Reviews "...Play Therapy with Kids & Canines serves as an informative and motivational launching point for professionals to begin their training in the integration of play and the use of canine cotherapists.... With the emphasis that training must continually be a two-sided activity, this author introduces practical guidelines and considerations... A resounding strength of this book is found in the sections that describe specific AAPT interventions to target a number of presenting clinical problems.... Play Therapy with Kids & Canines is a highly readable book that sheds light on the work of both human and canine pioneers in an approach to therapy that shows great promise in the treatment of children." - PsycCRITIQUES (An American Psychological Association publication)
"Play Therapy With Kids & Canines: Benefits for Children's Developmental and Psychosocial Health is a fantastic look at the effect that dogs can have in children's therapy. Risë VanFleet provides constant examples on the way that dogs are integrated specifically into play therapy. Dr. VanFleet goes through the entire process of obtaining a dog for therapeutic uses, and all the ways in which that dog can be beneficial to the child. Her section on canine cotherapists in nondirective and directive play therapy is especially helpful for other play therapists seeking to incorporate dogs in their sessions. The numerous case studies and quotations throughout the book lend an exciting aspect that makes the book interesting to read and constantly makes you want to go further to read the next excerpt. This book is a necessity for play therapists." -Heidi G. Kaduson, PhD, RPT-S, Director, The Play Therapy Training Institute, Inc.
"Kids and dogs share a special bond. Risë VanFleet teaches therapists precisely how they can use this magical relationship to help children deal with stress and recover from trauma. Furry friends can soothe the soul." -Colleen Pelar, CPDT, CDBC, author of Living with Kids and Dogs. . . Without Losing Your Mind
"Risë VanFleet offers a valuable addition to the literature on both animal assisted therapy and play therapy. VanFleet's approach to integrating these two therapeutic modalities is a monumental step forward in the clinical treatment of children. This work provides comprehensive coverage of foundations and applications of animal assisted play therapy that is interlaced with extraordinary case examples which invoke awe and wonderment in the reader." -Cynthia K. Chandler, EdD, author of Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling
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This book is an excellent resource for those professionals interested in incorporating Animal Assisted Play Therapy
by Sarah Pellizzari
August 24 2016
This book is an excellent resource for those professionals interested in incorporating Animal Assisted Play Therapy into their sessions and those who already do use AAPT. I am so glad to have it as a resource in my AAT library, and appreciated the concrete examples that Van Fleet provides of how she has incorporated canines into play therapy, particularly for children with trauma.