Date Presented 4/16/2015

Animal-assisted therapists have specific motives that inspire involvement in therapy and have specific rewards that promote continuation. Through understanding these motives and rewards, occupational therapists can work with animal-assisted therapists to create client-centered interventions. Diversifying the field of occupational therapy with the inclusion of animal-assisted therapy would benefit clients, therapists, and the profession. This study is the first to look at the motives of animal-assisted therapists.

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