As interest in Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI) grows, there is increasing need to differentiate informal activities from formal and professionally directed therapies, including mental health focused Canine-Assisted Psychotherapy (CAP). There have been no reviews focusing exclusively on CAP and the distinct developmental period of adolescence. The aims of this study were to identify the characteristics of CAP interventions, their impacts and their acceptability, tolerability and feasibility for adolescents with mental health disorders.
This course is based on the article, Incorporating Animal-Assisted Therapy in Mental Health Treatments for adolescents-A Systematic Review of Canine Assisted Psychotherapy created by Melanie G. Jones, et al. in 2019.
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Melanie G. Jones
Melanie Jones is a Psychologist, Animal-Assisted Therapist, Professional Dog Trainer and the Director of Lead the Way. Melanie is also a Senior Canine Behavioural Trainer, with extensive experience in therapy- and therapeutic-dog training. For over 15 years Melanie has worked with children, adolescents and families in need.
Simon M. Rice,
Simon Rice is a Senior Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist and associate professor at the University of Melbourne. He has broad research interests stemming from his clinical and consulting work across the youth mental health and elite sports sectors.
Susan M. Cotton, PhD
Professor Sue Cotton is the Head, Health Services and Outcomes Research at Orygen The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, Parkville, Victoria, Australia. Her research areas include measuring change and progress in young people with mental illness, and particularly those with first episode psychosis, in order to improve outcomes.
L.A. Rankin is a social worker with experience in many different settings with a variety of clients. She has worked with dementia and Alzheimers patients, dual diagnosis MH/MR, in a battered women’s shelter, and a rape crisis center. She also has 11 years of experience as a child protective social worker, where she earned certificates in domestic abuse/family violence and substance abuse.
Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
Acknowledge the different types of Animal Assisted Therapy available, and difference among them.
Identify the most effective therapies for adolescents.
Extrapolate the treatment based on the diagnosis, issues of the adolescents, and personality match between canine and adolescent.
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