First Advisor

Garnar, Martin

Thesis Committee Member(s)

Miller, Amanda & Howe, J. Thomas


Regis College

Degree Name



Regis College Senior Honors Program

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

61 pages


This thesis explores the use of Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) in conjunction with traditional therapy practices. After a brief history of AAT and examples of a few different settings in which it has been used, it specifically examines the benefits of AAT when working with adolescents who have experienced trauma. Chapter five showcases an organization in Denver that works with adolescents who have experienced trauma and is currently using AAT in their therapy practices. This chapter shows how AAT can be extremely beneficial for the healing process of these children as well as how it has impacted their therapeutic intervention in many different ways.

Date of Award

Spring 2014

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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