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dc.contributor.authorHowsley, Kimberly
dc.date.accessioned2022-01-28T18:59:20Z
dc.date.available2022-01-28T18:59:20Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.urihttps://scholars.smwc.edu/handle/20.500.12770/390
dc.description.abstractThis study examines if including a therapy dog as an adjunct to art therapy in the initial art therapy treatment session will assist the geriatric client in becoming actively present, engaged, less resistant, and gain focus, thereby increasing the efficacy of the art therapy treatment. A review of the current professional literature shows that scant research exists directly related to this area, though the benefits of art therapy and the benefits of animal assisted therapy for clients have been documented. Using “Draw a Tree” as an intervention, it was noted that the presence of the therapy animal led to more rapid focus and engagement with the subjects. Art therapy was seen to be an enjoyable activity creating active presence with or without the therapy animal. Finally, the therapy animal was also an effective aid to the investigator, in helping her maintain focus and establish engagement.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectArt therapyen_US
dc.subjectGeriatricsen_US
dc.titleCombining Art Therapy and Animal Assisted Therapy for the Geriatric Clienten_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.type.degreenameMaster of Arts in Art Therapyen_US


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