Currently the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community does not have an Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) program. The purpose of this project was to research AAT programs that exist in First Nation Communities. The ultimate goal was to present evidence to support the implementation of a culturally based AAT program into the current mental health model within the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. The Animal Assisted Therapeutic Learning (ATTL) program would incorporate traditional beliefs with contemporary ways of life in regard to healing and mental health.
Nancy M. Fitzsimons
Date of Degree
Other Capstone Project
Master of Social Work (MSW)
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Simon, Heidi, "Natural Connections: A Recommendation to Implement an Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) Program within the Shakopee MdewakantonSioux Community" (2011). All Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Other Capstone Projects. 539.
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