Ethical Considerations in Animal Assisted Therapy: Potential Potholes and the Road Ahead
Guest author: Kirby L. Wycoff, Psy.D., NCSP
From Reading Education Assistance Dogs, to Autism Support Dogs, and everything in between, we are seeing more and more animals serving humans in need. More recently, we have seen the likes of “Canine Support Dogs” or “Crisis Comfort Dogs” showing up in the aftermath of the school shootings, natural disasters and terrorist events. But even with such great need and human suffering, when animals are used in service of humans, the animal’s suitability and preparation for the work, as well as the handler’s ability to advocate for their AAI (Animal Assisted Intervention) partner, deserves our serious consideration."
Evaluating on a Foundation Level
My experience is that things are often far more simple in some ways than they seem.
The dance of a willing partnership between handler and dog is a joy.