Winner of the 2008 Sit-Speak-Act Canine Service Award sponsored by the Planet Dog Foundation and judged in the Dog Writers Association of America competition
"...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
Table of Contents
The Story of a Play Therapy Dog
Animal Emotions and the Human-Animal Bond
Play and Play Therapy
Integration of Animal-Assisted Therapy and Play Therapy
"The Original Play Therapists": A Case for Canines
Considerations for Quality, Ethical Canine Play Therapy Programs
Selecting and Training a Play Therapy Dog
The First Meeting: Preparations and Introductions
Canine Cotherapists in Nondirective and Directive Play Therapy
Grief and Loss
Building Competence and Confidence
Weight Reduction and Fitness
Attachment & Relationship Building: Canine Applications for Maltreated & Traumatized Children Attentional and Behavioral Difficulties
Communication and Social Anxieties
Families and the Future
About the Author:
Risë VanFleet, PhD, RPT-S, is a licensed psychologist and registered play therapist-supervisor with over 35 years of clinical and leadership experience in a variety of settings. She is the President of the Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Center, Inc. in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, of which the Playful Pooch Program is a part. Dr. VanFleet is the founder of the International Collaborative on Play Therapy and a Past President/Board Chair of the Association for Play Therapy. She has authored several books on filial/family therapy, numerous chapters and articles on play therapy, and is featured on four popular DVD workshops. Dr. VanFleet has trained thousands worldwide and has received two prestigious national awards for her work. She is involved in program development and ongoing research on the use of animals in conjunction with therapy, with particular focus on canine-assisted play therapy. She is an Approved Evaluator with the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen® Program, a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and she offers training programs for professionals on filial therapy and the use of dogs in play therapy. Dr. VanFleet is also author of Filial Therapy: Strengthening Parent-Child Relationships Through Play (Professional Resource Press, 2005).