Prison Project: Canine Facilitated Animal Assisted Intervention
Department of Sociology, School of Public Health, University of Saskatchewan; Drumheller Institution; Prairie Regional Psychiatric Centre; Stony Mountain Institution; Faculty of Social Work  University of Regina; St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program (Saskatchewan) (Manitoba); PAWSitive Support

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Funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (INMHA) & Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse

The purpose of the project is to undertake an evaluation of the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog (SK & MB) and PAWSitive Support (AB) programs being offered at federal institutions in the Prairie provinces of Canada. The program offerings range from an animal assisted activity (AAA) [no therapist involved in the visit] to an animal assisted therapy (AAT) [therapist involved in the visit]. A virtual follow-up virtual visiting  component was recently added. The research question is: Does the program help participants connect with a Therapy Dog through the attainment of perceived love and support? There are several outcome measures identified (e.g., induce calmness, sociability). Read more here.