Pets and Human Diversity: Toward Culturally Competent, Culturally Humble Psychotherapy

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Despite decades of research, scholarship, and popular interest in Americans’ bonds with their pets, relatively little is known about how cultural diversity affects pet keeping practices or how mental health professionals can best respond to pet-related issues in psychotherapy with a diversity of clients. This chapter synthesizes existing literature on human diversity and human-animal interaction, giving special attention to race, ethnicity, and religion. It offers suggestions for culturally competent, culturally humble practice in regard to human-animal interaction designed to help practitioners provide accurate empathy and non-judgmental understanding to those whose interactions with animals differ from one’s own. It concludes with two complex case examples adapted from practice, which provide readers with an opportunity to reflect on their own beliefs in regard to pet keeping and develop constructive clinical responses.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationClinician's Guide to Treating Companion Animal Issues: Addressing Human-Animal Interaction
StatePublished - 2018


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