Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The Practice of Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy: An Innovative Modality for Facilitating Mental Wellness by Lynn J. Piper, Ph.D. is a book with an educational and informative theme of Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy. The book guides mental health professionals in practicing Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy (AAP). The book is useful for seasoned practitioners and also novices and it assists ably in providing mental wellness to clients. The book extensively covers all the areas related to AAP, making it helpful to the therapist in helping clients with mental illnesses. The book also tells readers what types of dogs can be used as therapy dogs and what training has to be given to these dogs to make them suitable for providing therapy.
The book opens another window to readers by bringing in therapy dogs in healing someone with mental illnesses. AAP really works in places where the patient is a recluse and is wary of making friends with humans. Therapy dogs are assigned to do various tricks while being with the patient. The client reflection towards the end of the book tells readers about the success ratio of AAP. The safety aspect while dealing with therapy dogs is guaranteed.
This book exposes readers to a new method of helping improve mental health. It offers many options to patients who are introverts and find themselves uneasy about opening up to humans and strangers. Where normal therapy does not work, AAP can be the ideal substitute. An excellent book that will open your mind to new vistas.