, serious aspects of life....

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When We Adopt a Dog: The Early Days

Posted by on Mar 28, 2022

Adding a new dog to the family requires considerable thought and planning. It’s a big decision requiring a lifelong commitment. When the dog arrives, the first steps including helping the new family member feel comfortable in the environment, assisting other animals in the family to adjust, and getting to know the new dog as well as possible. This process must precede decisions about any work in which the dog might become involved. This brief article highlights the early process to navigate the early days and weeks.

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