Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Therapeutic Potential of Pets: The Healing Power of Dogs in Counseling Psychology
by Roski Pearl, Katrina A., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2012, 85; 1507442
Abstract (Summary)

Humankind's relationship with the animal kingdom has been essential to our existence on the planet. As the first animal to be domesticated, dogs have been our helping and healing companions throughout history; they are now serving as powerful adjuncts to the healing process in counseling psychotherapy.

This thesis explores the evolution of the human-animal bond with a specific emphasis on our canine companions. It examines the historical and cultural relationship of people and pets, and the history and scope of pet-assisted therapy. Ethical concerns and practical considerations are also addressed.

The author utilizes heuristic and artistic-creative methodology in this production thesis, incorporating three fictional vignettes in which the author's dog plays an integral role in the therapeutic process. These vignettes are representative of the author's personal experience with her pet in private practice. They demonstrate the unique benefits of peta-ssisted therapy, and, specifically, the healing power of dogs in the therapeutic setting.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mohan, Angela
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral Sciences, Counseling Psychology
Publication Number: 1507442
ISBN: 978-1-267-14920-6
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