Pet Therapy reduces apprehension and is, therefore an important tool in working with children and adolescents. Treatment of animals by children is also indicative of their mental health and healthy development. Cruelty to animals may foretell later abuse to humans providing the link between child and animal abuse. Understanding the role of pets as indicators of individual and family problems enable therapists and other professionals to provide the proper counseling for the situation. This paper presents a describes a group work program cognitive behavioral approach with adolescents in pet therapy as an adjunct to treatment in anger management.
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Hanselman, J.L. Coping Skills Interventions with Adolescents in Anger Management Using Animals in Therapy. Journal of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy 11, 159–195 (2001). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1014802324267
- pet therapy
- cognitive behavioral
- attachment theory
- aggressive behavior
- anger management