Animal-Assisted Interventions in Health Care Settings: A Best Practices Manual for Establishing New Programs

Animal-Assisted Interventions in Health Care Settings: A Best Practices Manual for Establishing New Programs (ePub)

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 Animal-Assisted Interventions in Health Care Settings: A Best Practices Manual for Establishing New Programs
ePub
Purdue University Press
06/15/2018
70pp
English
1612495389
9781612495385
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Book Description

Growing literature around the benefits of animal-assisted intervention (AAI) spurs health care professionals and administrators to start new programs. Yet the trend also raises questions of how best to begin and run successful AAI programs—under what circumstances, with what staff, and within what guidelines.

Animal-Assisted Interventions in Health Care Settings: A Best Practices Manual for Establishing New Programs succinctly outlines how best to develop, implement, run, and evaluate AAI programs. Drawing on extensive professional experiences and research from more than fifteen years leading the Center for Human-Animal Interaction in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, the authors discuss both best practices and best reasons for establishing AAI programs. For thorough consideration, the text explores benefits from a variety of perspectives, including how AAI can improve patient experience, provide additional career development for staff, and contribute favorably to organizational culture as well as to the reputation of the facility in the surrounding community.

Developed for administrators as well as for volunteers and staff, Animal-Assisted Interventions in Health Care Settings includes practical, case-based examples for easy comprehension and offers user-friendly templates that can be adapted to develop practice-specific training, evaluation, and procedure manuals.

About the Author(s):

Sandra B. Barker

Sandra B. Barker is a professor of psychiatry and Bill Balaban Chair in Human-Animal Interaction at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She is director of the VCU School of Medicine Center for Human-Animal Interaction. Barker has over twenty-five years of direct experience in human-animal interaction research and animal-assisted intervention practice.

Rebecca Holloway is a volunteer coordinator at the Center for Human-Animal Interaction and a master’s of health administration candidate at VCU. Holloway has considerable experience in volunteer recruitment, retention, and management. She also has a background in dog training, and has served as a research assistant on several animal-assisted intervention studies.

Randolph T. Barker is a professor emeritus in the VCU School of Business and a fellow and professor at the Williamson Institute for Health Studies. Barker has extensive experience in management and program implementation. He serves as affiliate faculty senior research associate and administrative volunteer in the Center for Human-Animal Interaction.