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dc.contributor.authorBolt, Charlotte
dc.contributor.authorHeath, Jennifer
dc.contributor.authorMoss, Duncan
dc.date.accessioned2022-12-22T15:45:04Z
dc.date.available2022-12-22T15:45:04Z
dc.date.issued2022-05-31
dc.identifier.citationBolt , C , Heath , J & Moss , D 2022 , ' Exploring the therapeutic opportunities, challenges and psychological mechanisms of integrating dogs into psychological therapies with adults ' , Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice , vol. 47 , 101564 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2022.101564
dc.identifier.issn1873-6947
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0003-2630-7417/work/125259539
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2299/25963
dc.description© 2022 Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is the author’s accepted version of the work, which was originally published at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2022.101564
dc.description.abstractThe therapeutic benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) are well-documented and AAT research often involves dogs. Despite growing research into the therapeutic value of therapy dogs' visitation within health and psychiatric contexts, research specifically into the integration of dogs into psychological therapies is limited. Current Dog Assisted Psychological Therapy (DAPT) research is novel and limited. DAPT research predominantly focuses on therapist perspectives and use quantitative or case study methodologies. Research into adults' experience of DAPT is limited. Therefore, this research explored the experiences of adults receiving DAPT, who self-identified as experiencing mental health difficulties. Specific aims were to gain a broad insight into the experienced opportunities, challenges and factors impacting participants' experience of therapy, to help inform the clinical implications of DAPT. Qualitative methodology was used by conducting semi-structured interviews with six participants sharing their experiences of DAPT. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) enabled exploration of important issues regarding participants' experiences. Five themes emerged: 1) Relationship with dog(s); 2) Providing a safe therapeutic atmosphere; 3) Distraction; 4) Facilitating personal insights; and 5) Concern for the dog's wellbeing. Relationships between the themes are illustrated, and the theoretical relevance to psychological models and clinical applications are discussed. This research demonstrated that, where clinically and ethically appropriate, DAPT can provide therapeutic opportunities to facilitate psychological therapies. The therapist's skills in managing interactions and potential distraction, the client's prior experiences of dogs and the dog's wellbeing are all important considerations to manage some of the identified challenges within DAPT. Further research is needed to inform practice guidelines, specifically in terms of which psychological models and patient groups DAPT might be best suited to, and further exploration of DAPT practice within different clinical and cultural populations.en
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dc.format.extent106279
dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofComplementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
dc.subjectAnimal-assisted therapy
dc.subjectCanine-assisted therapy
dc.subjectClinical psychology
dc.subjectPsychotherapy
dc.subjectComplementary and alternative medicine
dc.titleExploring the therapeutic opportunities, challenges and psychological mechanisms of integrating dogs into psychological therapies with adultsen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Psychology, Sport and Geography
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of Life and Medical Sciences
dc.contributor.institutionHealth and Clinical Psychology Research Group
dc.contributor.institutionCentre for Research in Psychology and Sport Sciences
dc.description.statusPeer reviewed
dc.date.embargoedUntil2023-02-23
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rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1016/j.ctcp.2022.101564
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