Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI)

AAT and AAI involves the use of trained animals in facilitating patient’s progress towards therapeutic goals.  Early uses of assistance dogs focused on utilitarian tasks, aiding those with visual, hearing, or ambulatory disabilities; now their provision of psychologically therapeutic benefits, contact comfort, or as a social lubricant is also highly valued. Many therapeutic intentions have been identified and valued in the use of animals in therapy;

  • Building a rapport in the therapeutic relationship
  • Facilitating insight
  • Enhancing client’s social skills
  • Enhancing self-confidence
  • Enhancing relationship skills
  • Modelling specific behaviours
  • Encouraging sharing of feelings
  • Behavioural reward
  • Enhancing trust within therapeutic environment
  • Facilitating feelings of safety in the therapeutic environment

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