HOW TO CREATE AN ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY PRATICE
THAT IS JOYFUL, AUTHENTIC & PROSPEROUS
by Annalisa Smithson & April Klecak
Are you (and your clients) ready to experience the unconditional love and boundless joy of animal-assisted therapy? In Counselor's Best Friend, the companion book to our Animal-Assisted Therapy Course Series, mental health professionals learn the fundamentals of integrating AAT into their clinical work and explore the theory behind the human-animal bond. We bridge the gap from theory to practice, learning specific techniques for the counseling room, including animal-assisted rapport-building, metaphors, mindfulness, grounding, walk & talk therapy, and nurturing the vulnerable. Counselor's Best Friend also fills a critical gap often missing from formal clinical education: how, exactly, to build a private practice. Here, the authors focus specifically on building a practice within the specialized niche of animal-assisted therapy in counseling. The reader will envision their authentic practice, select and train their animal co-therapist, tighten the nuts and bolts of their business, and attract their ideal clients.
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