The Practice of Animal Assisted Psychotherapy: An Innovative Modality for Facilitating Mental Wellness is about how specially trained therapy dogs assist a human therapist to work with clients’ mental health issues. The book’s main purpose is to provide the clinical applications for animal-assisted psychotherapy (AAP). The book can be used by novices or seasoned therapists to help them understand the power of AAP and how it can be used in clinical ways to facilitate mental wellness, improve a client’s insight, and to aid in bringing to light clinical issues.
Additionally, the book describes the potential risks, benefits, ethical and legal concerns related to the provision of AAP. The book provides readers with an understanding of what kind of dog would be suitable, how to train a dog to become a therapy dog, the many therapeutic roles the therapy dog provides, and how AAP can be utilized with different theoretical orientations that mental health professionals use in their work.