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Pet Facilitated Therapy in Correctional Institutions

Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Women

Correctional Service of Canada

April 1998

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

A. Methodology

B. Defining PFT

C. Literature

D. Background – A Brief Overview

i) PFT in Prisons

ii) PFT in Nursing Homes

iii)PFT in Psychiatric Hospitals

THERAPEUTIC ASPECTS OF PFT IN AN INSTITUTIONAL SETTING

A. Health

B. Interviews - Lexington Correctional Center

VIDEO REVIEWS

A. Prison Pet Partnership

B. Wild Horses, Gentled Inmates

C. California State

D. Colorado State

E. Pets for Freedom

STAFF

VOCATIONAL ASPECTS

A. Self Motivation

B. Training and Certification

C. Employment Opportunities

IMPLEMENTING PFT

A. Planning

B. Objectives

C. Animal Selection

D. Training

E. Trial

F. Funding

G. Screening Applicants

H. Setting Long Term Goals

I. Health and Security

J. An Unsuccessful Program

K. Why Programs Close

L. Ethics

M. Policies, Rules and Regulations

N. Program Evalutation

O. Reports

CONCLUSION

CONTACT ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS

APPENDICES

Appendix I: An Overview Of Pet Programs In Correctional Institutions

Appendix II: Lexington Interview Questions

Appendix III: Planning Strategy For Beginning a PFT Program

Appendix IV: Training Equipment Inventory for Prison Pet

Appendix V: Prison Pet Partnership Program Dog Trainer Contract

Appendix VI: Agreement for Inmate Volunteers for the Prison Pet Partnership Program

Appendix VII: Canine Standing Orders

WORKS CITED

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS