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Play Therapy with Kids and Canines

Benefits for Children's Developmental and Psychosocial Health


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“Play Therapy With Kids & Canines: Benefits for Children’s Developmental and Psychosocial Health is a fantastic look at the effect that dogs can have in children’s therapy. Risë VanFleet provides constant examples on the way that dogs are integrated specifically into play therapy. Dr. VanFleet goes through the entire process of obtaining a dog for therapeutic uses, and all the ways in which that dog can be beneficial to the child. Her section on canine cotherapists in nondirective and directive play therapy is especially helpful for other play therapists seeking to incorporate dogs in their sessions. The numerous case studies and quotations throughout the book lend an exciting aspect that makes the book interesting to read and constantly makes you want to go further to read the next excerpt. This book is a necessity for play therapists.”
-Heidi G. Kaduson, PhD, RPT-S, Director, The Play Therapy Training Institute, Inc.

Table of Contents
The Story of a Play Therapy Dog
Animal Emotions and the Human-Animal Bond
Animal-Assisted Therapy
Play and Play Therapy
Integration of Animal-Assisted Therapy and Play Therapy
"The Original Play Therapists": A Case for Canines
Considerations for Quality, Ethical Canine Play Therapy Programs
Selecting and Training a Play Therapy Dog
Practical Management
The First Meeting: Preparations and Introductions
Canine Cotherapists in Nondirective and Directive Play Therapy
Anxiety Reduction
Grief and Loss
Building Competence and Confidence
Weight Reduction and Fitness
Attachment & Relationship Building: Canine Applications for Maltreated & Traumatized Children Attentional and Behavioral Difficulties
Communication and Social Anxieties
Families and the Future
Final Suggestions
• 2008 156pp paperback

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Weight0.6 lbs
Dimensions9 × 6.25 × 0.25 in