If a dog works with a Psychotherapist, should the dog have a degree too?

Last summer, Dr. Hannah Allen-Miller completed her dissertation at the Michigan School of Professional Psychology entitled “Animal Assisted Psychotherapy: An Exploration of The Adult Client’s Experience of Individual Psychotherapy with the Assistance of a Dog”. Her research included intensive interviews following a narrative model of qualitative research to co-create meaning from the stories of the participants.


The goal of this project was to find out how the dog influenced the client’s experience.  Eight themes were identified through a detailed data analysis of the complex interviews and listed from most commonly identified themes. Read the article for details regarding this insightful paper.


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