The Experiences of Counselors Who Incorporate Animal-Assisted Therapy in Their Work with Clients: A Phenomenological Investigation

dc.contributor.advisorDuffey, Thelma
dc.contributor.authorCorley, Shawna Marie
dc.contributor.committeeMemberJones, Brenda
dc.contributor.committeeMemberTrepal, Heather
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSchutz, Paul
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHaberstroh, Shane
dc.creator.orcidhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8486-6500
dc.date.accessioned2024-02-09T20:18:30Z
dc.date.available2024-02-09T20:18:30Z
dc.date.issued2019
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dc.description.abstractAnimal-assisted therapy is a goal-oriented, structured, and documented therapeutic intervention directed by healthcare professionals to aid clients in reaching identified goals, which might be difficult to achieve otherwise (Barker, Pandurangi, & Best, 2003; Chandler, 2012; Nimer & Lundhal, 2007; Pet Partners, 2017). The experience of counselors using a therapy dog in their work with clients remains unaddressed within the research, even though researchers have provided support for the benefits received by clients when a counselor incorporates animal-assisted therapy into their work (Chandler, 2012; Fine & Beck, 2010; Hart, 2010; Pet Partners, 2017). The purpose of the current study was to understand the lived experiences of professional counselors who incorporate animal-assisted therapy in their work with clients. Eight professional counselors participated in the study through interviews. Individual syntheses were analyzed utilizing social constructivism and attachment theory as a guiding theoretical framework. After analyzing participant's individual synthesis, a group analysis was conducted producing four overarching themes 1) Benefits Received by the Counselor, 2) Working with a Therapy Dog is a Partnership, 3) Session Management, and 4) Benefits to Clients with the Dog Present. Four subthemes also emerged: protector, mutual respect, bond, and training need. Suggestions for future research and implications for counselors are provided.
dc.description.departmentCounseling
dc.format.extent118 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12588/3091
dc.languageen
dc.subjectAnimal-Assisted Therapy
dc.subjectCounseling
dc.subjectPhenomenological
dc.subject.classificationCounseling Psychology
dc.subject.classificationTherapy
dc.titleThe Experiences of Counselors Who Incorporate Animal-Assisted Therapy in Their Work with Clients: A Phenomenological Investigation
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.dcmiText
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thesis.degree.departmentCounseling
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at San Antonio
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy

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