This is a book about reciprocally rewarding relationships between and among therapists, clients, and the very special animals that have become partners in play therapy. It is a seamless blend of personal narratives, case studies, sound advice for mental health professionals, and rigorous scholarly work. From the first chapter that explains how the authors became interested in the human-animal bond all the way to the last chapter on future directions, their insights ring true. Rather than just writing about Animal Assisted Play Therapy, they live it and use it to reach children for whom other interventions frequently have failed. If you are a newcomer to the field, expect to get a thorough orientation. If you are an experienced play therapist, expect to have your assumptions challenged. These coauthors share impressive credentials, vast experience and considerable wisdom, wit, and candor. They are exceptionally capable guides to the world of Animal Assisted Play Therapy.

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