If you are a therapist currently delivering Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) to children and young people aged 18 and below; and are interested in participating in a qualitative study exploring your perspective, keep reading!

I am in my final year of an MSc in Counselling Children and Young People at the University of Northampton. I have a keen interest in AAT and have noticed that there is very little research within this field which is why I have chosen AAT as a focus of my dissertation. The research, ‘A thematic analysis exploring therapist's’ perspective of their use of Animal Assisted Therapy’, has cleared ethical approval by the ethics board at the University of Northampton.

Participant criteria:

  • A therapist currently utilising AAT with children and young people aged 18 and below,
  • Located in the Midlands/South of England

There are no restrictions on the animals used to support the therapy, the length of therapy or the time of AAT qualification.
Participation will involve a 1-hour, face-to-face semi-structured interview addressing your views and perspective on your use of animal assisted therapy at a location, time and date to suit your needs.

For more information, or to receive the documentation to participate, please email jess.parry17@my.northampton.ac.uk. I will then forward you the information sheet, demographic and consent forms to be completed.

Thank you for taking your time to acknowledge this research.