Date of Award


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Capstone Paper


Counselor Education


The purpose of this paper is to discuss current trends among adolescents with internalizing disorders such as anxiety and depression and to propose the use of animal assisted therapy to intervene with this population. Discussion will center on the use of animal assisted therapy in school counseling to supplement interventions for students who have internalizing disorders, as well as for use in classroom guidance. Types of therapy animals discussed at length will include be dogs and small mammals with a specific focus on dogs. In addition, this paper will examine the human-animal bond and the benefits of utilizing the human-animal bond in school counseling. The physiological and emotional impact that animals have on humans will be addressed. Considerations and suggestions for implementing and using therapy animals as tools to supplement a school counseling program will also be discussed.

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