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Animal-Assisted Therapy: Benefits and Challenges

  • Mary Cole
  • Maureen Howard
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Abstract

As counsellors working in southern Alberta, Canada, we have been fortunate to practice animal-assisted therapy to supplement more traditional counselling methods. We have seen that the presence of an animal can speed up rapport building, break down communication barriers and create a meaningful platform for learning, personal growth and desired change. At the same time, we have also directly experienced the challenges and ethical considerations when working with therapy animals.

Keywords

Farm Animal Animal Welfare Rapport Building Oxytocin Level Animal Welfare Issue 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cole and Associates Counselling ServicesCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.TappenCanada

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