Promoting School Connectedness Through Animal-Assisted Therapy

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,6
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 1: Promoting Safe and Positive Schools

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. strengthen student mental health and social development by fostering school connectedness.
  2. implement animal-assisted therapy as a school-wide, preventive service.
  3. advocate for preventive services that support student success, as guided by the NASP Practice Model.


How does animal-assisted therapy (AAT) foster school connectedness and why is school connectedness important to cultivate student mental health and social development? This poster presentation will review and synthesize relevant research literature and provide an AAT implementation roadmap for school psychologists to promote school connectedness. Practitioners will learn how AAT supports school connectedness and will gain a comprehensive guide to implement AAT in their school.



Deirdre A. Dwyer, Rhode Island College

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