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History of Animal-Assisted Therapy

Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) has been practiced in health care settings for many years. Coincidentally, one of the first documented uses of animal-assisted therapy in a mental health setting was in Washington, D.C. In 1919, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., introduced the use of animals into their treatment of psychiatric patients. The later integration of animal-assisted therapy with clinical psychology is attributed to a child psychologist, Boris Levinson. In his paper, “The Dog as a Co-Therapist,” he described using dogs to aid in the treatment of disturbed, uncommunicative children.

Animal-Assisted Therapy Reading List

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Animal-Assisted Therapy Conferences

The following organizations offer conferences that may be of interest to those interested in animal-assisted therapy:

Organizations Relevant to Animal-Assisted Therapy