UAE: Dogs, tortoises help over 30 patients in first-of-its-kind animal-assisted psychotherapy programme

  • Date: 15-Aug-2022
  • Source: Khaleej Times
  • Sector:Healthcare
  • Country:UAE
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UAE: Dogs, tortoises help over 30 patients in first-of-its-kind animal-assisted psychotherapy programme

Therapy benefited women, children who experienced severe trauma in first phase

Published: Mon 15 Aug 2022, 2:28 PM

The UAE's first-of-its-kind animal-assisted psychotherapy program has successfully completed its first phase.

The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children (DFWAC) 's implemented this in cooperation with Dubai Police, Al Marmoom Initiative, and PoshPaws Kennels and Cattery.

The program benefited 30 women and children over the course of 131 therapy sessions and produced exceptional results.

The Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy program was launched in November 2021 as a complementary or alternative therapy to traditional psychological sessions.

Trained animals are used to improve the social and psychological condition of children and adults, particularly after experiencing severe trauma or bad events like disease, bereavement, violence, or abuse.

Sheikha Saeed Al Mansoori, Acting Director General of Dubai Foundation for Women and Children said, "We are pleased to announce today that the first phase of the UAE's first-of-its-kind "Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy" program was successful.

The program was developed to fulfill the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, who underlined the necessity of guaranteeing both individual and communal satisfaction as well as promoting coherence and integration among various local entities."

She added, "It is our mission to improve