Wednesday May 10, 2023

E64. The Service Dog Episode: Psychology of Support

E64. The Service Dog Episode: Psychology of Support


#SupportAnimalSecrets  #TherapyBites 


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Today, we're diving into a dog’s eye view of the fascinating world of service & support animals. Ever wondered about the difference between service dogs, emotional support animals, and therapy animals? TBALrs, we're here to unleash some facts and kennel the confusion!


Join Dr. Heath and the A.R.T. LAB Team as they discuss the roles of these incredible animals and the impact they have on people's lives. They'll cover everything from the unique tasks performed by service dogs to the controversy surrounding emotional support animals. And yes, even a story about a Whopper hamburger being registered as a service dog! 😂


If you're curious about the laws, training, and challenges faced by those with service & support animals, this episode is for you. Stay tuned, and learn how these furry companions can change lives for the better.


For further reading, here are three peer-reviewed articles on service and support animals and mental health:


1. Rodriguez, K. E., Bryce, C. I., Granger, D. A., & O'Haire, M. E. (2018). The effect of a service dog on salivary cortisol awakening response in a military population with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Psychoneuroendocrinology, 98, 202-210.


2. Krause-Parello, C. A., & Gulick, E. E. (2015). Forensic interviews for children with an autism spectrum disorder and a comparison group: The role of animal-assisted intervention. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 11(3), 133-142.


3. Younggren, J. N., Boisvert, J. A., & Boness, C. L. (2016). Examining emotional support animals and role conflicts in professional psychology. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 47(4), 255-260.


Get ready to expand your knowledge and have a few laughs along the way 🐾🎙️


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