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Animal-assisted Therapy

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Animals are an important part of many people’s lives — their mere presence can contribute to human’s happiness, making their life more meaningful. However, animals may do more than just provide companionship.

New research suggests they can improve emotional, social and cognitive functioning in adolescents with severe mental disorders. The study, published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, examined the effects of animal-assisted therapy, which is an intervention involving guided interaction between a patient and a trained animal. The purpose of this intervention is to aid a patient’s recovery process.

“The young patients who feel fragile, needy and dependent on others in the hospital context, can experience themselves as caretakers of someone else in the [animal-assisted therapy] environment,” researchers said, according to The Pacific Standard. “This experience can improve their sense of self-agency and self-cure, and these positive effects are not only limited to the human-animal bond, but can be extended to the patient’s global functioning and to the entire process of care.”

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A care plan is agreed for every young person reflecting their needs across the domains of mental health, risk, family, social functioning and education.

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Staff take into account family history and current functioning: genetic and psychosocial factors, household composition, history of parent’s own childhood, life events, sibling relationships, parental strengths and difficulties, absent parents, separated parents relationship.

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The ability to undertake a thorough assessment is crucial if the CAMHS worker is to understand the difficulties that concern the child/young person and family. A multidimensional assessment of the child/young person’s needs aims to analyse different aspects of the child/young person and family’s functioning, and combine information from different methods and types of source. (UCL CAMHS Competence model).

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Support plans include a record of the key outcomes and targets to be achieved (e.g. improved family functioning, improved household management skills, reduction in antisocial behaviour). From https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/intervening-to-improve-outcomes-for-vulnerable-young-people-a-review-of-the-evidence

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Staff assess the child’s functioning within multiple systems. (See UCL CAMHS Competence model)

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