Project Title

Benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy in the Prison System

Presenter Hometown

Manchester, Kentucky

Major

Therapeutic Recreation

Department

Recreation and Park Administration

Degree

Undergraduate

Mentor

Sherry L. Jones

Mentor Department

Recreation and Park Administration

Abstract

Animals have been a common ground for people throughout the evolution of time, there’s few people who don’t enjoy the companionship and joy of an animal. In a time where today’s prison system solely focuses on punishment, recidivism is at an alarmingly high rate and rehabilitation back into the community is failing. Research has shown that Animal Assisted Therapy programs within the prison system, can be the answer to all of these problems. Evidence from several studies indicate that inmates gain life enhancing skills, and are able to enhance on coping skills to cater to their emotional and social needs as well. Few things are said about the use of Animal Assisted Therapy Programs in Kentucky, and as a Colonel Scholar I would like to use this information to build a healthier Kentucky. These studies have proven that Animal Assisted Therapy Programs used as interventions in the prison system are crucial to inmate rehabilitation: they gain a variety of skills such as social, emotional, life, physical and a variety of others.

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Poster Number

096

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Benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy in the Prison System

Animals have been a common ground for people throughout the evolution of time, there’s few people who don’t enjoy the companionship and joy of an animal. In a time where today’s prison system solely focuses on punishment, recidivism is at an alarmingly high rate and rehabilitation back into the community is failing. Research has shown that Animal Assisted Therapy programs within the prison system, can be the answer to all of these problems. Evidence from several studies indicate that inmates gain life enhancing skills, and are able to enhance on coping skills to cater to their emotional and social needs as well. Few things are said about the use of Animal Assisted Therapy Programs in Kentucky, and as a Colonel Scholar I would like to use this information to build a healthier Kentucky. These studies have proven that Animal Assisted Therapy Programs used as interventions in the prison system are crucial to inmate rehabilitation: they gain a variety of skills such as social, emotional, life, physical and a variety of others.