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Recommended Readings:

The Practice of Animal Assisted Psychotherapy: An Innovative Modality for Facilitating Mental Wellness

The Practice of Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy: An Innovative Modality for Facilitating Mental Wellness

This is a book aimed at providing comprehensive information to mental health professionals so they can practice in the modality of Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy (AAP). Through case illustrations this book describes how specially trained therapy dogs assist a human therapist to work with clients’ mental health issues. This book can be used by novices or seasoned therapists to help them understand the power of AAP and how this modality can facilitate mental wellness, improve a client’s insight, and to aid in bringing to light clinical issues.

Additionally, the book describes the history, potential risks, benefits, ethical and legal concerns related to the provision of AAP. This 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. Numerous case vignettes demonstrate the efficacy of AAP with different theoretical orientations.



ADHD

Barkley, R. (2000). Taking charge of ADHD (Revised Edition): The complete, authoritative guide for parents. Guilford Press.

Hallowell, E. (1995). Driven To distraction: Recognizing and coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from childhood through adulthood. Touchstone.

Anger

Nay, W.R. (2004). Taking Charge of Anger: How to resolve conflict, sustain relationships, and express yourself without losing control. New York, NY: Guildford Press.

Bipolar Disorder

Demitri, F., & Papolos, J.(2002). The bipolar child: The definitive and reassuring guide to childhood's most misunderstood disorder. Broadway Books.

Children

Marans, S (2005) Listening to Fear: Helping kids cope, from nightmares to the nightly news. New York, NY: Henry Holt & Company.

Chansky, T. (2000). Freeing your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. New York, NY: Three Rivers Press.

Depression

Burns, D. (1990). The Feeling Good Handbook. New York: Penguin Books.

Seligman, M. (1990). Learned Optimism: How to change your mind and your life. New York, NY: Pocket Books.

Greenspan, M. (2003). Healing Through the Dark Emotions: The Wisdom of Grief, Fear, and Despair. Boston, MA: Shambhala Publications, Inc.

Real, T. (1998). I don’t want to talk about it: Overcoming the secret legacy of male Depression. New York, NY: Harper Collins Publisher, Inc.

Grief

Greenspan, M. (2003). Healing Through the Dark Emotions: The Wisdom of Grief, Fear, and Despair. Boston, MA: Shambhala Publications, Inc.

Parenting

Cline, F., & Fay, J. (1990). Parenting with love and logic: Teaching children responsibility. Colorado Springs, CO: Pinon Press.

Fay, J., Cline, F., & Sornson, B. (2000). Meeting the challenge: Using love and logic to help children develop attention and behavior skills. Golden, CO: Love and Logic Press.

Phelan, T.W. (2004). 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12. Glen Ellyn.IL: ParentMagic, Inc.

Kazdin, A.E. (2008). The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

Relationships

Fruzzetti, A.E. (2006). The high-conflict couple: A dialectical behavior therapy guide to finding peace, intimacy, and validation.  Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Schnarch, D. (2009). Passionate marriage: Sex, love, and intimacy in emotionally committed relationships.  New York, NY: W.W. Norton and Company, Inc.

Social Anxiety

Anthony, M M. & Swinson, R.P (2000). The shyness and social anxiety Workbook: Proven techniques for overcoming your fears. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Stress

Davis, M., Robbins-Eshelman, E, & McKay, M. (2000). The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook (Fifth Edition). Oakland CA: New Harbinger Publications.

Teenagers

Taffel, R. (2005). Breaking through to teens: A new psychology for the new adolescent. New York, NY: Guildford Press.

Trauma

Rosenbloom, D., Williams, M.B., & Watkins, B.E. (1999). Life after Trauma: A workbook for healing. New York, NY: Guildford Press.

Bass, E., & Davis, L. (1994). Courage to Heal: A guide for women survivors of child sex abuse (Third edition). New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishers.

Williams, M.B. & Poijula, S. (2002). The PTSD workbook: Simple, effective techniques for overcoming traumatic stress. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Women

Foley, s., Kope, S.A., & Sugrue, D.P. (2002). Sex matters for women: A complete guide to taking care of your sexual self. New York, NY: The Guildford Press.

 
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