Ethics of animal-assisted psychotherapy

Hediger, Karin and Grimm, Herwig and Aigner, Andreas. (2021) Ethics of animal-assisted psychotherapy. In: The Oxford Handbook of Psychotherapy Ethics. Oxford, pp. 904-916.

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Animal-assisted psychotherapy is increasingly popular and attracts considerable attention in science. Integrating animals into therapy aims at generating added value in health and well-being of humans as well as non-human animals. This approach is reflected in the One Health perspective. However, animal-assisted psychotherapy raises issues regarding the ethical standards in the therapy setting in general and ethical reflections about our responsibilities towards therapy animals in particular. According to a dominant account in animal ethics, our moral obligations are based on welfare concerns. But this approach can be supplemented by a contextual view that highlights the moral relevance of particular relationships in animal-assisted psychotherapy. Therapy animals place moral duties on the therapist that go beyond welfare considerations and can be based on relation-based reasoning in the therapeutic context.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Health & Intervention > Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie (Gaab)
07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Health & Intervention > Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (Hediger)
09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) > Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH)
UniBasel Contributors:Hediger, Karin
Item Type:Book Section, refereed
Book Section Subtype:Further Contribution in a Book
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Series Name:Oxford handbooks in philosophy and psychiatry
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Book item
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Last Modified:07 Dec 2022 04:11
Deposited On:29 Oct 2021 12:43

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