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Capstone Paper


Counselor Education


Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is becoming increasingly popular in school and therapeutic settings across the country (Friesen, 2010). In animal-assisted therapy (AAT), a certified therapy animal works in partnership with the counselor and/or the dog handler to provide a positive and therapeutic school environment. In this literature review, topics that are discussed include: AAT qualifications that distinguish AAT from other animal-related activities, the history of AAT, the congruence of AAT practices in theories of counseling, benefits and concerns of animal-assisted therapy, examples of AAT in classroom and counseling settings, how to establish and implement an AAT program, therapy animal considerations, and opportunities in Southwest Wisconsin for individuals who wish to enroll in animalassisted therapy training.

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