ANIMAL ASSISTED COUNSELING:
There seems to be a natural tendency for humans and animals to form a
relationship with one another, even if the animal is not the persons.
This involves goal directed activities designed
to improve the client’s quality of life through utilization of the human-animal
This involves such tasks as visiting with
animals and friendly petting with playful activity.
It may also include education about or related
to the animal itself. A counselor would set therapeutic goals, guide
interaction between client and animal, measure progress toward meeting
goals and evaluate the process.
Why involve animals in counseling?
The client may be more motivated to attend and participate in counseling
because of the desire to spend time with the animal.
The client may receive healing nurturance and affection through physical
The client may experience soothing comfort from petting or holding the
The client may experience enjoyment and entertainment from the
interaction with the animal
The client may be able to form a more trusting relationship with a
counselor by the way the counselor interacts with the animal.
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