VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.
Introduction to Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling
Leslie Stewart Shelton, Michael Leeman, and Caroline O’Hara
The purpose of this manuscript is to raise awareness about AAT and to familiarize readers with the concepts surrounding AAT so that they can be informed aids to clients who might benefit from the technique. To facilitate accurate understanding of AAT, the authors will discuss information relevant to multiple facets of AAT, including (a) what constitutes AAT in counseling, (b) what training is appropriate to practicing AAT, (c) potential benefits of AAT, and (d) contraindications for AAT.