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I am both a paralegal and clinical psychologist who has worked in
criminal justice systems in the U.S.
and Canada. In my private practice
I have successfully used animal-assisted therapy (AAT) techniques
in treating patients with a variety of
problems, so I was pleased to see the
article, “Working Like a Dog: Courthouse Dogs Comfort Crime Victims
[Dec 2013/Jan 2014 NWLawyer].
Psychologists have been using animals, particularly dogs, in their clinical interventions for decades. There
is growing recognition of the health
benefits that can be achieved from
animal-human interactions. It is encouraging to see that these benefits
are now being extended to the legal system, particularly to victims
of crime. The article, however, neglected to mention the fact that these
benefits can also extend to attorneys,
paralegals, judges, and jurors. Being
exposed day after day to emotionally
charged or traumatic courtroom testimony can be distressing. Dogs can
help to calm and comfort everyone in
Jennifer A. Boisvert, Long Beach, CA
I enjoyed the article on court service
dogs. I have enjoyed the companionship of
our four legged
family members my whole
life. While my
Obi Wan Abbott
mix see attached