Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is a type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment. The goal of AAT is to improve a patient’s social, emotional, or cognitive functioning. Advocates state that animals can be useful for educational and motivational effectiveness for participants. A therapist who brings along a pet may be viewed as being less threatening, increasing the rapport between patient and therapist. Animals used in therapy include domesticated pets, farm animals and marine mammals (such as dolphins). The research literature states concerns about the poor quality of medical evidence underpinning AAT.
Wilson's (1984) biophilia hypothesis is based on the premise that our attachment to and interest in animals stems from the strong possibility that human survival was partly dependent on signals from animals in the environment indicating safety or threat. The biophilia hypothesis suggests that now, if we see animals at rest or in a peaceful state, this may signal to us safety, security and feelings of well-being which in turn may trigger a state where personal change and healing are possible
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Mates4Mates Equine Therapy Programme -
Equine Therapy: The healing power of horses - Mates4Mates supports current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members (and their families) who have physical or psychological wounds, injuries or illnesses as a result of their service. Go to website - http://mates4mates.org/who-we-are/
Delta Therapy Dogs
Delta Therapy Dogs is a heartwarming program that brings the joys of animal companionship to those who need it most.
Delta’s amazing and devoted volunteer Therapy Dog Teams brighten the lives of an estimated 20,000 Australians in hospitals and care facilities every week. http://www.deltasociety.com.au/pages/delta-therapy-dogs.html
THE CENTRE FOR SERVICE AND THERAPY DOGS AUSTRALIA (CSTDA) - is focused on working with specifically trained dogs within mutually defined programs, to assist people to achieve predefined therapeutic goals and to create a lasting partnership that aims to improve quality of life, enhance independence and facilitate increased participation in society. http://www.cstda.com.au/